cancer victims need home schooling materials?

Is there someone who could help me find the proper home schooling materials that are credited, for a 6th grader and a 9th grader both are in remission, but are behind in school. Please help if you can. Thank you

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Here are three good websites to get some basic information from. This first one is for an organization I belong to. The website is free to the public. It is loaded with homeschooling info. It also has direct links to Texas homeschooling organizations and Texas homeschooling laws. Browse at your leisure. http://www.hslda.org/Default.asp?bhcp=1 The next web site sells homeschool supplies, but they have a very helpful sections that briefly describes the major methods of homeschooling. I think you’ll find it interesting and useful reading. I hope you like reading because you are probably going to do a good bit of it over the next few years. http://www.homeschoolmarketplace.com/

Another good source of information is the catalog from Rainbow Resource Center, Inc. Here is their web site, so you can request a catalog: http://www.rainbowresource.com

I am going to go ahead and STRONGLY urge you to find a local homeschooling group and join them. You will almost certainly get a warm welcome. Also the advice you can get from people face to face, who have been there done that, can be worth 20 books.

There are three main types of books I want to suggest to you to start with. I have pre-screened these for you, but you should go to Amazon and read the customer reviews of each book and choose the one in each group you prefer. For goodness sake don’t try to buy or read them all, just choose one from each group that interest you. The library will no doubt have some of them, but you’ll probably flip through them often enough to justify the purchase. Also, you should plan on you and your boys doing

1-2 weeks of research and preparation before beginning actual studies.

The first group are “general homeschool reference books”. These books cover all ages of homeschooling. They give brief review of legal issues, how-to information, source and curricula references, organization and web-site contact information. They often have sections containing personal stories from homeschooling parents and/or students. They of course report the benefits of homeschooling, but they also tell about potential problems and drawbacks. Buying one of these would be handy, as you’ll go back to it for reference periodically.

Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

First Year of Homeschooling Your Child

Homeschooling for Success

Homeschooling for Dummies

Since one of the boys is high school age, I’d recommend a second group are “high school homeschooling books”. These books are very similar to the general reference books listed above, but they have a deeper focus on the unique issues involved in homeschooling through high school. You will need one of these.

Homeschooling the Teen Years

Homeschooling the High Schooler

Home-Designed High School

Homeschooling High School (Note this has a heavy college prep focus)

Homeschool, High School & Beyond (This book is excellent for students who want maximum input into their education.)

The third group of books are “college and career exploration books”. One of these is perhaps the most important and first book you AND your oldest boy should buy and read. One of the failures of public schools is that most students leave them with no clear idea of what their true talents are, or of how they could use them to earn a living. These books will help your boy figure out what he is good at and what type of career his talents can be used in. Before spending a bunch of money on a curriculum, it would be a good idea for you and the boy have gone through one of the following books.

Young Person’s Occupational Outlook Handbook

Turning In to My Future

The World of Work and You

College Majors and Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning

Discover What You’re Best At

Occupational Outlook Handbook, and Occupational Outlook Activities Book

After you have an idea of what to prepare for, read one of the high school or general homeschooling books. You’ll get an idea of what type of homeschool approach or method you’re interested in that matches their abilities and goals. Then, you will need to get a book on the method(s) you’re most interested in. You may want to blend two methods together. After you understand the method, then you can actually start buying curriculum materials and start their education.

You’ll notice that in homeschooling there is a great focus on the child’s individual needs, interest, abilities and goals. In homeschooling the child actively pursues their education, whereas in public school the child passively receives an education. You may want to share this with the boys (especially the oldest) and have them take the lead in looking these things up. At their age they need to be willing to be a partner with you in homeschooling.

If it takes you awhile to go through these things, that is OK. A week or two to think about what you are going to do for the next 5-6 year