Reading Tips for Home Schoolers

Reading is one of the most important skills your child needs to master. If a person knows how to read, he can teach himself how to do many other things. He can discover a new world in each book, and travel in time to faraway places without ever leaving the comfort of his bed or couch.

With this in mind, one major tip for teaching your child to read is to be patient. It takes hard work, practice and repetition to help your child master the art of reading and to become proficient at it on his own.

Here are some tips and techniques to get your homeschooled child motivated to read.

  • Before reading, let her go through the pages and see the illustrations.
  • Ask her questions before, during and after reading: what do you think the book is going to be about? What do you think will happen next? Can you retell me the story we just read together?
  • Sit next to your kid, so he can see the material you are reading. Point to each word you are reading aloud. This will help him follow along and he will start picking up some of the words that you are reading.
  • Let her read easy words, or words you already know she can read on her own.
  • Read a short sentence and then ask him to try to “read” it. Even though he is not really reading, the fact that he is imitating you helps in the process of memorization.
  • Little by little, start letting your child read more words on her own.
  • If he has trouble when reading a word, try to get him to think of the sounds that each letter makes and have him sound each out. Then have him all the letter sounds in sequence faster. This will help get him used to figuring out unfamiliar words on his own by putting their sounds together.
  • If there is a word that she can’t figure out, tell her the word and ask if she knows what it means. Many times, the child will have difficulty reading not because she doesn’t know the sounds, but due to not knowing what a word means at all. Tell her the definition, and ask her to tell you what it means in her own words. Ask her to make up a sentence to ensure she comprehends the word, then reread the sentence in the book where the word occured again. Make sure she gets it this time.
  • Create your own flash cards with all of the words that he encountered in the book that were hard to read. You can practice with him each day, showing him the word on the card and having him attempt to read it. If he cannot, tell him what the word is and have him repeat it out loud. When he gets a word correct on his own three days on his own, then that word is retired from the flash card pile. Make a big deal out of this, like a game. He will learn many new words this way.
  • Pick ten to fifteen words that you want to work during the week. Have fun with them. They can include words that she had trouble with in a book, or any other word you want to use (we have free pages with sight words on our site to help you). You can make games, have her decorate the words by painting a picture of what the word means, or even make crazy sentences using all of them. See the book “Sweet & Shorts” by Diana Pena for an example of the ways you can get creative with sight words. Each child is unique, so you have to experiment and see what works for yours.

The most important part: HAVE FUN!!!!!

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Diana Pena and her husband Willie have written books for homeschoolers, such as What I Like: A fun, basic reading book for Kindergarteners and First Graders.
& Sweet & Shorts!: Short “Stories” Made of 100 Important Sight Words a First Grader Should Know  and also run the Homeschoolbuildingblocks.com website.

Free College for Homeschoolers – Dual Enrollment

Did you know that many colleges offer FREE courses for kids that are in high school, including homeschoolers? These courses provide college credit, and are most frequently referred to as dual enrollment classes.

Save Money on College Credits

Advantages of dual enrolment include the ability to earn your associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time, getting a jumpstart on peers entering the workforce and obtaining college credits for free. The tution for college credits in many areas is covered by the state, although students will usually have to pay for their textbooks on their own. Private universities may allow dual enrollment but require the student to pay out-of-pocket, so public colleges will be a better chouce for budget-conscious families.

Rules for Dual Enrollment

Each state has different rules regarding dual enrollment. As an example, California allows any student from kindergarten to 12th grade to be dual-enrolled, while in other states the child must in at least in the 9th grade. A teacher recommendation in writing is typically required, referencing the specific courses that they consider will benefit the scholar. For homeschooled children, that recommendation letter comes from you, the parent!

Students may have to take a college entrance exam or the SAT in some jurisdictions to be accepted for dual enrollment. Basically, you must prove your child to be exceptional and able to handle the advanced material and workload required of a college student at a younger age. As properly homeschooled children tend to do well with independent study, and some even skip entire grades, this should be no problem for many of them.

In order for the classes to be free-of-charge, students can only take certain amount of credits. California has a limit of 11, but most states have a limit of six credits.

Dual Enrollment Classes

Dual enrollment classes can be taken either on campus or online depending on the school. A good strategy is to get the core classes out of the way during dual enrollment, such as algebra and English courses. This material will probably be fresh in the mind and will fit in with current high school courses. It may be possible to take a single class that fulfills both the high school requirement and the college credit requirement simultaneously. When the student finally enrolls in college full time, she can then focus on the specialized courses to fulfill her major instead of having to fulfill lower level classes like Western Civilization 101.

Set Realistic Expectations for Dual Enrollment

We only recommend this approach for self-motivated, hard-working students that are not afraid to be challenged. Don’t expect college professors to go easy on your child because he is still in high school or only 12 years old. They will treat him like everyone else and demand a solid performance.

Furthermore, ensure your child is ready to accept the social challenges that may arise by taking a college class at a younger age than other students, especially if she is attending classes on campus.

More resources:

U.S. Department of Education: High School Students Using Dual Enrollment to Earn College Credit, New Reports Say

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Diana Pena and her husband Willie have written books for homeschoolers, such as What I Like: A fun, basic reading book for Kindergarteners and First Graders.
& Sweet & Shorts!: Short “Stories” Made of 100 Important Sight Words a First Grader Should Know  and also run the Homeschoolbuildingblocks.com website.

How to Homeschool Your Child

Now that you have committed that homeschooling is the way to teach your children, are ready for the glee and the anguish – the path forth is a bit bouncy, nonetheless the incentives are greater and make up for it. Developing a well-adjusted and well-rounded identity is no mere victory.

It is imperative to check out your state rules on home knowledge. Some states need an admission filed with the State’s course of study department. There are primarily 3 sections for homeschooling statutes. These are: private middle school acts, home sweet home course of study laws, and equivalency acts. Find your state acts. You moreover may need to maintain a certificate that shows the offspring’s academic gain. It is effective to do some serious considering into the legal requirements previous to the start of your homeschooling. Some states, in addition, set terms for an ample scholastic requirement for the dad or teacher.

It’s a good idea to look for a group that will inspire you. If you live in a quizzical region, well-meaning acquaintances will try to caution you. At the very least, they may put highly disturbed skepticisms in your head. An aid group that consists of love-minded society will shelter you from the adverse criticism, stress, and debating points of unceasing school-goers. There are very many groups that assemble at entertaining events revel in visits to the zoo, museum, tours to the ice cream shops etc. And if your little kids steer toward friendships with additional homeschoolers, they will be able to formulate continuing ties that do not dry up when their friends transform school locations. These groups pave the way to an important road for socialization.

The next important thing to do is to pick out a study. Depending upon the manner of homeschooling, you may adopt of all sorts devices that help you in this development. The Internet is an abounding means for homeschooling. Do some investigation and seek out the information that is available.

There are the usual ground rules that apply to homeschooling. Homeschooling requires significantly more discipline and hard work that a structured school setting. Here is an ample list of the things you will need:

  1. Affinity to cram the mind
  2. Hard work and determination
  3. Self-discipline
  4. Time and determination
  5. Flexibility
  6. Eagerness

Analyze why you adopted homeschooling. Your desires and your reasons are noteworthy pillars on which the whole edifice of Tim and Lisa’s lessons depends. To boot, consult with your kids. Ask them what they feel about homeschooling.

Designate general studies or custom-assemble a core curriculum that is the easiest fit for Tim and Lisa. Keeping a theme and a schedule is a significant part of homeschooling. Contemplate the assorted methodologies of home educating. Devise a routine. Tim and Lisa do not empathize with comprehending studies 6-7 hours every moment. Make possible for him or her to profess the amount of time and breaks included in the day. Adjustability and fun are the cornerstones of homeschooling. Do not stuff too many numerous skills into a single term or month. Make sure you lay out your lesson plans in at an obtainable pace. Allow the boy to grasp the skills he is ready for and don’t force too much at once.

Gentle parenting is the secret to successful homeschooling. While in homeschooling, young people have large advances in learning and show more zeal. They also turn out to be surprisingly well balanced and well informed when they are educated at home sweet home.

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Carol Currie is active in the homeschooling community and is the author of several home school e-books.

Abeka Homeschool Curriculum – An Honest Look at the Pros and Cons

Abeka homeschool curriculum is a K-12, accredited, Christian based homeschooling program that uses teaching techniques that are similar to those used in traditional schools. A Beka Book was founded in 1954 and is a still a favorite among Christian schools. The company’s use of textbooks and workbooks makes it a popular choice among parents who want to make sure their children remain on par with their peers in Christian and public schools.

Abeka homeschooling materials are colorful, thorough and easy to use, making it a good fit for families who are new to homeschooling. The company provides workbook pages that children can use independently, and teacher’s manuals that tell parents exactly what to say and do during instruction time. Parents can also purchase flashcards, charts and games that are scheduled in the lesson plans, along with answer keys for checking workbooks and tests. The company offers a full range of academic subjects. Materials can be purchased separately or as part of a kit.

Although Abeka is more expensive than similar programs on the market, it provides a high-quality education that usually places children a grade level above their public school peers. The company’s lesson plans and other materials can be saved and reused with younger siblings. Because Abeka is a popular program, materials that are well kept can usually be easily resold.

Some homeschoolers have complained that Abeka is too structured, too time-consuming, and too much like having school at home. However, as with any curricula, the program can be adapted to meet a family’s needs. In our home, we only use Abeka for math, phonics and language arts. We slow down or speed up as needed, and eliminate unnecessary activities. We also add in books, projects and field trips to make our program more fun.

Abeka generally works well for children with visual and auditory learning styles who learn in a traditional manner. It may not be a good fit for kinesthetic or hands-on learners. In addition, because the program moves at a rapid pace, it may not be suitable for children with special needs or learning disabilities.

Families who choose to use Abeka homeschool curriculum can use the parent-directed program that allows them to purchase materials to use on their own, or the fully accredited option, where A Beka Academy generates report cards and transcripts for the student. The company also has a DVD program which brings high-quality teaching into the home. In my opinion, the non-accredited, parent-directed option allows more flexibility. Families that live in states that do not have strict homeschooling requirements should have no problem taking this route.

Before purchasing materials from A Beka Book, view samples at the company’s website or attend a hotel meeting at a location near you.

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By: Carletta Sanders

Here are some reviews of Abeka Homeschool Curriculum that were written by other homeschoolers. Carletta Sanders is a homeschool mom of 3 and editor of the website, Successful Homeschooling. For homeschool information and ideas delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for her homeschool newsletter.

The Importance of Homeschool Record Keeping

It’s every homeschooler’s nightmare. A local school district official knocks on the door and asks to see your homeschool record keeping. However, after a brief moment of panic, the realization dawns that this isn’t a nightmare after all. You’ve done your homework and are prepared for such a visit. After spending a few minutes looking over your records, the impressed official heads for the door, satisfied you are in compliance with the law.

It rarely happens, but what if it would happen to you? Would you be prepared? Record keeping is a critically important part of a homeschooling parent’s job. However, the importance of homeschool record keeping goes way beyond being prepared for an unexpected visit from a school official.

Why?

Why is record keeping so important? The documentation of your children’s Christian homeschool education can serve many purposes beyond simply proving compliance with the law. Children applying for scholarships or other honors may need school records in order to satisfy eligibility requirements. The college application and admission process depends heavily on the existence of detailed homeschool record keeping. In addition, a child entering or re-entering a public or private school can be placed more easily and appropriately if adequate records have been kept. Homeschool records also help provide the opportunity for personal and/or professional evaluation of student progress and planning for future academic pursuits. Finally, some families may elect to keep records for nostalgic reasons or for the purpose of providing a way to showcase a child’s homeschool experience for family and friends.

Still, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Since no two homeschool experiences are the same, it’s impossible to design a record keeping plan that works for every family. This guide is intended to provide the information you need to assist you in developing a record keeping system that meet your specific needs.

Who and When?

Whether you’re a first-time home educator or a veteran who has never made homeschool record keeping a priority, every homeschooler should start keeping detailed records now! While you may never need to use some of what you collect, the benefit of having comprehensive records far outweighs the time invested to create them. Besides, it doesn’t require much time in the first place? While the time required will vary from family to family, most homeschoolers must invest relatively little time in order to create and maintain a well-designed record keeping system.

What?

Now that you’ve decided you should keep records of your family’s homeschool, what should you maintain? The answer to this question is determined to a large extent by the consideration of several important factors:

  1. – Where do you live?
  2. – With what laws must you comply?
  3. – How old is your child?
  4. – Will your child be entering a public or private school in the future?
  5. – Is your child college-bound?

Where you live plays a significant role in answering the question of “what,” In the United States, state laws govern the education of all children, including children who are schooled at home. Since failure to comply with the laws of your state can result in the loss of your right to homeschool, knowing and understanding your state’s laws is vitally important in determining what records you need to keep for your children. An online search for your state’s homeschool laws can help you determine records you are required to keep.

Another important factor to consider when determining what records to keep is the age of your children. While it is strongly recommended to keep records for all children, it is especially important to keep meticulous records for high school aged children. These records can significantly impact the college and/or job application process of your teenage child. In addition, if it’s likely your children will eventually be placed in a public or private school, detailed records will make the transfer process much easier, potentially eliminating the need for extensive placement testing.

Though some families have very few requirements to satisfy, they still choose to keep records of their children’s homeschool experience solely for personal and/or sentimental reasons. So, even if all you want to do is show off your child’s academic abilities to family and friends, homeschool record keeping is a great idea!

How?

There are as many different ways to keep homeschool records as there are reasons to keep them! Exactly how you keep your student records should be determined by many of the same factors considered above and may change as your homeschool journey progresses. Factors like location, age of children, academic goals, and others also affect how you should keep your records.

While there are many possible record keeping methods, one of the most effective and efficient ways to compile academic records for children of all ages is to create a portfolio, a collection of documentation intended to demonstrate a homeschool child’s academic progress. The contents of a homeschool portfolio will vary from family to family according to specific legal requirements, as well as personal preference. However, a comprehensive portfolio always contains some variation of many of the following items:

  • Student data page: General student information, such as name, birth date, address, etc.
  • Medical records required by law, such as immunizations
  • Documentation of compliance with state requirements that may or may not include the following items:
  • List of specific goals and objectives for each academic subject
  • Documentation of communication with local school district officials
  • List of educational materials utilized, including author and publishing information for all books, curriculum, DVDs/videos, and software
  • Sampling of student work in all subject areas, particularly those required by law like math and science: Samples should be representative of both type (workbook pages, written compositions, quizzes, and tests) and quality of work completed by the student.
  • Documentation of required and/or voluntary assessment: Assessment can be measured and reported through a variety of means, including report cards, standardized testing, professional evaluations, grade reports, and transcripts.
  • Report of extracurricular activities, such as field trips, homeschool group or church activities, sports, music, drama, etc. These can be presented in journal format and may include photographs and student assignments specific to the activity.
  •  Documentation of special awards, honors, accomplishments, and achievements earned.

A portfolio can be compiled completely from scratch or can be created using packaged record keeping programs available in a variety of formats. Electronic curriculum options, such as online or computer-based curriculum can provide easy access to much of the documentation needed to put together a complete record of your children’s home education.

So, why are you waiting? Wherever you are on your homeschool journey, don’t wait for a knock on the door to begin your homeschool record keeping. Start creating a record of your children’s homeschool experience today!

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By: Alpha Omega Publications

Learn how to get started in homeschool record keeping and successfully educate your children at home. Create a homeschool learning environment that is organized with the right homeschool record keeping.

Easing the Transition From Public to Home School

If you have made the decision to homeschool and part of that decision will involve transitioning your child(ren) out of the public school system, there are some aspects worth considering.

Once your kids begin their educational life outside of the public school, there will be a transition time for them; as there would be a transition time for anyone undergoing change in their life and their routines. If this is about to become your homeschooling scenario you should understand that the time after the public school, yet before you begin homeschooling is a good time to help your child through this period and prepare for their upcoming new educational experience. It’s important to use this time to help your child understand that learning and their education can take place with their home and their family unit.

Even once your homeschooling year begins it’s important to understand that your child will probably still need some time to adjust to the new routine and the new freedoms of education at home. Early on, let your child dip their toe into the water of homeschooling before jumping in. Remember, aside from the teachings, the lessons, and the learning, this will indeed be quite a different environment for your child as opposed the the bells, the crowded halls, and all the noise and distractions they have become accustom to in their previous learning environment. So, some decompression time may well be in order for them.

During this time, don’t worry about setting expectations too high, or feel as though if you don’t get started ‘doing’ something you will soon fall behind schedule. Remember, flexibility and scheduling is one of the great benefits to homeschooling. Relax. Besides, I truly believe you’ll soon find that once you do get into the rhythm of your schedule, you’ll find that with the individual attention that your child receives with each subject, they’ll soon not only make up for any early lost time, but they’ll probably surpass what you even had scheduled initially!

Use the transition or decompression time to talk with your child about what it is that they are really interested in and what they like to learn about and dream about. Talk to them about setting little and longer term goals and how by reaching each little goal one at a time they are on their way to realizing their dream. Let them know that they will be able to learn and study subject matter that they are interested in much greater detail than they have ever been able to before. Get their mind jump started on all the great projects and subject that you will cover with them in your new homeschooling environment. If you do this, you’ll find that your kids will make it through the transition from traditional education to homeschool education excited and energized about these wonderful possibilities to learning.

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By: Hong Kirby

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Homeschool Versus Public School – Pros and Cons

Homeschooling and public schooling co-exist successfully today! But one question that often comes in to the mind of parents when the time has come for educating their child is what to choose between homeschooling and public schooling? For parents who are doubtful in choosing the type of education for their children, it is better to know the pros and cons of both systems first.

The advantages of homeschooling over public schooling:

  • Homeschooling provides individual attention and quality time to each learning student which is not possible in a public school. A parent can observe how their kids progress and can help them in areas they find difficult to cope.
  • Homeschooling is more flexible than public schooling as the schedule can be adjusted to the child’s suitability. Flexibility also helps in changing the curriculum according to what is easy for you and your child. Parents can help children understand the subject matter and yield good results.
  • Children are made to learn in a practical environment thereby involving them in a variety of situations. Children tend to learn faster and enjoy working in such situations.
  • Another big advantage of homeschooling over public schooling is the cost structure. Homeschooling is comparatively less expensive as compared to public and private school fees. You can involve your child in social activities that can help them to develop their social skills and hence save a lot of money too.
  • There is no age classification for homeschooling children; hence children not only get engaged with same age group but also with children of different ages and adults as well.

Such factors have induced many parents to opt for homeschooling but one should not forget the positive aspect of public schooling which a child lacks in home based schooling.

The advantages of public schooling over homeschooling are:

  • Public schooling provides social development of the child. Although a homeschooling child can be involved in social activities, none will be as effective as being a part of some social groups for years to come. The classroom setting provides the benefit of socializing for your child.
  • The parent is left with the complete responsibility to educate the child during homeschooling. Thus, you might not get time for yourself and your job which is otherwise possible in public schooling. This also helps in reducing financial stress for parents who are both working.
  • Public schooling has trained teachers who are well equipped with the knowledge of teaching a wide range of subjects. Homeschooling, on the other hand leaves no option but for the parent to understand each and every subject before making it easy for their child to learn. Moreover, the parents have to research and gather the curriculum for each of their children.

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By: daniel.rayfield

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Homeschooling Support: 5 Ways To Develop An Extensive Homeschool Network

One of the most important components of successful homeschooling is good homeschooling support. Here are 5 ways you can receive the support and information your family needs to thrive:

Homeschool Support Groups

Homeschooling support groups are made up of families who meet regularly to provide each other with encouragement and social interaction. Homeschool support groups can be formal or informal depending their scope and purpose. Some groups limit membership to those who use a certain curriculum or hold specific religious beliefs. Inclusive homeschool groups are open to all families who educate their children at home.

Homeschool Co-ops

In homeschooling co-ops, or cooperatives, families join together to help teach each other’s children. Coop courses can be taught by parents or paid tutors. When choosing a co-op, make sure you understand the required level of commitment for both parents and students.

Homeschool Message Boards

Homeschool message boards, or forums, are great places to receive support without leaving your home. Some homeschool forums focus on specific teaching methods and curricula, while others are open to all homeschoolers. These online communities are excellent sources of information and encouragement.

Homeschool Conventions

Homeschool conferences are great places to meet and learn from other homeschoolers. Many of these events feature workshops that provide information about homeschool curriculum and techniques. Some conventions also host home school curriculum fairs where you can view and ask questions about home school materials. When preparing for a homeschool convention, make sure you are aware of the rules of the event.

Community Groups

Many businesses and organizations host classes or activities that provide valuable learning opportunities for homeschool students. Check with community centers, athletic facilities, museums, churches, libraries and other local companies to see if they offer programs that can benefit your children.

Stay on the lookout for the many opportunities for support that are around you. Homeschooling is not always easy, and homeschool support can help you stay the course when the going gets tough!

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By: Carletta Sanders

Here is some additional information about homeschooling support. Carletta Sanders is a homeschool mom of 3. For homeschool information and activities delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for Carletta’s homeschooling newsletter.

Homeschooling Preschoolers – What Your Child Needs To Know

Although many parents feel overwhelmed at the thought of teaching their own children, homeschooling preschoolers is as easy as 1, 2, 3. If you read to your child daily, teach basic math concepts like grouping and counting, and plan simple activities that build fine and gross motor skills, your child will know everything he or she needs to be ready for kindergarten. Here are some guidelines for teaching preschool reading, math, writing.

Preschool Math

In order to be ready for kindergarten, your preschooler should know how to count to 10, identify colors and shapes, identify numbers through 10, group items by shape or color, use mathematical words that describe distance and size, and complete patterns.

Preschool Writing

Get your child ready to write by using activities that strengthen fine motor skills. Teach your child to hold crayons and scissors correctly, trace lines, cut and paste, draw basic shapes, and write his or her name.

Preschool Reading

To be ready to read, your child needs to know how to hold books correctly, listen to stories, tell familiar stories, make rhymes and identify some letters and their sounds.

In addition to the above, your child should know his or her full name, parents’ names, address and telephone number. You will also want to make sure your preschooler is mature enough to dress himself, use the bathroom by himself, obey the adult in charge, and interact well with peers.

When homeschooling preschoolers, make sure you stay on your child’s level by moving forward or slowing down as needed. Put away the curriculum if it becomes frustrating or overwhelming, and let your child learn by helping you with chores, errands and other responsibilities.

Make time to talk to your child and answer questions thoroughly and patiently. You don’t need a degree to successfully homeschool preschool. All you need is a few good books, time and a lot of love!

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By: Carletta Sanders

Here are some additional homeschool preschool guidelines, along with information about specific activities you can use to teach preschool. Carletta Sanders is a homeschool mom of 3. Visit her website to read more about homeschooling preschoolers.

Homeschool Dads – Are You In the Top 17?

I call my husband “The fun patrol.” Why? Because he is a master of finding adventure, of pushing the limits, of creating fun experiences for my kids. Through their dad, my kids have learned the joys of hiking, biking, kayaking, landscaping, building, designing and racing pinewood derby cars, wrestling, camping, building a fire, drawing, electronics, and so much more! He is the one who has given them the confidence to try new things, to overcome their fears, and to press on to excellence. And he does all of that after work!

But there are a number of dads out there who are the primary teachers in their homeschool.

Whether he is the support network for your family or the primary instructor in your homeschool program, Dad is important and very necessary!

Dad brings a whole new perspective to homeschooling and to life in general. With Dad, my kids have the opportunity to take part in a whole new world of activities. With Dad, those concepts that I just can’t seem to get them to grasp are suddenly understandable. With Dad, that digestive system model that looked more like the model of the playground suddenly took a more appealing shape!

But despite his importance, most homeschool sites and resources are directed to homeschooling moms! True, the majority of homeschoolers are homeschooling moms, but for those of you dads who either put in the time after work or who take on the primary teaching role, help is available.

For those of you Dads who serve a supporting role in the homeschool program, read on for my top seventeen ways to be outstanding!

Things to do with your kids:

1. Do a science experiment together.
2. Build a project while teaching them how use your tools.
3. Read to them adding in your own special additions that make the story more exciting.
4. Go for a hike with your children and point out the beauty and intricacies of God’s creation.
5. Share memories from your childhood while taking a walk or hanging out on the couch with your kids.
6. Read a chapter of the Bible every evening.
7. Take your kids to a minor-league baseball game.
8. Turn off the television.
9. Play silly games that involve lots of hugging and wrestling.
10. Hug them when you leave for work and when you come home.
11. Give them a vision worth living for–and worth dying for, if necessary.
12. Get them involved in sports and be their biggest fan (beware of trying to take on a coaching role unless you are the coach.

How to support the home:

1. Do the grocery shopping.
2. If you want to go an extra mile: take care of the laundry.
3. Take the first 10 minutes of your time when you come in the door to sit and talk with your wife—and let her do the talking.
4. Be sure to make time to date your wife.
5. Encourage mom to take time off just for herself.

If you take on a primary role in your homeschool program, be sure to visit the sites listed below for some terrific help and insight from fellow homeschool Dads!

HomeschoolDads.com

Written by a homeschool dad specifically for dads who take care of the homeschooling.

National Home Education Network

Find a section entitled “For Dads by Dads” under the “Homeschooling Helps” tab.

Fatherville

A site for Dads that covers a variety of topics, but has a specific section for homeschool dads.

Dads, no matter your role, you are important and very necessary to the success of your homeschool program!

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Jessica L. Parnell is a homeschool consultant and evaluator,and the principal of Bridgeway Homeschool Academy, a fully accredited international homeschool academy that has been serving the homeschool community since 1989.