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A Welcome to Homeschooling Guide for Families
Since opening Time4Learning in 2004, we’ve spoken with thousands of parents who choose homeschooling for many different reasons. And regardless of the circumstances that led them there, we’ve observed that they all have at least one thing in common: they want what’s best for their children.
If you are just entering the world of homeschooling, you’re probably feeling a little exhilarated, a bit unsure, and somewhat overwhelmed. You are not alone! It’s perfectly normal for new homeschoolers to feel this way at the beginning. It’s also normal to have an endless list of questions about the do’s, dont’s and how-to’s of homeschooling.
As a growing number of new homeschoolers called Time4Learning asking “how do I start?” it became clear that the question had not been answered elsewhere. Instead, parents were being bombarded with an endless array of curriculum descriptions, methodologies and wildly-enthusiastic websites offering information that doesn’t make sense without a working knowledge of the basics.
Time4Learning has a dynamic group of families who help us stay in touch with the wants and needs of the homeschool community. We listen, learn, and collaborate with our members on projects intended to improve the homeschool experience. This guide is one example of many tools we’ve built, based on that collaboration.
Some Additional Tools and Resources
The “Welcome to Homeschooling Guide” is just one of many resources Time4Learning offers. Parents also find information on these pages to be useful:
Curriculum Lesson Plans – An overview of what’s available for each grade and subject.
Homeschool Portfolio Information – Answers common questions about homeschool portfolios and evaluations. It includes tips on organization methods, what to include and how Time4Learning can be used as part of your homeschool portfolio.
Online Parent’s Forum – Reach out to homeschoolers in your area, join discussions, ask questions and trade ideas on our online community of homeschooling parents. Having the support of seasoned homeschoolers can really help make your homeschooling journey a success.
Hints & Help Section – Whether you’re new to Time4Learning, a long term member, or a future member with questions about how the program works, this section answers questions about navigation, lesson planning & previewing, how the teacher guides and worksheets work, and more!