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Q: Due to difficulties with a teacher, I'm considering homeschooling my third-grader and then returning him to school for fourth grade.
A: Homeschooling sounds like a good option for your son. I've known parents who also decided to try homeschooling for one year. They were so pleased with their child's progress and their new lifestyle, they decided to continue homeschooling through high-school!
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but laws vary greatly from state to state. The first step is for you to know and understand the legal requirements for homeschooling where you live. Next, notify your school, in writing, that your son will not be returning to his classes. You might also want to contact a homeschool support or resource group in your area. Besides being a good source of information for legal or support issues, a homeschool group also provide opportunities for your son to meet other kids who homeschool.
There are many good books on homeschooling, and I suggest that you read at least one. The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeschooling by Marsha Ransom are both very helpful. Be sure to visit our How to Homeschool information center for more resources and advice. Good luck!
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Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to FamilyEducation.com, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.