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Homeschooling can seem like a bit of a minefield - especially in the beginning. We all need help from time to time. So this is a place where you can see the questions that other homeschoolers have asked - and read the answers!

Frequently Asked Homeschool Questions

  1. What are the benefits of homeschooling?

  2. What about socialization?

  3. How do I start homeschooling my child?

  4. Should I be deschooling?

  5. How do I make a schedule?

  6. How do I deal with problems?

  7. How can I inspire my child to love learning?

Still not got your question answered? Check out my other readers questions .....or ask your own below!

Disclaimer : I am not a homeschooling expert - just a mom who has homeschooled her kids for the last 7 years, and has got a bit of additional research and knowledge under her belt. I am more than happy to try to help you out, but the answers I give are just my opinion. They are not intended to replace professional or legal advice - and acting on my answers is your own responsibility.

Update Feb 2012
Sorry everyone, but I am struggling to find the time to answer everyone's questions by email. Please now ask your question on the Facebook Page or email me and I will ask there for you anonymously.

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Homeschooling a Physically Active Child 
Question This is my first year homeschooling our youngest child. (Due to careers and circumstance, our older children were public-schooled, and have …

ADD, Parent and child! 
Question I am a mom of 4 kids, ages 2-11. Just this year I decided to keep my 10 and 11 year old daughters home and homeschool. My 10 year old …

Son with cancer: Can we tie all the hospital time to a project? 
My son is almost nine and is going through chemotherapy for lymphoma. We spend most of our time at the hospital right now. We stopped formal homeschool …

Homeschool Curriculum Crisis - Interest led or Exams? 
Question Hi, My name is Anna I love your website and find it very helpful. I have a small crisis and am wondering whether you could offer some advice...? …

Where can I meet other Home Schoolers 
Question Hi I've been home ed for three months and so far have not met any other homeschoolers in my area. I would like the oppertunity to meet …

Homeschooling with Autism and Separation Anxiety 
Question Hi, I am looking at homeschooling. I have always wanted to but my husband has never been for it. Just lately things have been awful at the kids …

Help. How do I know if my 6 year old homeschooled daughter is on track? 
Question I just started kindergarten homeschooling this past 2010-2011. It is my first time and I have no clue. I just grabbed some books and taught …

How can I help my son catch up? 
Question : My son was out of school for the last quarter of this year. Due to his papa my Dad had a stroke and a heart attack he was on life support …

Help! How can I convince my husband to homeschool? 
Hi Julie I LOVE your site and follow you on FB too... Now it's my turn to ask you a question, well, an advice. I am home educating (more unschooling, …

Should I start homeschooling? 
Question I am a teacher although I am currently a Stay at home mom. My oldest child is in Kindergarten and I have been so unhappy with the school. …

Really Free Homeschooling - is it possible? 
Question I would love to start homeschooling my four kids, ages 5 to 11, however, we are very dependent on the daily free hot lunches the children …

Homeschooling for Kindergarten 
Question My son just turned 5 April 12th this year. I have been working with him for quite some time now and I am not sure I have taught him everything …

Help me to homeschool my toddler. 
Question i want to teach my 2 year old son at home. i have taught him all the basics like alphabets, numbers, colors, planets, animals, birds using …

Curriculum is boring my daughter to tears! Help! 
Question I started homeschooling my daughter this year after pulling her out of a public school mid-year. She is currently in sixth grade. I also am …

Help - How do I teach her to think? 
Question: hi, I home school my eight year old niece. she is an average student and quite often has to be pushed in the right direction to finish …

Help with Homeschool Reading Headache!! 
Question Hi I have 5 children - (1st), a 10 years old daughter, (2nd)a 6 years old daughter, (3rd/4th)a pair of twins (age 5) and (5th) a 19 months …

Homeschooling for Matric in South Africa 
I am doing matric this year and I want to know if I can start doing homeschool now. The only problem I can think of doing homeschool is that I can get …

How can I get my child motivated in her Homeschool lessons? 
I am having trouble getting my child interested in her lessons? She is in middle school this year and she also skipped a grade. I am having trouble …

Does learning have to be hard work? 
I have three children, aged 4, 6 and 11. They are currently all going to a Waldorf (Rudolf Steiner) school. Our 11 year old is having a hard time …

Fun learning with dyslexia 
I am homeschooling my eight year old son who has dyslexia and adhd. Seems like all I ever do is worry about how to help him get ahead . I would love …

Homeschooling Help with Teachability 
I am not as worried about curriculum or ability to homeschool as I am my child's teachability. Others tell me it will work itself out in time, but …

Mother of ten trying to homeschool HELP!!!!! 
I decided to home-school this year because I felt that my children are not learning what they need to learn in school. I found that it is very challenging …

Help Me. Homeschooling Stress in AZ 
I am home schooling my son. He is 9. My sister is helping me, however she took what I had in place and said he needed a curriculum, which is OK. However …

Help! Can I homeschool my epileptic daughter in Carmarthen, Wales? 
Hi, I am 30 years old and have an epileptic 11 year old daughter. She is not really behind in her work at all. My concern is her safety - she doesn't …

Help! Homeschooling with Toddlers 
I am a mother of 4 children. My eldest son 10 1/2 will be starting year 6 in september, my second son L. is the child I homeschool and I also have …

Do I need to de-register my child to home educate? 
Do I need to de-register my 3 year old (soon to be 4) if I want to home educate him? He is supposed to start school in the UK in September but is …

Home Education Subjects 
I have contacted you twice now regarding home education and I STILL have not plucked up the courage to take my kids out of school. This week my kids …

Question about Homeschooling and Socialization 
Hi, I am thinking about homeschooling this coming School season.. The concern I have is lack of friendship . We live out in the country where there …

Homeschooling a preschooler 
I am considering homeschooling. I have a daughter that is almost 3 and talks up a storm. She is ready to learn. The doctors tell me she is extremely …

Homeschooling High School with ADD 
Question I will be homeschooling my 15 year old. He has ADD, I feel like I can be the best teacher for him, because I know his likes and dislikes and …

Worried about Starting Homeschooling 
Question Hi, I am a 38 year old mother of two (7yrs and coming up to 5yrs). Both girls enjoy school once they come out but they never seem happy …

Help to Start Homeschooling Please 
Question Hi my name is cathy i am trying to figure help my older sister with some questions about homeschooling i have no idea as to where to start …

Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions 
Question I am a mother of three great kids ages 13, 10 and 7. During the 2010 - 2011 school year, my 13 and 10 year old were enrolled in public …

What should I have my 8 yo son doing while I´m working? 
We are just starting to homeschool our 8 year old son. I run a social arts project in my home(in rural Guatemala) and my husband is a builder with …

How to Start Homeschooling in UK 
Question Hi just withdrawn my 12 year old from high school uk will the local authority get in touch? and if so what will thay want us to do and where …

I'm a Teen Mum - How can I Homeschool? 
Question I'm 16 and with my husband, of whom is 20 and currently studying at university. I have chosen to complete my A-levels and put my daughter …

What Steps Do I Have to Take to Homeschool? 
Question I want to start homeschooling my children they are already in school but I would rather them be at home with me, I do like to plan so I think …

Single, full time working mom trying to homeschool 
Hello, I need to get some advice on this subject from someone who can be nuetral. I am a single mother who has a 12 daughter. I can't keep up on her …

Temporary Homeschooling While Moving 
I was wondering if you could tell me if it's possible to temporarily home school my kids? We are moving and there is only 2 months left in the school …

How to Start Homeschooling in North Carolina 
I have a 5 year old daughter, a 3yr old son and a 2yr old daughter. Im looking to start my 5 yr old this year and I dont have a clue where to register …

How do I Start Homschooling in Iowa 
Question My son is in 4th grade and really struggles with friends and I dont like the public school system. I want to homeschool my kids but dont …

How, Where and When to Start Homeschooling 11 Year Old 
Where do I start.... how do I know what subjects to teach them and do I get the books from somewhere that tells and shows me how to teach them. Do I get …

Can I work and homeschool? 
I work 4 days a week for secular employment, am married (my husband works full-time). Would it be possible to homeschool my 7 & 8 year old children? …

Help! How can I convince my parents to Homeschool me? 
I want to be homeschooled but my parents won't let me. I live in costa rica in central america and my father is an expat. I have no problems with …

Should I homeschool? 
I recently married and inherited a stepdaughter. She is 13, constantly skips school, moans she's stupid and hates school. So we are thinking of home …

Homeschooling High School for Luxembourg Help 
Hi I have two girls doing high school in Luxembourg / Europe and I wonder if is possible for them to finish their studies by following the homeschool …

Help Homeschooling 14 year old in UK 
hi I,m home educating my daughter who is 14. I don,t really know what she should be doing at this age as there is not alot of suuport from anywhere so …

Help - Homeschooling my 5 years old Son with Cerebral Palsy 
I have three children 18/13 and 5years old. His name is Gabriel. He was born with left hemiplegia (genetic disorder). I sent him to school for the earlychild …

Homeschooling in Missouri - Help with Laws 
Hello, I am planning on homeschooling my son as soon as possible. We just moved from San Diego to Missouri and we are now moving to another city...I …

Help with flexi-schooling 
I want to homeschool my 5 year old daughter for one day a week. The school has no objection and gave me a form to fill in (Steiner school). But do …

How to start homeschooling a 14year old 
Where would I go to find out info to start homeschooling my 14 year old child? Thanks for your question. You don't say where you live, …

Homeschooling 16yo Teenager Help 
I have a 16 year old daughter who is pregnant. Her school does not work with her at all with morning sickness. I am going to enroll her in an Educational …

Homeschooling a 3 1/2 yr old  
Hi, I am just looking for some ideas for about a year. I work full time but would like to help my son out by teaching him some things before he starts …


Deschooling Question
How does one "deschool" when the state requires proof of "credentials" (attendance & grades) at the end of a school year? Please help!!

A question on how to have a great homeschool schedule for 3 kids
Hi, I wrote a couple of months ago on how this site was amazing and I still think it is. However, I am having trouble making a schedule for me and ...


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