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    When you begin homeschooling for the first time, especially if the decision is sudden, choosing curriculum can be one of the most anxiety-producing parts of the process. Maybe the idea of teaching math, science, and more to your kiddo seems way out of your comfort zone. Or, even if you are excited about the idea of sharing what you know, you would feel a lot better if you knew you had a solid curriculum support system to help.

    The following suggestions will help those brand new to homeschooling by outlining some approaches and programs that are super-parent friendly for those new to the world of homeschooling. Each one is vetted to be from a completely secular worldview across all subjects.

    Virtual Charter Schools

    While it’s technically not considered “homeschooling,” many parents new to the idea of homeschooling feel most comfortable easing into home ed with a program that is done from home, but completely supported and administered by the public education system. Virtual charter schools (also known as virtual schools, or cyber schools) are accredited public charter schools available in specific states of the U.S. and in countries like New Zealand, the U.K., and Australia. Courses are all online, are taught by certified teachers, and are usually free to students. Students registered with a virtual charter school are considered public school students, but will simply be participating remotely from their home.

    Even if your state does not offer public virtual schooling, you can still sign up as a homeschooler by using the program as a “private school” or “homeschool” option. This opportunity is available through many state sponsored virtual schools and with sites like K12 International Academy and International Connections Academy. Be aware, though, that tuition costs for online virtual schooling are comparable to brick and mortar private school costs.

    The main advantages of virtual schooling for new homeschoolers are cost and the fact that the teaching, grading, and record-keeping are all taken care of by the schools themselves. The main disadvantage is that if you are choosing to homeschool because of the instructional style, focus on standardized testing, or rigid scheduling of public schools, all of these will still be present in a virtual school environment.

    Online Homeschool Curriculum

    For new homeschoolers who want the support of a standards-based online curriculum but desire the flexibility to customize their schooling to their individual student(s), another alternative is to sign up with an online homeschool program. Online curricula usually involves either animated or video style lessons with practice activities, review, and assessments all completed online by the student. Grading is usually automated as well.

    Time4Learning is one of the most popular programs for new homeschoolers. It covers preschool through high school and is ...

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