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March 9th, 2010, 11:59 AM
lmunoz8517's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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After having my kids spend a few months in public preschool and forgetting how to talk and act, I am seriously considering homeschooling. My ds will be in Kindergarten next year and I would like to find a pk4 program for my daughter. I don't really know anyone that home-schools so I don't even know where to begin. Any advice to get a mom started in the right direction?
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March 9th, 2010, 02:46 PM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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Mine was the same way. He was in preschool (against my wishes... dh's decision) for 4 months, and he turned into a monster. It took me about a year to get my sweet little boy back.

First, you need to check out the laws of your state, because ultimately, it's up to you to make sure you're doing the right thing. http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Louisiana.pdf

Next, since your kids aren't 7 yet, you've got time to do a little planning. Figure out if homeschooling is really for you. Try it for a year and see how it goes. I bet you'll do great. People who have absolutely no motivation or organizational skills probably have no business homeschooling, because it's up to you to make sure your kids are learning. If you don't care, they certainly won't care.

Curriculum is probably the biggest headache you'll have when you're starting out, because the options are overwhelming. You'll get into a groove and figure out what you like, though. You can go with a boxed set if you want something simple that's all laid out for you, especially if your child is on the same level for all subjects. If you're like most people, you'll branch out to other things as you get a feel for them, though. Some people stay with a boxed curriculum all the way through high school, but most don't.

As for finding other people... do a search for local yahoo groups or facebook groups. I bet there are others in your area. Here is a state-wide group I found with just a quick search. There are probably more for your local area, though. Louisianahomeschool Here's a site with some co-ops and such listed. Homeschool World: Louisiana Homeschool Organizations and Support Groups Also check out places like YMCA to see if they offer classes for homeschoolers. That's a great way to meet others.
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March 9th, 2010, 11:18 PM
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Look into homeschool groups in your area they usually have preschool programs.
You may only have to buy one curriculum for them to share.

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March 10th, 2010, 12:59 PM
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Also, there is great reading out there on home schooling.
I went to the library and checked out everything I could find, plus there
are many resourses online.

If you attend church or any sports activities, just start asking people if they know any home schoolers. I'm sure you will find others.
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