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What Teaching Materials Should I Use?

Packaged Curricula is expensive, but learning is free!

Cathy Duffy Reviews
Our local Hastings has a copy of Cathy Duffy's big green book "100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum."  If they don't have it in stock, please tell them to order it!  

Homeschool Classifieds - Used homeschool curriculum, events, activities...

A Day in the Life of a few Texas  Home school Families: BLOGS!

Tailor Made

Topsy Turvy Toile

Life Nurturing Education - I hope you find encouragement in my reflections about biblical principles, family life, and home education.

Making Our Dream Life Happen

Learning in Freedom There is a difference between "learning" and "school."  I try to share examples, observations, and even my regrets as we focus on the learning in our home "school."

The Natural Noggin - Discipleship Schooling: A Christian, non-radical approach to unschooling

Keep the Way - I have a passion for instilling a love of learning in my children, creating fun unit studies and encouraging Moms to experience Joy in the Ministry of Motherhood!

Spirittibee - I'm a Christian Homeschooling Mom who likes to spend free time thinking through my fingers on the keyboard.

Life on the Hilltop - The Hilltop Academy Blog written by Tricia, General Director of Chao

HOMESCHOOL VICTORIA (Trip to The University of Texas' Open House in Austin, Texas)

Texas Homeschool Legalities:

Teaching your child at home is legal in all 50 states!  The legal details vary from state to state but in Texas a homeschool is recognized legally as a private school so your child would be exempt from compulsory attendance laws according to Leeper vs. Arlington I.S.D. 

“It is, therefore, ordered, adjudged and decreed that a school-age child residing in the State of Texas who is pursuing under the direction of a parent or parents or one standing in parental authority in or through the child's home in a bona fide (good faith, not a sham or subterfuge) manner a curriculum consisting of books, workbooks, other written materials, including that which appears on an electronic screen of either a computer or video tape monitor, or any combination of the preceding from either (1) of a private or parochial school which exists apart from the child's home or (2) which has been developed or obtained from any source, said curriculum designed to meet basic education goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and a study of good citizenship, is in attendance upon a private or parochial school within the meaning of Section 21.033(a)(1) of the Texas Education Code and exempt from the requirements of compulsory attendance at a public school….”

For more details about legalities visit Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) 

How to begin

Don't worry about jumping right into a curriculum after withdrawing your child from public school.  Many people recommend "De schooling,"  taking a break to find what will work best for you and your child, while letting the child rediscover that natural curiosity with which children were created.  (much more information at this site - "deschooling" was just MY emphasis) Texas Home Educators getting started

What about Socialization?

Humans are social creatures and we desire to connect and to be with others.  Do we need to be in a room full of people our own age in order to learn to be sociable?  Are peers the best way to learn positive socialization skills, manners, or character?  Is the playground the best way to develop character in children?  There is a difference between positive and negative socialization.  There is also a difference between quality and quantity when it comes to socialization.  When people use the “S” word, I tell them that we homeschool to avoid negative socialization.

We Don't Believe in Socialization from TnHomeEd.com

Research on Homeschooling Socialization (Learn in Freedom!)

Homeschool 911:

If you feel you need legal advice please call Texas Home School Coalition


Articles for New Homeschoolers:

Beginning to Home school by Christine Webb by way of Best Homeschooling

Common Objections to Homeschooling by John Holt answers concerns about academics, socialization, and even ‘how will they fit in?”  (from The Natural Child Project)

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

A to Z Home's Cool (Home school)
Homeschooling Web Site  Bookmark this site!  Visit the A2Z Yahoo! Group - a world-wide homeschool support and information list.

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