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Homeschooling 101: getting started

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Palm Springs offers some great public and private school options, but another alternative is also on the rise. Homeschooling is becoming more and more common these days as stories of violence in schools pepper the nightly news. If you are a parent considering homeschooling, here are some things to consider.

Curriculum choices available today give the option to really get the most from your homeschooling experience. Understanding how your child process's information is the perfect starting point. There are the traditional methods, much like those taught in the regular school system, but you can also customize the curriculum to be more art based if your child tends to learn best with an art slant to the lessons. Or, if your child learns best through the use of stories, there are also literature focused lesson options.

Knowledge is power and the internet is a gold-mine for researching homeschooling options. Here in Riverside County, there are a few online resources you can comb through. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The homeschooling websites are there to help you make an informed decision and what better place to find people that have once been where you are now than to scour through the many great websites focused on learning the homeschooling ropes.

Network with your neighbors. Get the word out that you are considering homeschooling. Homeschooling is not near as taboo as it was five or ten years ago, so you might be surprised to connect with someone else in your own neighborhood that is also considering this rewarding education option.

Consider reviewing the California rules and regulations before investing in a homeschooling curriculum. There is a cost involved when it comes to homeschooling, but your choice of curriculum plays a huge role in determining those costs. Familiarize yourself with the current regulations set in place by the state in order to best determine what your viable options are.

Getting started is the hardest step, but choosing to home school your child or children can be a very rewarding experience for both you and your family.



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