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Are you considering homeschooling and not sure where to begin?
Or are you a home educator looking for inspiration and ideas?
Either way, I’ve got you covered!
Here at Lextin Eclectic, you’ll receive helpful homeschool tips and encouragement from a 2nd generation home educator.
Did you catch that? I was homeschooled. I am a homeschool graduate. And I lived to tell about it (and to home educate my own children).
In case you’re a bit worried about this homeschool thing, know that, yes, home education does work. Homeschool graduates can get into college and get jobs. The sky is the limit.
And I don’t want to sound overly confident, but homeschoolers do turn out ok. Take me for example! I loved my homeschool high school experience so much that I’m now back for round 2 with my own kids.
- I enjoyed the ability to help direct my education, choosing subjects and electives that most interested me. I received a customized education.
- I loved the freedom! I had time to spend with friends, time to do community service projects, time to pursue extracurricular activities, and time to get a part-time job. I had such flexibility within my schedule.
- I was able to learn at my own pace and dive deeply into topics that interested me. Overall, I feel I received a rigorous and well-rounded education.
- As an added bonus, I was recruited by several universities. Did you know that many colleges and universities actively pursue homeschool graduates? It’s true!
Now that you have a little confidence that homeschooling can work, do you need some help getting started?
- First, you need to learn the homeschool laws of your particular state or country. To do this, find a local homeschool group or visit a site such as HSLDA which lists laws by state.
- Next, you need to think about the learning styles of your kids as well as how you enjoy teaching. Here are some resources to get you started.
- You might also want to research the types of home education. While it’s helpful to understand which style of homeschooling suits you best, I fully believe that all homeschoolers are eclectic at heart. Feel free to mix up the styles and customize your homeschool!
- Now you need some resources and curriculum. I enjoy going to homeschool conventions to learn about my options. You can also visit vendor websites to view samples and learn about your curriculum choices.
- Once you’ve chosen some curriculum, you need to plan your homeschool! I work best with a structured routine and a very simple, loose weekly plan.
Then, jump in and enjoy the journey!
Here are a few of my favorite resources to help you start building your resource library!
The Way They Learn
Flourish: Finding Balance for Homeschool Moms
Teaching from Rest
Home Learning Year by Year
102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
The Read Aloud Handbook
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
Educating the WholeHearted Child
Motivate Your Child
Everyone has a variety of reasons why they homeschool. Here are a few of ours:
- To be able to teach our kids about our faith, morals, and family values
- To provide our children with a rigorous education
- To customize our homeschool to fit the interests and styles of each child
- To create a culture of life-long learning
- To enjoy additional family time
- To have flexibility in our schedule
If you’d like to read more about real-life homeschooling, discover helpful scheduling and organization tips, or explore the thoughts of a homeschooling mom of six, visit the various categories below.
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Thanks for visiting Lextin Eclectic and happy homeschooling!