Books and Products to Consider
These books are so much fun! I love reading them. The whole family will enjoy the stories of children traveling through time in a magic treehouse. It's a great way to learn history painlessly--and be sure to check out the research guides that go along with the fiction.
In this section, you'll learn how to homeschool your children without totally stressing out. We'll learn how to avoid typical beginner mistakes, start on a moment's notice, figure out what your children know and don't know, and undo any damage done by traditional schools. We'll talk about handling the children who are still in traditional schools, cope with the babies and preschoolers you have at home, get your children excited about learning, plan a lesson, and answer the famous socialization issue.
The first year is always full of mistakes—and the first year is all you have (How to bypass the most common beginner’s mistakes).
Getting started if you don’t even have a day’s warning: Did a meeting go badly, causing you to pull your children out instantly? Here's how to get through the first few weeks.
Assessing your children’s learning levels (not grade level): No matter what grade your child is in, you need to find out what level he is actually performing at in each subject.
Undoing any damage done by the schools: Self-esteem, learning for the wrong reasons, school phobia...learn how to overcome some of the challenges that led you to take this break.
Managing the children who aren’t homeschooling: Emergency homeschooling often involves only one of your children. What problems should you expect from this and how do you overcome them?
Handling the preschoolers and babies at home while you homeschool
Getting your child excited about learning: If your children don't love to learn anymore, homeschooling and traditional schooling will both be harder. Here's how to get them excited again.
The basics of teaching:
What is self-paced learning? Your child doesn't really have to keep up with anyone this year.
Lesson Planning: Planning a very simple lesson plan of your own. Even if you use a curriculum, you might want to try your hand at a homemade plan once in a while.
Pacing and Variety: Too much excitement overstimulates; too little puts them to sleep. Learn how to strike a balance.
Learning Styles: A basic introduction to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners and how to adapt your homeschool to their needs.
What Grade Level is My Homeschooler? The grade he was in at school may not be his real learning level--and his learning level might be different for each subject.
Preventing Distraction: Whether it's ADD, ordinary distractions, or just one of those days, this article has tips for both distracted parents and distracted children.
One special thematic unit study—picking something to make the year memorable
Helping your child maintain friendships (The dreaded socialization question)