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Hello, I am not new to the forum but I am new to this thread. My name is Kesha and I am the mom of 4 and stepmom to one. I am a SAHM and for that reason I want to homeschool our younger children. My oldest was forced to go to traditional school because I was a single parent and had to work. Since remarrying and having 3 new children I want to do things different with them and be more in control of their education. Our daughter isn't starting school until next year but I want to learn all I can and try to be prepared to homeschool her when the time comes. Any advice or insight on what to expect would be great. Have you guys all found it very beneficial for your little ones to homeschool? Everyone I know is against it but from my research it seems to actually be good for children. Thanks and hoping to get to know you all!
People also thought the world was flat, and they were against anyone sailing very far away. Ignore them!
Homeschooling has been absolutely the best decision we've ever made for our kids, and as we have a little bit of a unique situation, I have several doctors backing me up on that decision as well.
The first thing you need to do is look at the laws in your state. http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Nevada.pdf I didn't read through the whole thing, but at first glance, it looks like NV is a very easy homeschooling state, and you won't even have to officially notify them until your child is 7. Looks like there is also no testing, so you can teach whatever you want.
For most newbies, the most overwhelming thing is choosing a curriculum, because there are SO many options, styles, price points, secular/religious variations, etc. Don't worry, we'll walk you through all that. Try not to feel overwhelmed.
I just started homeschooling a few weeks ago and I definitely feel like the hardest part about getting started was choosing a curriculum. We finally settled on one (well, really two) and I'm happy with it for the most part but I still have some doubts.
One of the great things about homeschooling though, is that if something's not working for your family, you can change it. There's no one telling you that you have to teach something a certain way. Just in these first few weeks I've already made a few adjustments.
Glad you're here. Looking forward to getting to know you better.
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