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Beginning the Homeschool Journey
Volume 118, Program 35
1/24/2013
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While starting and running a homeschool can be an incredibly rewarding yet daunting task, educational resources and a community of other homeschoolers can help make it easier. Tune in to Home School Heartbeat today, as guest Monica Olivera shares advice for Latino families about to start the homeschool journey for themselves.

Mike Smith:
Everyone faces their own unique challenges when they begin to homeschool. Monica, do you have any tips for Latinos who are just beginning to homeschool or are thinking about homeschooling?

Monica Olivera:
Definitely. I think, depending on how you’re going about homeschooling, one of the best tips that I received from a local homeschooler was to buy a curriculum, and because I did not come from an education background, I had never taught children. That really helped me tremendously in terms of timing and understanding that what my own child, ability, the amount of time that they have to focus on something; it really helped me how to pace and schedule our school day, so I definitely encourage parents to purchase a complete curriculum. However, I know a lot of parents are looking, or, Latino parents specifically, are looking for bilingual curriculum, and it’s hard to find. So, in some ways they can visit my site, and there are a lot of suggestions on there as to how they can incorporate both Spanish and English resources as they begin their homeschooling journey.

Mike:
Well, Monica, I know many families will appreciate your advice, and I hope our listeners will check out your blog, MommyMaestra. Thank you so much for being with us this week! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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