Getting Started

Decisions, Decisions

A discussion of the reasons to homeschool, asking questions such as: How does a person learn to think clearly and effectively and to make reasoned decisions? How do you learn - or teach someone else - to gather enough information about a situation to become familiar with the pros and cons, the advantages and...
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Sing Along with Natalie!

One of the more delightful finds during this end of summer “not-back-to-school” period is this sharp, smart rewriting of a pop song into an anthem for new homeschoolers: I Will Survive (the first year of homeschooling)* I kidded Natalie that she’s homeschooling’s answer to Weird Al. *Originally written and produced by Freddie Perren and...
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Finance Lessons for Home Schoolers –

Finance Lessons for Home Schoolers – “Whatever the advantages of home-schooling, saving money isn’t necessarily one of them. Add up what you spend on books, curricula, tutors, field trips — not to mention the loss of a second income if one parent becomes the full-time teacher — and the cost of home-schooling can...
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New: HEM’s Introduction to Homeschooling

The editors of Home Education Magazine have completely edited and revised the free Introduction to Homeschooling booklet which answers the questions new homeschoolers frequently ask, such as: Is homeschooling legal? Do we need to use a curriculum? Where can we find materials and resources? What is unschooling? What about socialization? How will our kids...
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Getting Started with Homeschooling?

This time of year always brings a landslide of inquiries about homeschooling, and over the years we’ve developed a wide selection of resources to help you learn more about homeschooling – many available free right here on our HEM website! For starters we have a whole section devoted to the questions and concerns people...
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