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Seven Ways the Internet Can Help with Homeschooling

Sep 6, 2007
Homeschooling and the Internet - many consider the two to be a match made in heaven. In fact, those who homeschool would be hard pressed to do so without the Internet. The following seven ways explain how to use the Internet with homeschooling, but there are many more.

1. Find state laws concerning homeschooling. One of the first ways the Internet can help with homeschooling is by giving parents access to homeschool laws for their state. Knowing the laws will prepare homeschool families to meet their state's requirements so they can comply with them.

2. If you're new to homeschooling, you'll most likely need to have support during the year. The Internet is a great place to find support. Not only can you find online homeschooling groups, but your local group will probably use the Internet to communicate, especially if the members are spread out over a large area.

3. Purchasing curriculum is a major undertaking every year. Use the Internet first to research curriculum and compare prices before buying. Besides going to the curriculum manufacturer's websites, look for used curriculum on places such as eBay. If you purchase materials online it will be delivered right to your door instead of having to drive around trying to find it.

4. Once you have your curriculum, you may want to supplement it with handouts, worksheets, and puzzles. These are easily accessible on the Internet. And, most of the materials you find on the Internet are either free, or very inexpensive. Use common search engines like Google, Yahooligans, or Ask Jeeves Kids to find the items you need.

5. Some children are interested in music and would like to learn more about it. Resources found online would be great for this child. Not only can you find free sheet music online for nearly any instrument, you can also learn about the composers who wrote that music. There are even websites that can teach your child how to create music.

6. If your child is looking for specific information about their favorite subject? You can run to the library, or if you have Internet access, your child should be able to find anything they could ever hope to learn online. A couple of good research sites would include Discovery.com, HistoryChannel.com, and PBS.com.

7. Does your child need to learn something that you don't feel comfortable teaching? You could either find out if there are private tutors for that subject in your area, or you may be able to find an online tutorial.

As you can see, the Internet can be extremely useful if you homeschool. These seven ideas for using the Internet are not exhaustive. All it takes is a little bit of imagination and you'll be able to find other ways that you can use it, as well. Take some time, do some searching, and you'll see that homeschooling and the Internet are indeed a match made in heaven.
About the Author
Jane Saeman runs an In-Home Tutoring service called Aim High Tutors. Find out about how to help your student reach their full potential at http://www.aimhightutors.com/blog
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