Homeschool From the Beginning
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Are you thinking about homeschooling? Looking for where to start? Let me help. I am a homeschooling mom of over twenty years who feels called to encourage other homeschooling families as they begin and travel through their homeschooling journeys.

Many years ago, when my husband and I began looking at homeschooling, we were very lucky that there were those who had gone before us on their homeschool adventures. We were able to seek advice and wisdom from those homeschool veterans. However, when we began homeschooling, it was still very new and we had to take precautions to be sure we understood what we could and could not do as far as registration and being out of doors during school hours. Now there are so many homeschoolers and so many theoretical ways to homeschool, at least that is what some folks think. In reality there is only one way to homeschool: the way that works for you. And I believe that finding a mentor to help you discover that way is essential. A mentor is someone you can trust to guide you through your homeschooling journey. She doesn’t need to be perfect or have perfect kids, but she is someone with experience and is willing to give you guidance.

Do you need help finding a mentor? You have come to the right place! Homeworks by Precept Consultants are here to help. We have consultants who are homeschool veterans, as well as those who are in the midst of the adventure. All are happy to help. Our consulting is free, and we set up meetings just for that purpose; to share what has worked for us. Here is my testimony as a homeschooling mom: Reflection as a Veteran Homeschool Mom The requirements and qualifications to homeschool vary by state. Have you checked your state laws? The best place to check is Home School Legal Defense Association. Researching what qualifications are necessary to homeschool will keep you from worrying about it every year. Here are five qualifications that I personally feel are necessary for parents who homeschool.

Keeping track of homeschool records is important, and it is best to start strong with a plan, rather than trying to recreate the records when they are needed. Again, the requirements vary by state, but regardless of state laws, the most efficient way is to enroll with an umbrella or cover school that will assist you with record keeping. Why struggle to do that on your own when there are cover schools available at minimal cost to help with guidance and record keeping? There are many options for these. Just ask your mentor if you need help finding a cover school.

The final step to beginning your homeschool journey is choosing curriculum. There are so many choices and it can seem overwhelming. Take a deep breath: if you have the above in place, you have a lot of resources and help already available to help with this big decision. Your HomeWorks Consultant will be your most valuable resource at this time! Here is a list of helpful blog posts that will address some of your questions.

Meet the Author

Eujeana Chism – Senior HomeWorks by Precept Consultant

Choosing Curriculum: It’s in the Bag

Children Do Not Excel by Using Workbooks Alone

Do I Need to Purchase a Teacher’s Edition

Seven Reasons Distance Learning Works for Our Family

Distance Learning Meets Our Family’s Homeschool Needs

Math Applied in Real Life


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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith lives in Fayetteville, NC – the home of Fort Bragg 82nd Airborne and US Army Special Operations. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education. Natalie met her husband, Germaine, at Bob Jones University working in the University Cleaners. They have been married for 13 years. The Lord has blessed them with two girls. ...
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