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    I started my homeschooling journey ten years ago, when the summer before my oldest son was about to start kindergarten he contracted a serious neurological illness, and school was not even an option for the near future. Our family suddenly became "accidental homeschoolers", without having ever even considered what that might mean.

    After doing as much research as I could (there was no free "Welcome to Homeschooling" guide back then), based on the materials available to me at the time, I jumped head first into my homeschooling adventure, learning as I went. As you can imagine, this mostly involved learning the hard way. Mistakes became the norm. In fact, if things went well our first time doing something new, I would begin to doubt it's effectiveness!

    Anyway, all this trial and error has given me a unique perspective on things, and I see it as an opportunity to share some of that hard-earned wisdom with those of you who aren't quite as far along on the path. So, I'm going to share with you my "Top Ten Homeschooling Mistakes," in order of what I think are the least egregious all the way to the mistakes that can do a homeschool program in.
    Are you ready?? Are you taking notes?? Then here we go...

    10. Procrastination

    If homeschooling wasn't high on your priority list, and seems daunting to say the least, you might be tempted to put off your research and planning in favor of say... having your toenails removed with pliers. This is a common beginner mistake, but one that will lead you to purchasing homeschool curricula you don't like, hanging out with support groups that don't fit you, and asking the wrong people for advice.

    9. Listening to the Naysayers

    If you are one of the few people in your family or circle of friends who homeschools, you are likely to hear any number of reasons why homeschooling will damage your children. 9 times out of 10 these well-meaning advisers have no personal experience with homeschooling, and are simply falling back on uninformed opinion or faulty information. Unless these people have experienced homeschooling for themselves, and know your children as well as you do, their judgment is not really trustworthy.

    8. Impulse Buying

    Many first time homeschoolers attend curriculum fairs or book sales. These are wonderful sources of ...
    Published on 09-14-2009 08:44 AM
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    In order to advance or tap into your child's creativity in a home school program, adding an art curriculum is very important. It will break the monotony of ...
    Published on 08-27-2009 09:43 AM
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    by Claudia Franklin

    1. Where to start? Get a library card. If you don't know how to do advanced searches and requests for books from your home computer-a crucial skill if you intend to home-educate-make time with the librarian and learn.

    2. Once you have the library card, request every book on homeschooling and read (around in) them.

    3. If you are still unwavering in your intention to home-educate, realize that you're now the principal of an experimental ...
    Published on 08-11-2009 09:43 AM
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    In the ten years I have been homeschooling, I have heard stories from homeschoolers that have absolutely broken my heart. One of the ladies in the support group I belonged to years ago actually had to move to our state from her home five states away ...
    Published on 08-05-2009 08:42 AM
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    by Scott Powell
    If you're like me, you hated history when you were young, but as an adult you've come to appreciate that there's a lot more to history than there seemed to be based on the way we were taught. Sadly, however, because we weren't properly taught history as children, putting together a good history ...
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