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Middle school homeschoolers should be well on their way to being independent workers. During the elementary years it was normal to sit down with your children and help them through their school work from start to finish. Now that your children are maturing you need to teach them how to work alone and to search for their own answers. While you should not completely “check out” you should start expecting your middle school children to take responsibility for schoolwork. Learning how to do their own research is part of that responsibility. After you have taught the new lessons and discussed the information with your middle schoolers, provide an assignment sheet. Encourage them to tackle their work on their own while you go about other activities in the home.