Every year, as I get ready to plan our upcoming school year, I begin to receive an influx of phone calls and e-mails. Some are from new homeschoolers who don't know where to start; others are from homeschoolers new to the area who are trying to connect with other Catholic homeschoolers in the area; and there are also the seasoned homeschoolers who are entering the middle school or high school years for the first time and suddenly don't know how to proceed.
I am certainly no expert. And there is really no one way to homeschool-- that's the best thing about it! Here in Texas, we have full control of our children's homeschool education, which makes it really easy. But I do remember what it was like when I was just starting out. After doing this for twelve years, I've learned some things I wish I had known as I entered the different stages of homeschooling. Here is a list of my top 10:
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