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Should I Start Homeschooling

You might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the idea to start homeschooling your children, but there's really no need to be. You are the best teacher for your children, because you know them, love them, and want them to have a good education. Your love and abilities far outweigh what a public education system can offer to your child; God gave parents the right and responsibility to teach their children. When you are committed to start homeschooling, you will start giving your children the best education.

If you feel like you are lacking the skills and knowledge necessary to teach your children, you can learn right beside them. You can teach what you already know, and when you feel like your knowledge is limited, you can read out loud and learn together. Many parents who start homeschooling are worried about costs. That's not a real problem either, since homeschooling doesn't have to cost much; it can even be free.

If you decide to buy some curriculum, do so with care. Do you have a public library close to where you live? You have a vast resource available to you. You have access not just to a wide variety of books, but also research volumes, magazines, videos, cassettes, homeschooling programs, phonics tapes, foreign language aids, and even computers.

You can also use the library in your home. You can affordably build your library by finding quality books at garage sales, thrift stores, and online. The entire schooling process begins with the basics, something parents quickly learn after they start homeschooling. Reading aloud to your child is one of the best things you can do together.

Emphasize the importance of the written word. When you start homeschooling, you can ease your children into a routine--an especially good idea if they are just old enough to start going to public school. Until you see success, you can begin by teaching one subject at a time. 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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