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  How do we get started in home schooling?
Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

1. Seek the Lord and agree as husband and wife on your decision to home school.

2. Research home education by reading one or two basic books on home education, such as Christopher Klicka's The Right Choice (available for $12.95 from HSLDA, Box 159, Paeonian Springs VA 20129), 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.

3. Contact your state home-school organization to learn of local support groups, events, and publications as well as your state's laws governing home education. HSLDA has state law summaries.

4. 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.

5. Get your home and life in order by establishing discipline in child training and your use of time. Get rid of unnecessary or little-used possessions to make way for learning materials and study space.

6. Choose methods and teaching materials that you feel 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 gain experience.

Throughout the educational process you will want to give priority to your children's spiritual and character development.

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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