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Teaching Academic Basics
Home School Support
Child Training
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  What about children with special needs?
Many children with special needs are being successfully home educated. HSLDA membership has proven to be especially helpful to these families. The Teaching Home back issue on “Special Needs” can be ordered for $3.75 postpaid.

How do we get started in home schooling?

Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

  • Seek the Lord and agree as husband and wife on your decision to home school. Continue to pray for wisdom, guidance, and strength. Make a daily quiet time with the Lord a top priority.

  • Research home education by reading one or two basic books on home education, such as Christopher Klicka's The Right Choice (available for $13.95 from HSLDA, Box 3000, Purcellville VA 20134), and back issues of The Teaching Home magazine.

    Meet and visit with experienced home schoolers in your church or local support group, and make an effort to attend your state's home-school convention.

  • Contact your state home-school organization to learn of local support groups, events, publications, and your state's laws governing home education.

  • Make arrangements to comply with the law according to your conscience and recommendations of state organizations and/or Home School Legal Defense Association. Consider joining HSLDA.

  • Get your home and life in order. Establish discipline and child training. Organize your family's schedule and chore assignments to fit your educational activities. Do a thorough cleaning and get rid of unnecessary possessions to make way for learning materials and study space.

  • Choose methods and teaching materials that you feel most comfortable in starting with and that would be appropriate to the age and number of your children. If you feel overwhelmed by the choices you must make, you may want to use a prepared curriculum from a textbook, worktext, or unit study publisher for your first year.

    Re-evaluate and experiment with different materials and methods and make adjustments as you become more experienced with home education.

    Home schooling is a way of life in which the home is the center of life and learning. Through home education, parents can experience in a unique way their responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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