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Five Tips to Home-schooling Success

May 7, 2015
By Kendra Kendle - Contributing Writer , OVParent

1. Understand the laws in your state. I recommend considering a membership with the Home School Legal Defense Association. Their staff is fantastic at answering all your questions and providing you with any forms that you may need to get started. Most states also have a state homeschool association that also provides information.

2. Think about your educational philosophy, your goals, your ideals - and write them down. There are many different schools of thought in the homeschool world. Research and read about them until you find one that fits your world view.

3. Be practical. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will your home school. You won't reach all your homeschooling ideals in a day, in a week, in a month or even a year. Consider starting with one or two goals or curriculum choices, and layer in one or two more each quarter or semester. Your endurance will last if you take it slow and learn as you go.

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4. Model home education. You must be willing to demonstrate to your children that learning is something that never stops. Read in front of them. Continue to develop character and self-discipline. Take a class. Start a new hobby. Learn a new craft.

5. Relax and have fun. Don't be afraid to trade an afternoon of school books for a walk in the park, a conversation over tea or riding bikes around the block. Enjoy your children and rest easy knowing that learning takes place in season and out, and most often despite our worst efforts and not because of our best.

Homeschooling mom Kendra Kendle lives outside Bellaire with her husband and five children, ages 6 months to 9 years.



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