Question:Ive decided to homeschool my daughter, I have no idea where to start, what to buy etc. She is in 7th grade and I need to start ASAP!

First, take 10 deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth). If you are taking her out of public school, she will need some time to "decompress" before you start homeschooling her, so don't feel like you need to start when the public schools start.

Now, you need to find a local homeschool support group. HSLDA has a very brief list for each state. You should be able to find at least a state organization on their website and then, from the state org's. website, a local group. Or, do what another poster said and do a search in Yahoo! Groups for "(your city/town) homeschool". I'm sure you'll find something.

You will have lots and lots of questions, so having someone local you can call on will be a BIG help. Local groups are also good for helping with curriculum choices. Once you narrow your choices, you can ask to borrow materials to try them out before you buy them (my boys are 5 years apart, so I have tons of stuff collecting dust on the shelf until the younger one is ready for it - I happily loan it to others to "preview").

More advantages to local contacts: accurate info about dealing with the local school, info about extracurricular programs and field trips, mom's night out (I love this one!), curriculum reviews/sharing, ... As you can see, having local contacts is a big help. Now, take 10 more deep breaths and go find that group! You can do this!
the library lots of books education dept in your state can help or check into some programs in your area
Call number 371 in the library is the section where you will find the most homeschooling books. There is no huge rush, so bring her home, and start learning what you need. In the meantime, reach out to to find out the laws in your state. If I were you I'd also look into local homeschool groups, talking to real, live experienced homeschoolers is the best way to go.

Good luck.
WoW stop emidiatly my mum is a teacher trust me unless IT IS A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT HOMESCHOOL sorry about that but first tell me why you need to homeschool in more detail we mite be able to help yes there are meny educationl book ina local libery or instore BUT YOU WILL FIND THAT SCHOOL IT SELF IS PART OF LERNING PLS FOR YOU DAUGTERS SAKE DONT DO IT PLUS YOUR TEARING HERE away from friends possible and when shes at home its alot diffrent its almost like being able to slak off. remember (who are we to say were dreams end and reality begins)
Definitely the library. Ask at local bookstores. Try a Christian and Office Supply store, like Mardel's. Ask some of the local churches whether any of their members homeschool their children. If you contact them you may find an existing support group, or at least several people willing to let you pick their brains and offer suggestions. Try Googling 'homeschool'.
Under Yahoo groups type in your city or state and "homeschool" or "homeschooling" to find local homeschoolers in your area. If you live near any town of decent size, there's probably quite a few. Attend some get-togethers and talk to some of the other parents about resources in the area.

It's really easy in the beginning to go overboard and buy too much. You'd be hard pressed to find a homeschooler who hasn't wasted time and money (usually lots of money) on things they never use. Don't rush into re-creating public school at home. If public school had worked, you wouldn't be homeschooling. Chances are you and your daughter both need time to "deschool" (google it and you'll be linked to lots of articles on the subject).

For the time being, let your daughter pursue some of her interests. For instance, if she likes horses help her to find some fiction and non-fiction books at the library, find a local stable that she can volunteer at, look up horse breeds on-line, have her look up and compare prices of horses for sale in the paper - you get the idea.

There are unlimited learning opportunities available that cost little or no money. Take advantage of these while you're figuring out what would work best (though many families do ALL of their schooling this way!)
online schooling the parent doesn't have to do anything and its a better education than in a public school
1st thing calm down i have some homeschool frinds and none of them are starting until september or mid september,when i was homeschooled for a couple of years my mom was very strict on schedule but thats the beauty of homeschool u can calm down and take a deep breath and listen to wat everyone else says about where u can get the books cuz i have no idea of that =) have fun and enjoy it !!
I would suggest that you begin with your state homeschooling organization. They can give you the most accurate picture of how the home schooling laws work in your state. I would also suggest that you look for a local homeschool group which will provide you with the opportunity to ask the advice of people who are experienced home schoolers and understand the local attitudes toward and needs of home schooling families in your area.
Well there's complete School in a Box

There is cherry picking from the varieties.

There is Cable TV and PBS, Science, Discovery, History

There is unschooling, practical hobbies such as astronomy, biology, botany, computer programming, photography and darkroom.

English grammar and literature has to be ongoing

History, poltics and georaphy has to be ongoing.

General science and advanced science such as Biology, Math Chemistry and Math Physics has to be ongoing.

Math through trig has to be on going.
First off, don't be in such a rush. There are about 365 days in a year and most states only require about 180 days of "school", so you have time to do this, even if you start a little a late.

I would love to just run off a list of what you should do, but I don't know where your daughter is academically.

Some General recommendations assuming your daughter is not drastically behind in any subject:

Math-- Saxon 8/7 3rd edition. Be sure to pick the 3rd edition, the earlier editions don't provide any prealgebra work, 3rd edition reviews all arithmetic and then moves into prealgebra.)

Language Arts-- Lighting Literature from Hewitt Homeschooling resources, along separate grammar work, (such as the Winston Grammar Program).

Science-- Apologia General Science

History/Social Studies-- Pick whatever you like best, Hewitt Homeschooling resources has some great ones, as does A Beka. If this is a subject you just want to get done as easily as possible, try Switched ON Schoolhouse from Alpha Omega.

Other subjects, just browse homeschool catalogs and pick what you like. Actually, even the things I recommended above might not work as well for you as they do for me, everyone is different. They might give you a starting point though.

Hewitt homeschooling resources:

Alpha Omega:

A Beka:

Saxon Math is available from Hewitt.

A lot of other resources are available from:
I would recommend a curriculum until you are more familiar with what you want to do differently. Bob Jones Press and Abeka are too that I am familiar with that are good. They are Christian curriculums, though. Don't know if you want that or not. Do a search of homeschool curriculum on yahoo and jsut investigate the different sites and curriculum. Then order what you want. Try e-bay to get some of the books cheaper after you decide on what you want.

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