How to Start?

by Christine Shaffer
(Baltimore Maryland)

I am wondering how to start homeschooling. My children are Emily (14) and Jacob (15). Both are in 9th grade public school. My son failed last year due to multiple issues with peer pressure and overall bad experience with our high school. It is not a very safe environment, has an extremely high crime and dropout rate, one of the highest in our county, as well as extremely low test scores.

I am looking for a safe alternative that will allow them to grow and enjoy learning. My oldest son Robert, attended a Christian school and was taught with the Abeka program. I am interested in how to get started with the program as a home school. I live in Baltimore County Maryland and I am not sure how to get things started. Please provide any information you have.

Thanks for your time and consideration.


Reply to How to Start?:


I must first commend you for taking that initial step to homeschool! You should see an improvement in all areas, just give it some time. We have some helpful suggestions on our How to Start Homeschooling page. Be sure to check with the HSLDA website on that page to make sure you're doing what is required in Maryland.

It sounds like you would like to continue using the Abeka program. You may want to visit the website or call them directly using their toll free number: 1-800-874-3592. They will be able to point you in the right direction.

Because your children are teens, you may enjoy reading The Teenage Liberation Handbook together. Look for it in your local library.

Your first few months will seem a little awkward. And that's okay! Pretty soon you'll fall into the swing of things, learning what feels right for you AND your children. Take your time. They don't have to learn everything at once.

All the best to you. Keep us posted on how you're doing!

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How to start
by: Nita

Well first Google homeschool support organizations in your area. Then research the laws for your state. After that, I personally found that joining a Umbrella program was of great help to me. And also joining in a co-op was wonderful for my kids. Once you've found out what your state's requirements are, then you just have to select a curriculum. Ask your kids what they want to do after high school and build their curriculum to meet those while meeting the standards for graduating in your state.

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