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    How to Start Home Schooling


Home schooling is a major undertaking. It requires planning,
preparation, and commitment. It should not be undertaken lightly or
hurriedly.

Southern Pines Christian School recommends a prayerful and
thoughtful approach to the first-time home educator. Because of that,
we have compiled the following checklist of things you need to do to
prepare to home educate your children.

Give yourself at least 30 days to prepare. Ninety days is better.
You will need to do research, order curriculum, and affiliate with
a home education church school. You need lots of time for that.
Don't take your child out of the classroom school until you have
taken all these steps.

Learn all you can about home education. Think it through... it
must be a heart felt decision. Do some homework and
reading. Some of the many helpful books available include:

The Right Choice--Home Schooling by
Christopher J. Klicka

The Christian Home School by Gregg Harris

         How to Home School, A Practical Approach
by Gayle Graham
The Home School Manual by Theodore E. Wade, Jr.

The How and Why of Home Schooling by
Ray E. Ballman

The Big Book of Home Learning, Vol. 1 by
Mary Pride


Enroll in a local church school organized as a home education
ministry in order to comply with Alabama law. Your children will be
enrolled with the church school, you will become a faculty member,
and your home will become a classroom of the school.

Join Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Every state
has different laws regarding home education and it's prudent to have
legal help before you may need it. The sole practice area for this
group of attorneys is protecting the rights of home school families.

Attend home education seminars and/or curriculum fairs.

Subscribe to one or more of the home education magazines. You'll
find them very helpful and informative. You'll find a list of these on
our resources page.

Select your curriculum. Consider your teaching style, your child's
learning style, affordability and objectives. Several books and
tapes helpful in choosing curriculum are:

The Three R's (Grades K-3), by Ruth Beechick

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully
(Grades 4-8), by Ruth Beechick

The Big Book of Home Learning, Vol. I and II,
by Mary Pride

The Home Educator's Curriculum Manual,
by Cathy Duffy

Order your curriculum. There are many options for home education
curriculum. You may wish to use one publisher's complete graded
coursework for the first year. Please see our resources page for a
preliminary list of curriculum suppliers. Once you get on a few of
the catalog mailing lists you will have many catalogs in your
mailbox on a regular basis. Once you have begun you may want to
design your own curriculum from the many available sources.

Curriculum catalogs are also a convenient way to see what is
available and order your materials if you are familiar with the
curriculum. Other options are available such as correspondence
courses, Internet based courses, computer based courses, and
satellite delivered courses.

WHEN NOT TO HOME SCHOOL

If both husband and wife are not in agreement that home education is
right for their children, it is best not to proceed. Keep praying!

If the parent who will do most of the teaching must have a regular full-
time job outside the home, it will be extremely difficult to devote the
time necessary to home education and general supervision.

If the parent has difficulty maintaining discipline, it may be difficult to
have an effective home education program.

If you are not committed to the task of teaching, you will not reap the
rewards of home education. Unlike a hobby, the education of your
children demands a steady "day-in-day-out" commitment. Avoid the
"experiment" mentality.

Consider your motivation. You may want to remove your child from a
bad situation, but if you are not answering the call of the Lord to teach
your children, you will find it difficult to be successful. Running away
from ordinary challenges might teach your child the wrong lesson.