How To Prepare For Homeschooling


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Making The Decision

Find Out Your State's Requirements

Determine Your Child's Learning Style

Visual

Auditory

Kinesthetic/Tactile

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

Unschooling

Online Distant and Community Learning

The Eclectic Method

Determine The Cost

Curriculum / Learning Materials

Sample Eclectic Curriculum

Shop for Curriculum Materials

Supplies / Equipment / Furniture

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Set Up & Organize

After the curriculum materials are decided on,  the prices for teaching materials, supplemental materials, supplies and equipment can compared. These items can be found at discounted prices at department stores, office supply stores, school supply stores, catalogs and internet vendors.  

 Sample list of teaching supplies:

  • Educational Software, Games, CDs and DVDs or Videotapes
  • Transparencies, Sheet Protectors, Poster Boards
  • Laser Pointer or Stick, Timer
  •  Sticky Notes, Index Cards
  • Record Keeping Software or Book, Memory Stick
  • In/Out Basket, Storage Bins, Plastic Containers, CD holder 
  • Maps, Calendar, Educational Posters
  • Hole Punch, Heavy Duty Stapler, Staple Remover, Scissors, Straight Edge Cutter

 Sample list of supplies:

  • Glue, Glue Stick, Scotch Tape, Masking Tape
  • Paper Clips, Rubber Bands, Tacs or Stick Pins 
  • Basic Experiment & Project Supplies (specific supplies can be purchased on an as needed basis)
  • Math Manipulatives (money, flash cards, abacus, counting blocks, measuring items), Calculators 
  • Arts and Crafts Supplies (paint, crayons, markers, construction paper)
  • paper, pens, pencils, erasers, folders, binders, notebooks, graphing paper, rulers 
  • Student Newspaper or Magazine Subscriptions

Sample list of equipment & furniture:

  • Computer, Printer, Copier, Scanner, Projector, Screen 
  • White Erase Board, Bulletin Board, Easel
  • Desk, Chair, Bookcases, CD/DVD Storage Cabinet 
  • Storage Cabinet, File Cabinet, Plastic Student Locker
  • TV, DVD Player or VCR, CD Player
  • Assistive Technology Equipment (for children with special needs)

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