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How do I start homeschooling?
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How much does it cost to home school my child?
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What must I do to homeschool in my area, including qualifications?
Laws and rules are different for every US state. Please make sure you are following the laws for your area. If you live outside of the US, you are on your own! I don't know every country's rules, so you will have to research that yourself. :)

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How to Start 
My 14 year old asks for homeschooling on a daily basis. I ask him all the time if someone is bothering him or if he's being bullied and his answer is …

My Adult daughter homeschooling her 2 younger brothers 
Can my adult daughter homeschool her 2 younger brothers in my home if she doesn't live with us? Reply from Diane: You would need to contact your …

How do I know if I pass? 
How do I know if I pass my grade and can move on to the next grade? Reply from Diane: Good question, Samantha! That could be puzzling, but there …

Re-enter the Public School 
My daughter is going to re-enter the public school. When I decided to homeschool her, everyone I talked with told me which curriculum to use but no one …

ADHD 
My son is 7 years old and the school has labeled him ADHD. After being in the public school for 3.5 years, he is repeating his second year in 1st grade. …

Children with Anxiety 
Does anyone have any suggestions for the debate of homeschooling versus public school for children with anxiety? I am a single mother, but I work from …

What else can I do to help my 2 1/2 year old? 
I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter. We started her on the "Your Baby Can Read" program when she was 6 months old. We haven't been following it to the T so, …

Homeschool for 3 Months Only 
Hi! I will be traveling this winter with my kids and will need to homeschool for 3 months only. Enrolling them in that state's public school isn't an …

Are Homeschool Curriculums Accredited?  
Are homeschool curriculums accredited? I have homeschooled my daughter now for the past two years through a private Christian homeschool but have decided …

Homeschool in Honduras 
I AM PLANNING TO LIVE IN HONDURAS FOR A WHILE AND I AM WONDERING IF I CAN HOMESCHOOL MY KIDS IN HONDURAS THE AMERICAN WAY? DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE? …

Get My Daughter Caught Up 
How can I get my daughter caught up. She failed the 9th grade and only got 3 credits. She is currently doing online schooling for 9th grade & is failing …

Cost 
My child will be in the 3rd grade next year and I wonder how much it will cost to homeschool her. Going to school makes her sick everyday. She …

Teaching Reading 
The thought of teaching reading really has me worried. It seems so huge! Reading is very important in life and I don't want to somehow mess it up. My …

Sonlight 
Have you bought any of the Sonlight Curriculum packages? And would you recommend them for the future? Some of the curriculum packages are pretty …

Daily Schedule 
What is your normal daily schedule while you're homeschooling? Do you have set times for subjects? Just something I was thinking about and curious what …

Homeschool Year Round? 
Do you homeschool year round or do you and your family have summer/winter breaks or whatever? And if you do, how long of breaks do you take? Also, do …

Sports 
I was reading your site over again today and started reading the sports section under 5 Reasons Not to Homeschool . You mentioned that our state does …

Negative Reactions 
How do you deal with the negative reactions from friends and relatives when you first tell them you've decided to homeschool? The first person I told …

Resources for Other States 
I live in Georgia and would like to homeschool my kids. Do I have to do a lesson plan and submit it? Is there a site where I can do all of this? …

Ordering DVDs 
How do I order your instructional DVDs? I don't see a link. Diane's Reply: I'm so sorry, but I have never created any instructional DVDs. You …

Retaining Pre-AP 
Can I homeschool my child and still make sure she can be in some type of pre-ap level? My daughter wants to homeschool for the next few months but I have …

Son is Behind at Public School 
My son is behind at public school. We want to pull him out of public school and home school to catch up and then send him back. He is in the fourth grade, …

Nevada Homeschool Law 
I want to homeschool my son in 2015-2016 for 3rd grade for religious reasons. I can't get a clear grasp on the Nevada state laws as to whether or not I …

Moving & New to Homeschool 
Hi, My name is Katie, I'm the mother of 5 boys (8,7,4,3,3). We currently live in Minnesota & plan to finish the school year here, however we are moving …

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How to Determine Virtual School Grade Level 
My son was in private school and they put him up two grades but now got kicked out of the school for being defiant. He was in 7th grade and does not know …

How many hours does a high schooler need to work for? 
I need to know how long to teach my child. Reply from Diane: Jennifer, You will find this answered for someone wanting to teach their 7th grade …

Homeschooling for 3 months while traveling outside the U.S. 
Hi. My 15 year old daughter and I will be traveling from Jan 25 thru April of this year. I want to provide the best homeschool option while we travel. …

Scholarships/Financial Aid 
I just enrolled my 12 yr old daughter in K12 Virtual Academy. She needs a laptop (required), and my husband and I are between residencies right now, living …

Should I home school? 
I have been raising my niece for 3 years. She has struggled at school because of the neglect she received from her parents. Now that I have custody …

Where to order homeschool books? 
I don't know where to order homeschool books or anything and I'm starting homeschool soon. Reply from Diane: Congratulations, Adelina, on your …

Son is Behind 
Will I get in trouble if my son is behind in school? I've homeschooled since k5; my son should be in 12th grade this year but he's several years behind …

How long does the process take? 
If your child no longer wants to be at school, how long would it take to get the whole thing done? And how much longer would the child have to go to school …

How do I start homeschooling my six year old, immediately? 
My husband took a job in Mississippi and we had to pack and move, quite suddenly. We are only here for four weeks before moving to Florida for a couple …

Catching Up 
How do I help a fourteen year old at 6th grade level catch up to 9th grade? Reply to Catching Up: I am going to assume you are homeschooling (a …

Shopping Reward Program for Homeschools 
Harris Teeter offers together an education program and pays a % of sales to designated schools. Have you tried this program and is it beneficial to homeschoolers? …

Moving Overseas 
I am moving with my children to the UK a couple months after school starts. We are staying with a friend while our visa is processed during the summer …

BULLIED by the School System and DSS 
WE are feeling BULLIED by the school system and DSS. My sons have a medical condition and they are being picked on for it. The teachers and office staff …

Language and Grammar 
My 8th grader is not strong in language and grammar and will be starting high school this fall. I have been home schooling her for the last 4 years; she …

Special Needs 
My son has had seizures since 2008 and is in Special Needs. He is way behind in school and is getting worse, it seems that he would do better if he was …

Special Needs 
I am considering homeschooling my special needs son. He has always been in special ed class up through 5th grade. Then in 6th grade he was dropped, like …

Tests 
Do my kids have to go into a public school to take any tests? Reply to Testing : Hello Scott, The only time my children took a test in the …

3 MONTHS A YEAR 
Can I homeschool 3 months a year? My daughter is at her mom's for the school year and at my home for the summer. I would like to homeschool her yearly …

Confused with Homeschooling 8th Grade 
I have just started homeschooling my daughter, Megan, this year (8th grade). We bought the whole 8th grade package from ABEKA. We started for about a week …

Losing Friends 
I'm worried about losing friends. If a person decides to homeschool their children, does that mean that the friends that child has now will "go by the …

Help With IEP 
My daughter is in 11th grade. This is our first year at homeschooling and it has not gone smooth at all!! My daughter has a learning disability and is …

Time Spent Homeschooling 
I may have to take a second job and wonder what kind of time is spent homeschooling? I have RA, which makes me feel bad a lot. I'm worried that I won't …

Moving 
Hi there. I am currently homeschooling my son in GCA K12 online virtual academy in Georgia, but will be needing to move back to Texas with my family …

Need Advice in NM 
My son is in the 8th grade and has always been in public school. He's never had a problem in any school he has ever attended and we've moved quite a bit …

Reluctant Researcher 
Our 12 year old will NOT research anything. How do you teach a reluctant child how to research? Reply to Reluctant Researcher : I would start …

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Moving From One City to Another 
My kids were enrolled in a private school last year. We moved to a different city in the summer and I would like to start homeschooling this fall. We …

From Homeschool to Public School 
Could you please tell me what's required to transition your child from homeshcool to public school? My daughter is a very bright child. She is only …

Can't afford to be homeschooled 
I'm a 10th grader who is in a public high school and I'm at a point where I'm frustrated with the classes. It's not because I can't pass classes, I'm …

Ivy League 
If I homeschool my son who is now in the 8th grade, will he be able to attend an Ivy League college? My son is having a lot of problems at school. He …

Free or Cheap Curriculum 
I have just started homeschooling and am looking for free or cheap curriculum. I would like to make sure my daughter is learning everything she should. …

Homeschooling my 7th Grader? 
I'm thinking about homeschooling my 7th grader and would like to know how to get started. Reply from Diane: First check with the laws of your state. …

I can't teach her! 
What if I want my child to be homeschooled but I can't teach her? Reply from Diane: You have one of two options that I know of. 1. Find …

Moving 
I'm moving from another country to US in the middle of a school year. We are going to be for 3 months in one city and then move to our final destination. …

Learning Disabilities 
Hello. My daughter is ADD and non-medicated. She is in a private school and in 3rd grade. She is doing well as the program is specifically designed …

How Would I Start? 
I live in Queens, NYC, 16 years old in High School and wonder...how would I start? I don't feel free to learn anything in my school. How would I start? …

Considering Homeschooling 
Hello, My name is Christine in southeastern Wisconsin and I have been considering Homeschooling for quite some time now. I have a 6 year old boy, almost …

How old is too old to homeschool? 
I just began homeschooling my boys this year. They are 10 and 12. I'm worried that I waited too long. My 12 year old doesn't take it as seriously as he …

Concerned Mother 
How do I acquire teaching skills for home schooling my child? Diane's answer to Concerned Mother : Linda, First, check with the laws of the …

Proof of Work 
My daughter is in eighth grade and I wonder if we have to keep a record as proof of work done? Is it necessary to keep everything she does in case there …

How to keep track of grades? 
I have been homeschooled for about 2 weeks now and wondering how to keep track of my grades in case I want to go back to public school? I am in 9th grade …

I'm Having Anxiety! 
My daughter is in 10th grade and we are on our 5th day of home schooling, but I'm having anxiety! My head is spinning with all the options for curriculum. …

Homeschool Outside the Country? 
Hi, Can I homeschool outside the country? Currently we are living in California, but my husband has to move back to our native country to take …

Montessori Method 
Are you familiar with the Montessori Method of teaching/learning? How does it work? Have you used this method? And at what age did you start actually "home-schooling" …

Alphabet First? 
Should I be teaching the letters of the alphabet first? The 3R's says that they don't need to know the names of the letters and that it might end up confusing …

4H & Scouts 
I'm thinking about 4H & Scouts for my 3 year old daughter. I remember when I was in school we had a 4 H club. But, I don't know of anything else outside …

Homeschool Meeting 
How do you find out if there is a homeschool meeting in your area? Diane's Reply: I would start by looking for a support group. This site is …

High School 
So, I am worrying myself about high school! I try not to. I have 11 1/2 years until then. But, it still seems to be in my mind. My main worry is...what …

Playmobil? 
I was reading your home school ideas and you mention Playmobil for preschool. I have never heard of that. What is it exactly? Reply from Diane: …

Cost 
Can you please tell me what the cost is for homeschooling? Thank You. Diane's Reply: Because of the wide variety of styles and curricula (overwhelming …

Art and Music 
How did you teach your kids about art and music? Are there any good books out there explaining art or music? I remember when I was a kid we would learn …

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Teaching Different Ages 
How do you manage teaching different ages of children? We have young children now, but in a couple of years they'll be starting school. I just wonder …

Homeschool With a New Baby 
Is it difficult to homeschool with a new baby in the home? My daughter will be 3 in February. My husband and I are thinking about having another baby …

College Scholarships 
I was wondering if homeschoolers qualify for college scholarships? We've started a college fund, but with the rising cost of education, we worry about …

College Application Process 
Are there any extra things you have to do as part of the college application process? I'm thinking about taking my daughter out of public high school …

Anti-Social Weirdos 
I'm not trying to judge, but when I was a kid, I met a couple of homeschool kids and they were anti-social weirdos who didn't really know how to interact …

Debating on Homeschooling 
I am debating on homeschooling my daughter who will be starting Headstart the next school year. I have read your website over and over. I have thought …

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