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3 Tips For New LDS Homeschoolers

If you’ve decided that an LDS homeschooling experience is the right choice for your children, you’re in good company. Many LDS families find that the best way to provide their children with a high quality education that reflects their values and the LDS teachings is to provide that education at home, or in a cooperative setting with other like-minded families. However, organizing a homeschool and putting together the resources that you need to teach your children can be an intimidating undertaking. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Build a Diverse Book Collection

Not everything has to come out of books specifically designed for homeschoolers. While there are some great homeschool curricula available, it’s always a good idea to supplement with books that are of interest to your children and your family. The more your children read, the more they’ll learn and grow, even if not every book is specifically a text book or neatly fits a lesson plan.

To develop an interesting and diverse library for your children, don’t limit yourself only to books that are popular at the moment. Find a good source for rare, collectible, or out of print LDS books. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find a local book store that specializes in those kinds of titles, but if not, look for a good book sale website that offers more than just the currently popular fare.

Connect With the Community

It’s never more important to have close connections with your local spiritual community than it is when you’re homeschooling. You simply cannot provide for every single one of your child’s educational needs on your own. They need to socialize with other children and be active, and they need to participate in group activities and competitions with children other than their own siblings. You may also find eventually that there are subjects that you dislike teaching or that are beyond you, and you will need the help of other adults who share your values and are interested in teaching your children.

Reach out to other homeschoolers and LDS members in your local area. It’s likely that there’s a homeschooling group or cooperative in place in your area that offers regular chances to meet, participate, and share teaching duties. If you can’t find one, though, consider starting your own. It may be that there are others searching for the same thing, and they’re just in need of a leader. Be prepared to take the initiative for your children’s sakes.

Homeschooling is definitely an large and important undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may be imagining. With the right resources and with help from your own community, you can create a nurturing homeschool and provide a high quality education for your own children. 

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