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Homeschooling can feel overwhelming, especially at first, When I started homeschooling, I didn't know the first step to take. I didn't know what the law was, or how to do the required paperwork, or how to choose a curriculum (or how to create one), or how to find sports and group activities for my son. It took me a month to find NYCHEA because it wasn't listed under the word homeschooling, and then, slowly, with the help of a wonderful support group, I found my way. Over the past ten years I have sorted through the advice of teachers, parents and friends, and now, through the miracle of hindsight, I feel that I know just what the right steps are to take. I hope that this list will help others who are just starting down this path

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1.Know the law.
2.Find a support group.
3.Find and create group activities.
4.Investigate your child's interests and personality (learning style).
5.Investigate your interests and personality (teaching style).
6.Research this website, the library, and the Internet for teaching ideas, lesson plans, textbooks and resources based on your and your child's interests.
7.Investigate distance and correspondence curricula and online courses and research the library and the Internet to enrich any curriculum and make it come to life.
8.Find local opportunities for experiential learning. Use your environment!
9.Create record-keeping in order to comply with legal requirements and also to make transcripts and resumes easier to compile when they are needed.
10.Create an exciting learning experience that is an ongoing education that will last beyond the schooling years!