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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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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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Socialization and the Homeschooled Child, Part Two

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Socialization and the Homeschooled Child, Part Two

Socialization and the Homeschooled Child, Part Two Parents may be concerned that their homeschooled child is not getting the time with peers that is considered healthy, though. Some homeschooled children do experience a lack of peer-to-peer play time if there simply aren't others their age around. And often, those playmates that are the same age are off in school all day. Here are some tips on how parents can address these socialization concerns. * Make playdates with other moms, dads, and their kids. You can meet at the park or museum, or just hang out at one another's houses. Sometimes...

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Answers to Top Questions about Homeschooling, Part One

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Answers to Top Questions about Homeschooling, Part One

Answers to Top Questions about Homeschooling Part One As parents consider homeschooling their child or children, they often have a lot of questions. Here are some of these top questions (and their answers) asked by those expressing curiosity and concerns about homeschooling.1. Will my child receive proper socialization if I homeschool?The answer is yes - if parents put in a little effort. In a traditional school setting, parents send their kids off each day and hear about their new friends. For a homeschooled child, the parents take an active role. Socialization may take several forms for the homeschooled child -...

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