Planning to Homeschool

Liz - posted on 11/21/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi,

I have a 2 1/2 year old and am expecting our second. I was homeschooled for a time and when I had my first daughter I really started paying more attention to the school system here in CA. I have been very disappointed by what I've read, seen and heard. As a result I decided (along with my husband) that I would homeschool our kids.

I'm looking to talk to other parents that currently or have homeschooled and even find homeschoolers here in West LA that I can connect with.

Thanks,

Liz

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Rachel - posted on 12/26/2013

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Hi Liz,

I recommend going to HSLDA's website and looking up homeschool support organizations in your state and area. That is a good first place to start to connect with other homeschooling moms. We first joined a homeschool support group in our area when our oldest was 3 (he's now 6). We did preschool classes through this group once a week and I started forming relationships with other moms. Even though we didn't start "formal" school at home until this school year, it was a great way to get connected.

I'd also recommend learning all you can during these early years about early childhood development, learning styles, and teaching philosophies, reading quality books on the subject such as "Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk" by David Elkind, anything by John Taylor Gatto (http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/index.htm), "Better Late Than Early" by Dr. Raymond Moore, teaching philosophies like the Classical Method (http://www.welltrainedmind.com/), Charlotte Mason (http://simplycharlottemason.com/basics/w...), and so forth. Using the next year or two to absorb all the information about homeschooling options will make the transition into more formal planned homeschooling so, so much easier!

Regards,
Rachel

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