• Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states in the U.S. There are different laws in each of them, so start by looking up the regulations and requirements in your state. Some require nothing more than a signature once a year to confirm that you are homeschooling, while others require you to submit formal test scores and an outline of the curriculum you're using.

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  • You don't need a degree to homeschool your children. Recent achievement tests show that there is virtually no difference in scores of homeschooled children with one parent who's a certified instructor versus those with none.

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  • No matter what you want to focus on, or what you think your style of teaching may be, there is a homeschool curriculum perfect for you. With a little looking and research, you can find exactly what will work for your family.

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  • Make a list of things you will need such as notebooks, crayons, pencils, and erasers. Think of a typical back-to-school list, minus the backpack. Walmart and Target are great places to stock up on all the essentials without breaking the bank.

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  • You don't necessarily need a dedicated room just for homeschooling. A small space can work just as well as a large room. By being organized and making sure every item has a storage spot, you can easily get it out and put it away as you need it. Plus, you have a whole wide world full of open spaces. There is no rule that you have to do all your lessons indoors at a desk!

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  • While activities outside of the home are not a requirement for homeschooling, they are important to get you out of the house around other people. There are still plenty of sporting options that are not through the local school and they will not only provide some much-needed exercise and time out, they will also help show the value of teamwork and allow your child to form bonds with other kids.

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  • No matter how you see your day going, you have to be flexible. Allow for detours in learning and lots of questions. One of my favorite days of homeschooling started with the colonization of Hong Kong and detoured and ended with a viewing of the movie "Pearl Harbor" and a discussion about World War II.

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