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How to Begin Homeschooling in Florida
You've decided to homeschool your child! But what comes first? For many parents, knowing where to begin in the homeschooling process can be confusing. Although there seems to be so much information available, it may be hard to get your questions answered. We've put together some resources to start you on your journey, giving you the information and motivation you need to successfully begin to homeschool in Florida.
Choosing to Begin a Home Education Program
Florida Department of Education
Home education is an option for a growing number of parents. Some parents prepare their own materials and design their own programs of study, while others use materials produced by companies specializing in homeschool materials. Some take advantage of virtual school programs or other educational resources available on the Internet. Of course, exercising this option may require major changes in your family schedule. Teaching your children at home is an ambitious undertaking, requiring time, planning, creativity, and commitment.
Dear New Homeschooler
Mary McCarthy
A veteran homeschooler discusses the fears, worries, myths, and pitfalls new homeschoolers may face.
Getting Started in Homeschooling: The First Ten Steps
Mary Pride
Homeschooling has some surprising benefits. Here's how to start enjoying them! Are you thinking about homeschooling but aren't sure it's for you? Don't know where to start? This article details some of the first steps you need to take.
Homeschooling Options in Florida
Florida statutes provide three options for families who wish to educate their children at home. Each will meet the state's compulsory attendance laws. Families may enroll in a non-campus-based private school, establish a home education program, or establish a private tutoring program. While any of the above choices will provide compliance with Florida's compulsory attendance laws, each has different implications for you. Some of these differences go to issues of recordkeeping and methods, but the heart of the distinction is whether you want to be accountable to the state or to a private entity.
Homeschool-Where Do I Begin
Kay Green
You have decided to home school your children. You have been thinking and praying about it for some time. As September approaches you know it is time. Where to start? The choices seem overwhelming.
How Can You Begin Homeschooling? Start!
Jessica Hulcy
"I am not trained. I am not smart enough. I will ruin my children!" These are often the first thoughts of parents considering homeschooling. This short discussion of a simple Christian approach to the beginning of your homeschool journey offers encouragement and information to make it easy to just start homeschooling.
How to Begin Homeschooling
Brian L. Boley
A good discussion of the common pitfalls new homeschooling parents face: too much structure or not enough structure. Some of these ideas won't work for everyone, but there are some interesting approaches to a balanced homeschooling learning environment.
How to Homeschool: A Guide to Homeschooling in Florida
Whether you're a long time homeschooler, someone who's just thinking about it, or somewhere in between, this site is designed to give you the information you need to begin or enhance your program. Information covers your options, using a private school, registering with the school district, and more.
Know Your Students: Identify Their Personal Learning Styles
Inge P. Cannon, HSLDA
Educators have many ways of defining and describing the way people process information including learning personalities, modalities, and styles. The simplest to understand and apply involves three categories: lookers, listeners, and movers. It is helpful for a teaching parent to know his own learning style as well as the preferred learning style of each child in the family for several reasons.
Some Practical Advice for New Homeschoolers
Homeschool Central
The thought of homeschooling your children may seem quite overwhelming at first. There are so many questions going through your head. Where do I get curriculum, what curriculum should I use, can I really do this, and of course what about socialization? Let me put your mind at ease. It's not as difficult as it looks.
Starting Point: An Introduction to Homeschooling in Florida
Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA)
Whether your goal is a long-distance marathon or a short sprint of only a year or two, you can begin your exciting first step right here. This publication, a courtesy of the Florida Parent-Educators Association, was created to give you the necessary information to help you find the starting line, take off and run within the rules of the State of Florida.
The Path to Success
HomeHearts.com
So, you have made the decision to educate your children at home. Before taking the next step, think about the things you shouldn't do. One of the biggest mistakes we make is following current logic or someone else's idea of what is best. Your family has been uniquely designed with a specific purpose in mind.
Why Join? How Can a Support Group Help Me?
FPEA
The FPEA helps safeguard your legal right to homeschool by keeping its finger on the pulse of what’s happening in Tallahassee and Washington. The FPEA partners with the Home Education Foundation (a full-time lobbyist) and the Home School Legal Defense Association. The annual FPEA Day at the Capitol shows legislators that homeschoolers have a united voice.


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