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What is the best time to start my homeschool each day? How long should it last? 

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Homeschool parents have the liberty to choose the schedule that works best for their family. With that being said, Interfaith Academy suggests that parents keep the standard or "normal" school day hours that public schools students in their state keep.  Each state's policies are different. However in Alabama, for example, the state's requirement for all students is 6 hours (refers to instructional hours only excluding lunch, recess, etc). Even if you live in a state other than Alabama, we have found that maintaining school hours with 6 hours of instructional time between 8 am -3 pm is very effective.  Maintaining regular...

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Am I Qualified to Homeschool My Child?

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Am I Qualified to Homeschool My Child?

Am I Qualified to Homeschool My Child? Part Two Last time we discussed this awesome subject, and I wanted to discuss  Knowledge of Your ChildNo one knows a child like his or her parents. Even the most well-meaning teacher does not have the personal interest in your child that you do. That's just how parenting is - you have unique insights into what makes your child tick (or that stops his clock) that you may not be able to put into words. But that insight will hold you in good stead as a homeschooling parent. Outside ResourcesAs noted above, you can't...

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Everyday Activities That Help Your Teen Apply What They Learn, PART THREE

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Everyday Activities That Help Your Teen Apply What They Learn, PART THREE VolunteeringVolunteering is a great experience for any child of any age. In the teen years, volunteering can serve many purposes, including exploring areas of possible future job interests. Whether your child wants to become a cook or a veterinarian, there is an opportunity for them to volunteer somewhere that sparks passion inside them. Encourage your child to volunteer in at least a few different places throughout their teen years, as this will give them a taste of what the working world is like, and will help them choose...

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Benefits of Homeschooling

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Benefits of Homeschooling

Benefits of Homeschooling Homeschoolers often choose to educate their children at home due to the benefits inherent in homeschooling. For those considering homeschooling as an option, you might be wondering just what these benefits are. Studies have shown all sorts of benefits to homeschooling; here are some of them. Family TimeMany families are concerned about the lack of family time in our modern world. Between work, school, and extracurricular activities, many parents and children find it difficult to find time to spend together. Homeschooling requires that the teacher (parent) does spend time with the child or children, and you learn...

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Is Homeschooling Expensive? Part One

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Is Homeschooling Expensive? Part One

Is Homeschooling Expensive? Part One One of a parent's concerns when he or she is deciding whether or not to homeschool is that of cost. It's true that homeschooling can be very expensive, but it does not have to be. Here are some things to consider as you decide whether or not you are going to spend a lot on homeschooling. Entire CurriculaIf you've browsed catalogues (online or in paper) that sell entire curricula - that is, a complete set-up with books, lesson plans, workbooks, manipulatives, etc. for the year - you may have gone into "sticker shock" at the...

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