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31 Days: Beginning Homeschooling 101

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It’s October, and that means it is time for a really big challenge: a new 31 Days series. Last year I spent October sharing with you my journey into Naturally Frugal living. I shared recipes, tricks and tutorials on things I’d been learning over the year. When it came time to plan out this year’s series, I decided to once again reach into a subject that I myself am still learning: Homeschooling.

Let me start this series by saying unequivocally that I am NOT a homeschooling expert. I’ve been homeschooling my kids for a grand total of seven weeks. I am still learning new things every single day! So please, do not hear me say I am some sort of expert, because I have a lot to learn still. However, I am well acquainted with the sheer terror, the confusion and the totally overwhelming feelings that come with deciding to homeschool your kids. There are a zillion and one questions floating through your mind. Your parents, your friends, your spouse and even total strangers all have opinions on what you should or shouldn’t do. Friends who homeschool are sending you dozens of links and resources, and it all just piles on top of the complete terror you feel in the pit of your stomach.

Oh yes, I know that feeling well.

So my goal over the next 31 days is not to compile some sort of exhaustive, know-it-all encyclopedia of homeschooling information. Instead, I’d like to simplify it for you. I’d like to walk with you through the basics, the building blocks you need to know before you begin. I want to help you find the resources to answer your questions, and help sort through all the noise out there so you can start on your journey with a bit of confidence. We seek to simplify life here at InGodsEconomy, but lets face it: homeschooling is the definition of chaos. Hopefully I can help you by sorting through the piles of information out there and boiling it down to clear basics, so you can make some clear choices and begin your journey.

If you have questions you’d like to have answered, send them my way! I have been a researching fool the past five months, and I’d love to see if I can’t find answers for you. Or, at least find someone else who can answer them for you if I can’t.

Week One: Basic styles in homeschooling

Week Two: Setting up a classroom and scheduling

Week Three: Creative (and FREE!) Homeschooling Resources

Week Four: Problems You’ll Face

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