How To Prepare For Homeschooling

Online Distant and Community Learning


Making The Decision

Find Out Your State's Requirements

Determine Your Child's Learning Style




Research Homeschooling Methods

The Charlotte Mason Method

The Classical Method

The Montessori Method

Religious Method

Traditional / Structured / School-At-Home Approach

Unit Studies / Integrated Studies / Thematic Unit


Online Distant and Community Learning

The Eclectic Method

Determine The Cost

Curriculum / Learning Materials

Sample Eclectic Curriculum

Shop for Curriculum Materials

Supplies / Equipment / Furniture

Other Resources

Set Up & Organize

Parents who feel uncomfortable teaching their children certain sujects may use online courses or distant learning to help with those subjects.  There are a number of online tutors, curriculums and even virtural schools available.  Some programs allow students to participate in online discussions and interact with instructors and peers via online chats, instant messaging and message boards. Some websites are set up to help with homework and answer questions or provide a variety of learning activities and educational games.

Sometimes groups of homeschooling families join together to create co-ops. These groups meet on a scheduled basis to provide a classroom environment for the children.  These groups pool their talents and resources with the purpose of broadening the scope of their children's education.  The students are able to participate in hands-on and group learning which include: science experiments, art projects, spelling bees, group discussions, etc.

Some states allow homeschooled students to attend their local school for part of the day and for particular classes.  Secondary school students may take classes at community colleges which typically have open admission policies.  Courses are also offered by local libraries and community organizations.

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