When to Start Homeschooling

Are you planning to start homeschooling your children? You might be feeling intimidated or overwhelmed, but you don't have to be. You love your children and want them to have the best education possible--what more could a child ask for in a teacher? God gave parents the responsibility and the right to teach their children; the public education system can't match what you can give to your child. Once you decide to start homeschooling, you will be giving your children the best education possible. Even if you feel like you don't have the necessary skills or knowledge to teach your children, that doesn't have to be a problem.

You can teach your child what you already know, and when it's time to learn a subject where your knowledge is limited, you can learn it along with your children. Many people are concerned about money when they start homeschooling. Fortunately, homeschooling can be cheap or even free.

If you are able to buy curriculum, choose with caution and prayer. If you have a public library close by, you can use the vast resources there. Not only will you find a variety of books, but also magazines, research volumes, videos, tapes, homeschooling programs, foreign language aids, phonics tapes, and computer equipment. Don't forget to build your own home library.

You can add to your book collection without spending a lot of money by finding good books at thrift stores, garage sales, and online. After you start homeschooling, you'll discover that the whole process has to begin with the basics. One of the best activities you can do with your child is reading aloud. It's important to show respect to the written word no matter what your child's age.

If your children are nearly at the age where they would just start going to public school, you can start homeschooling by easing them into a routine. You can teach one lesson at a time until your child starts having success. I suggest that you begin with phonics. Then you can move on to reading, handwriting, and creative writing.

Basic math will eventually come into the picture. If you take the time to look, you'll find plenty of resources geared to help you teach all these subjects. You can start homeschooling right away and feel successful. With these resources, you know you won't have to do it alone.

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