Friday, March 15, 2019

Homeschool 101

HOMESCHOOL 101 - FOR BEGINNERS
           
It's decision time! You already know that your desire is to stay at home and homeschool your kids. How do you pull everything together and actually do it?


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Here is a simple step-by-step guide and checklist to assist families who are planning to homeschool. The order may vary depending on your family's circumstances. We encourage you to print this page and put a check mark as you complete each step. Homeschool 101 was born out of our nine (9) years of homeschooling experience. May this be of help to you! God Bless you in your homeschooling endeavor!

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HOMESCHOOL 101 - FOR THOSE PLANNING TO HOMESCHOOL

 1)   Pray for God's guidance and wisdom. Read the Bible for direction. Some passages to meditate on (below) are Deutoronomy 6:4-9, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4 and Luke 2:52. A suggested daily reading/devotion is the book of Proverbs. There are 31 Chapters, 1 for each day of the month. Proverbs is God's instruction book for daily living, including parenting! "A proverb a day keeps the devil away!"

 2)   Husband and wife, discuss and agree together on homeschooling.

 3)   Sit down with your children and discuss your decision to homeschool.
    
 4)   Get your house in order. Establish routines, chores, and consistent discipline. Limit time spent on TV and computer games. Recommended parenting resources are available at Growing Families International, Focus On The Family, or DoorPosts. We highly recommend Growing Kids God's Way Parenting Class and the book For Instructions in Righteousness by DoorPosts.

5)  Get your marriage in order. The primary support for your homeschool is the husband and wife relationship. If there are unresolved issues between you and your spouse, it is more likely that your homeschool will be unstable, distracted and disorganized. Suggested resources to strengthen your marriage and family are available through Family Life and Gary Smalley. Try to go to a Family Life Marriage Conference. Also read the following books by Gary Smalley - "For Better or Best" and "If Only He Knew."

6)   Read books on homeschooling (i.e. Homeschool - The Right Choice by Christopher Klicka).   See Below for Recommended Books.
    
7)   Talk to experienced homeschooling families, ask lots of questions! Join homeschoolingonline message boards and forums.

8)   Investigate your local homeschooling laws. Great resource is HSLDA - Homeschool Legal DefenseAssociation or your local State Department of Education.
    
9)  To protect your right to homeschool, join HSLDA. Without any legal plan in place, it can cost you thousands of dollars to defend your legal rights. Bad things can happen to good people! Homeschoolers are not immune to legal troubles.
    
10)  Join HomeschoolSupport Groups for great ideas and support from other local homeschoolers.
    
    
12)  Research and order your curriculum materials. Check out Satellite/Correspondence Schools for full curriculum package and services. For independent curriculum and record-keeping, visit Curriculum Publishers and Suppliers. Request the most current printed catalogs available and read them.
    
13)  Plan your school year. Set up lesson plans and daily schedule.
    
14)  Set up your classroom or homeschooling corner with proper furnishing, supplies and record keeping materials.
    
15)  If applicable, send your Letter of Intent To Homeschool to the local public school. This letter is in accordance to your state's homeschooling laws.

16)  Lastly, praise God for all the many wonderful and memorable homeschooling days that you will spend at home with your children!
    
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JUST A FEW OF MANY BIBLE VERSES TO MEDITATE ON:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 6:4
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Luke 2:52
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.


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