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From: Webelos Dad (
Subject:         Re: New to Homeschooling
Date: November 17, 2007 at 1:10 am PST

In Reply to: New to Homeschooling posted by Brenda on November 16, 2007 at 6:38 am:

Hi, God Bless and welcome to the group!

It's a big decision to homeschool. Not so much from the perspective of what you'll have to do to be successful, but more from the pressures of family and friends. Just stick to your guns and trust God and all will go well with you and your son. It's not as difficult as one might think.

I think the best place to start is to just get online and do a search for "scope and sequence" for the age and grade level you're interested in. I think every state has that listed on their particular Dept. of Education website.

Study that and since you know your son better than anyone, particularly the public school systems, begin to build a curriculum around that.

My son is 14 (8th grade) and has homeschooled since 1st grade with one unfortunate year in the public school.

I, personally, have used a rather eclectic mix of resources as a curriculum and it's worked quite well. We utilize the public library and I buy textbooks at yard sales, book sales etc. whenever I see them. It doesn't take too long to build an extensive library of materials and he's learning subjects that simply aren't available in public schools such as Latin, classical literature etc.

It may become necessary to get a tutor for some subjects, but I'vebeen blessed with a math tutor from our church who is a retired math teacher, and it cost me nothing except the books I already had. He was learning and mastering calculus at age 11.

I recommend reading books by John Taylor Gatto to give you some guidelines on structure and methods, and help give reasons to homeschool, which may come in handy when dealing with exes, unsupportive family members etc.

It's a wonderful thing you're doing and you'll do well with it. Just trust God and you and your son will reap great rewards.

Feel free to ask questions and email if you like.

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