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Feeling Overwhelmed By Choice
© Beverley Paine
"I have just removed my children from school. I have found my local home eduacting group so feel we have sorted to the social side out, however I am overwhelmed by the choice of resources for home educators! Can you suggest some places to start?"
Feeling overwhelmed by all the information about home educating and how to get started? You aren't alone - we all do in the beginning!
When I began homeschooling, I had the completely opposite problem. There were no support groups or resources readily available. This meant I had to start from scratch, which although a considerable task was the very best place, even now. It helps to clarify the mind and instead of simply applying a pre-made curriculum to your children's education in the same that schools do, you build a curriculum from the ground up that is individually tailored to your family's needs and to educational needs and learning styles of each of your children.
I'd start by looking in shops like your local newsagent and picking up a 'homework' or equivalent student workbook at your child's level. These usually cost less than $10 and will help your child feel that they are still doing 'schoolwork'.
Even though you haven't settled on your preferred curriculum just yet, it will show that you are teaching your children at home. And us home educating mums and dads are always changing up what and how we're helping the kids learn, finding new resources. How we start homeschooling is never the way it looks months and years later! Most families aren't using the same method in six months after starting so spending a lot of money at this stage is unwise.
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Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
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We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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