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Homeschooling for Beginners

Updated on April 9, 2015

My Little Homeschool

Hi Everyone! Are you looking to homeschool your children but not sure of what curriculum to buy? That is so common to families who are contemplating homeschooling. In my case, I was so interested in homeschooling since my child was born. Meeting a lot of people at church who homeschooled their children, also the freedom to select your own preferences of curriculum; gave me a desire to pursue that path when my child was ready to be taught. It was not easy at first, I do not know how to teach (I thought). I had only 2-year spent in the University for a Certificate course in my native country, the Philippines. But the more I read about homeschooling and learning from other people, the more we desire to follow that direction - my husband and I decided to homeschool our daughter. It was not that hard to teach at all! First time is always scary. Like what I am doing here right now. This is my first time to write about homeschooling and first time in Squidoo. The thought also of being with my child, to train her the way we want her to grow - to be a loving, dedicated, respectful and responsible, godly person, inspired us to start homeschooling.

Updated: May 30, 2014 - It's almost three year now since I wrote this page. Our daughter just finished 7th grade today with online streaming with Abeka Academy.

Looking for a curriculum...

We started to experiment curriculums when she was in kindergarten, some of the curriculum does not fit to my teaching style and my child learning style. My husband taught Arithmetic, we found Math-u-see to be interesting. He used Math-u-see for a year - it did not work for us. I did get frustrated but the secret is to keep on trying. We found Abeka Books to be more traditional. I like the teachers' manual and the teacher's guide - it was easy to follow. My daughter loved her student's text. Abeka curriculum was just right for us. Each homeschool family has their own style of learning and teaching, you have to really dig through all the curriculum around to see what works for you and your family. My husband made it easy for me by teaching Arithmetic and function as our principal. Math is not my cup of tea, so he made himself available at night so that he can teach our child. My husband's support is very important in this endeavor.

Classroom:

Every family is different. You have to know your child's learning style and your teaching style as well. I did not know it before we started, until we experimented with a few curriculums. You might be asking - "which part of the house is most convenient to have my child do her school?" My answer is, anywhere in the house! I started teaching her in the kitchen, sometimes in the living room then my sister-in-law gave her a desk - guest room was vacant, we made it into our school room for a while. This is homeschool, you can teach where ever you want, as long as you do your work and your children are learning. Some family would like to have homeschool in a specific room with computer desk and stuff. It all depends on your preferences. Whatever is good for you will work.

Our Experience...

My favorite Bible Curriculum from 1st grade to 4th was Christian Light Publication, Light Unit Sunrise Edition. It was divided into 4 booklets with student readers and activity page for kids to answer the questions on what they have learned from that lesson. I chose this instead of Abeka because this is much more cheaper and just as good. You can visit them at www.clp.org. to learn more. Now, our daughter is in 5th Grade - we are venturing into a new world of homeschooling through Abeka Academy. It is a set of DVDs that your child will watch via PC or TV. They have master teachers instructing your student on DVD. It's pretty much like a classroom setting. Our child loved it! She enjoys participating in the class and so pleased every time the teacher calls on her to answer the question. This requires very minimal supervision - I still have to give her tests and quizzes and grade them. It is more convenient, all I have to do is see to it that everything is working. Everyday checking of the lesson plans, checking homework, etc.... My child develop an attitude of an independent learner. She will do what it takes to figure out things on her own. There are two sets of program to choose from: Program 1 is fully accredited, where Abeka Academy keeps the student's records. The second one, is a none-accredited program, where the teacher/parent keeps the records. I am using the none -accredited one. Abeka Academy website is: www.abekaacademy.org.

I just published an article about this on squidoo. It's about homeschooling using a video program.

PE - Tennis

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Home schooling also gives the freedom to choose your schedules: what month to start; what subject to be taught first; when to have field trips and so forth. In our case, we pretty much follow our town's school district schedules, except for, maybe a week earlier - to cover for sick days. Some family are homeschooling all year round. Some do unit studies on any subject they preferred to tackle that year. My family just like the traditional way of school, that is why we choose Abeka. For Physical Education, our daughter have tennis, swimming and last summer was a softball lessons. We incorporate vacation with field trip too.

Have a success in choosing the best homeschool materials that suited to your family needs. Have a good day!

Our cooking class...

Another homeschooling experience in the kitchen....

My daughter was making a pizza dough - instead of putting pizza sauce, we put brown sugar and grated cheese and bake it in 350 degrees fahrenheit for 30 minutes. The pizza dough has already been half bake for 10 minutes then we added sugar and cheese. We were just experimenting a recipe, it turned out to be a good pizza dessert or whatever you may call it, lol!

Abeka Spelling and Poetry - Poetry

One of our daughter's favorite Poems from Abeka Book. I hope you'll enjoy this selection. Thanks for your time.

One of our field trips

At the farm...

Our child was so excited to see some animals such as: horses, dogs, and cats. We cannot own any pets due to I have an allergy. The only pet she could have is fish. This is really a treat to her holding those cutie kittens.

Another Poem from Abeka Spelling and Poetry.....

Recommendation.... - Useful information...

For beginners, I recommend to read the book, "Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling" by Brad Miser - this book will give you alot of information on how to operate your homeschool. Also join the Home School Legal Defense Association (HLDA) a none-profit organization to defend constitutional right of parents to homeschool. Their website is www.hslda.org. Know what your states requirements before you start homeschooling. God bless!

Love to hear from you, please leave comment.

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      LornsA178 3 years ago

      @virtuesongage: Hello virtuesongage, we had Horizons during our early years. I think it was first grade, I was combining curriculum during those years. This year , we are not unsing Abeka, we are using Bob Jones, so far, my daugher likes it. Thanks!

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      virtuesongage 3 years ago

      Good point.

      The one-on-one attention they gained from homeschooling helped them to gain confidence with learning. A perfect hands-on learning, Horizons curriculum is a winning combination of fun, entertainment, and academic success - www.HomeschoolingOption.com

      Anne

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      LornsA178 3 years ago

      @tazzytamar: I was scared at first, but through the helps of friends and a lot of prayers, our child is doing well with homeschooling. She'll be in 8th grade this coming school year.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Homeschooling is such a good way for children to learn. It takes much more self discipline and encouragement from the parents bur your family is clearly getting a lot if benefits from this!

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      You are clearly a very devoted mom!

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      FancyThatUK 4 years ago

      Great lens, very helpful. Home schooling isn't very popular in the UK, but I would consider it when I have children

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      I always thought homeschool was a good way to go. I don't have kids, but if I did, I would choose it. Especially with everything happening in school today. Just sad and scary.

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Thank you (salamat) for very useful tips about homeschooling.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      wonderful guide for parents.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I am glad to read this lens and very much happy that i saw my niece here :)

      I wish for her good luck and pray too.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Very useful information that will help a lot of people who want to homeschool their children!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to be homeschooled!

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      WhitU4ever 5 years ago

      Your daughter recited her poem with delightful expression. What a difference home schooling makes! My daughter home schools also. I know that it has made all the difference.

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      Very good information. :)

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      Senora M 5 years ago

      Cool lens! I'm considering homeschooling and found your lens to be really helpful! I'm going to check out some of the books you recommend!! Thanks!

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      domain19 5 years ago

      great lens... i enjoyed read this article...

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      mantele11 5 years ago

      Interesting lens :)

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Very interesting reading! thumbs up

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      This lens is very helpful for those those undertaking such a sacred task.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great resources here - thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is done so very sweetly by you...it is my delight to bless your work. I also home schooled my children a few years back and am so glad that I had that opportunity.

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      jojokaya lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. Loaded with information about home schooling.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Wonderfully presented lens about the advantages of homeschooling. Thank you for your personal account of what worked for you and your daughter. Take good care, Rose

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      This is a great lens. I used to principal a church school where I pastored. My wife taught in that school. Our school was made of several home schooling parents, who were unable to continue on their own. Go, and be blessed.

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      cenabegail 5 years ago

      nice and interesting lens:)

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      purpleclouds 5 years ago

      great lens, it made me think more about homeschooling and the positive things about it. Thanks for sharing.

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      cenabegail 5 years ago

      nice and interesting lens:)

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      It's interesting to read what you're doing with homeschooling!

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      nophie lm 5 years ago

      nice lens about home schooling, thanks for sharing

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for sharing your experience for others to learn from.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting lens on home schooling. nicely done.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Great info - we have debated this for awhile, more information helps me make a decision on homeschooling!

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      ngio64 5 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel. Nice informational lens.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Hi, Lorna! It's wonderful to meet another homeschool mom here on Squidoo! We started out with purely Abeka stuff, but over the years have added many other publishers along with unit studies that I have created. I'm looking forward to reading about your other homeschool adventures and ideas. =D

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks for the warm welcome. Getting attention from a veteran like you is an honor. Thank you also for the info on homeschool club, I will surely check that out. Your encouraging comment was greatly appreciated. God bless!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      @jadehorseshoe: Thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm so glad you decided to share your homeschooling story and experiences on Squidoo. We have lots of active homeschoolers here (check out the Homeschool Club) and a few retired homeschool moms like me, too. Your child is blessed to have parents who are working to figure out the best materials and the best way to provide her education. Hope to see much more from you!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      USEFUL lens.