This is a great site to connect with other homeschoolers and to get the information you need to get started. This is one of those instances of do as I say not as I did, As a new homeschooler you know you need curriculum your children will like to learn from and yes these will usually change quite often. Don't go out and buy just anything to get you started, stop and think about what you want your home library to have in it. If you do this now you might not be selling boxes of books that were not used much at a book sale in a few years! Or you might still be doing that if you are addicted to books like me. Then after you go to the library and online look for homeschool groups in your area. You can find them in yahoo groups, googling homeschoolers in your area,going to the library during a weekday,if you see school age kids there during that time chances are they are homeschoolers and you can strike up a conversation with the parents. Most groups get together for play days,field trips,parties and classes the parents teach.Most are religious based but more and more parents are looking for secular groups and when they don't find any they create their own like we did. Also there are tons of homeschool blogs that give parents great information!(like me)
So #1 is not to panic, this will work but probably not in any fashion you ever imianged.
2. Try and find a family who has been doing this a few years to get you thru the tough times, you know when little Tom wants to do his math behind the couch instead of at the wonderful desk you have for him or Katie wants to watch documentaries on dinosaurs all day instead of writing sentences.
3. Know that EVERY year (if not every day)you will swear to yourself and your kids that this is not working and they are going back to school!
4. Listen, you might not think your kids are learning much but when you see them kick their dad's butt when playing Planet Earth because they did watch all those documentaries you know you're on the right track.
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Be kind to yourself and your kids, there is a learning curve to this that will never straighten out and change is the name of the game.
I hope everyone has a wonderful fun year!