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Another New Homeschooler And Another …

It’s spring and almost time for the school year to come to a close, but there are quite a few parents making some changes about their children’s education.  Many are deciding to home educate.

Just this month alone, we added 5 families to our local homeschool support group.  At a parent’s meeting, one of the newer moms made the comment that she was looking forward to learning from the “veteran” homeschoolers.  I looked around the table to see who she was talking about, and I was shocked that she meant me.  I had never thought in the terms of me being a “veteran”.   After all, I school a second grader.  I really did not know how I could help her out.  But wait, I have been homeschooling for 15 years.  I have a homeschool grad and two more in highschool and a special needs child as well as that second grader.  Maybe I can help.  At least I can advise about what not to do.   I certainly have experience with what does not work well.

I’m an admin on a brand new Facebook homeschool support group page,  Homeschooling Around the World,  and we already have several members.  Many are just starting their homeschool journey.  And they too are looking for some “veteran” advice.

Yesterday while I was at the library, I met a mom and teen daughter who will begin home education for themselves in August.  She asked me to point her in the right direction to get started.  So for her and whoever else is wanting to start home educating , here’s my top 5 list on what to do first:

1  Pray for wisdom and patience.

2.  Learn  your state laws:   http://www.hslda.org/laws/   or  http://www.nhen.org/home.html

3.  Checkout a local homeschool support group or co-op:  http://www.home-school.com/groups/

4.  Figure out your teaching style and your children’s learning styles.  This link is good for helping with that:  http://www.soyoucallyourselfahomeschooler.com/category/homeschool-approachesmethods-series/

5.  Remember that you want your child to love homeschooling so plan some fun learning activities.

If you would like to be added to Homeschooling Around the World on Facebook,  join here:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/567122276640599/571481952871298./?notif_t=group_clucomment_reply

For more of my posts about our homeschooling and my personal thoughts about teaching:






Happy Schooling,

betty jo


Silver Lining

Acts 2:44 says, “All the believers were together. They shared everything they had.”   This is an excellent example for homeschooling support groups and co-ops.  We try to work ours this way. If we have a skill or a talent, we share it to benefit the others.

Check this out…Isn’t this cool?

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This is a picture of “Silver Lining”, a color guard group for homeschooling teen girls, practicing their tosses at the park.   Two of our new members used to do the band and color guard thing back in high school.  Now they are teaching  it to my daughter.

They have plans for performances and to march in parades.  They work their routines to popular Christian music.  See, I told you this was cool.

Here are some photos of the first public appearance of Silver Lining!

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This is Silver Lining performing at our homeschooling support groups Graduation/Achievement night.

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