Many people let the disadvantages of homeschooling keep them from even entertaining the idea of homeschooling their children. There will be advantages and disadvantages to anything you do in life. Parents have a choice of whether they want to give in to the disadvantages or work to overcome them. Here are a few disadvantages that I see when it comes to homeschooling:1. Others might criticize you. Homeschooling is a hot topic these days and many people have strong opinions on whether it is right or wrong for students. A parent can choose to give in to this peer pressure or they can look at what is best for their child instead. In many cases homeschooling is what is best for a student and if parents keep that in focus, they will be able to let the criticism from others roll off their backs. No one else will have to answer for what a parent chooses as their child’s education except the parent.2. Housework might be more difficult. If a parent is working with children all day, they might not have as much time to keep up with housework. More people will be in the house making more messes. If the parent understands child training though, they can work at having their children contribute to the household chores and possibly not have as much stress in this area as they think they will have. They won’t have the whole house to themselves all day like public school parents will have, but they will be able to have joy in teaching their children what they need to know in the environment of their choosing.3. Fear and guilt will creep in. So many parents think that they have to have 12 years of schooling mapped out before they start homeschooling. They worry that they are not doing enough or that they are keeping their children from something in the school. All parents deal with fear and guilt no matter whether they are homeschooling or not. The question is what they will do with that fear and guilt. If a parent feels called to homeschool and understands that they will sometimes feel inadequate, they can often overcome those feelings by focusing on their goals and doing what is best for their child.4. No varsity sports – In most states, homeschoolers cannot participate in varsity sports. That is something that each family needs to work through. Most students are not star athletes and can get just as much instruction and physical training from community sports activities, lessons or homeschool group events.As with anything in life, there will be advantages and disadvantages to any educational option parents choose for their children. If they pray and ask God to show them what is best for their children, He will show them what option to choose. The advantages can often far outweigh the disadvantages of homeschooling. Each family can make their decision based on what they believe will be best for their student.
Choosing the right homeshooling for your child is important since it would greatly influence the foundation of intellectual and other aspect of growth for your child. Hence, it is suggested that parents choose only the best and most appropriate homeschooling program for their child.Types of Homeschooling Programs:Deciding on a homeschool program is dependent on the core values that you want to teach your child. You may also include spiritual belief or choose non religious programs in your child homeschool curriculum. Such programs consist of Christian or secular homeschool programs.Besides the spiritual aspect of education, the learning levels of your child is also important. Preschoolers’ homeschool programs evolve around discovery and basic learning skills and ABCs.As for middle schools and high school kids, homeschool program focuses on academics, spiritual, physical education and more. The approach is different in each levels of homeschooling education. What to look for in a good homeschool program Parents should be wise in choosing the best homeschool program for their child.There are various things to consider on deciding for the best program.First is the homeschool program’s quality. Assess if the curriculum they use is world class, cutting edge and uses state of the art education resources.Second, is the availability of the homeschool curriculum. Is it available 24/7?Third, check if the curriculum that they’re offering is State accredited. Are they giving out diploma to graduating students?Fourth, consider your child’s learning styles and your homeschool core values, philosophy and methodologies as well.Finally, make sure that the lessons in the homeschool program are constructed for self teaching. This will permit the child to practice dependency. Look also for a program that is interactive to make the lessons livelier for your child.According to several credited homeschool websites, the following are the best in the field.1. Saxon – part of Harcourt Archieve. Saxon’s Homeschool curriculum edge is on the basic subjects such as Math, phonics and early learning.
2. Center for Living – they provide homeschooling materials to public, private and parochial schools.
3. Curriculum Associates- their material is centered to Reading, language and mathematics. They also offer test preparation, study skills and assessment exams.
4. Bridgeway Academy – provides extensive homeschool programs from kindergarten to high school. They also have biblical world – view curriculum.
5. iQ Academy – award winning, tuition free curriculum for grades 6-12, innovative education approach.
6. ACE Lighthouse Christian Academy- self instructional, educational assistance and accredited diploma
7. Citizens’s High School- accredited high school completion program.
8. Global Student Network – cost effective comprehensive online curriculum.
9. Keystone National High School – accredited, national private school for middle and HS students who want a flexible and customized education.
10. K12 – easy to use, comprehensive and customizable.In summary, parents’ role in their child’s homeschooling education is indeed vital. Having to choose the right program for your kid is a great responsibility. In return, your child’s learning capabilities will greatly develop and improve.
Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered by the heart.Omaha ProverbHomeschooling Curriculum: The Questioning HeartLike me I am sure there have been times when you have held back from asking the question you know you should ask because the answer would not be the one you would want to hear.They are the answers that come from deep within us, the answers we know we ignore at our peril – the answers from the heart.Within education systems worldwide the question being asked by more and more disaffected teachers is:”Am I (the system) failing the children in my care?”Homeschooling Curriculum:Circles Of CompassionFor those committed to homeschooling and the homeschooling curriculum I imagine the temptation is to nod smugly, draw your cloak about yourselves and walk the other way. Please resist the temptation, rather, consider the words of Einstein:”A human being is a part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”If a genuine desire for change exists within our schools then the homeschooling community and the homeschooling curriculum has an opportunity to influence that change. It may at present appear a remote possibility but a possibility it remains, and not as remote as many may think.Homeschooling Curriculum:Can Schools Be Unschooled?The Family Unschoolers Network defines the purpose of unschooling and, by association, the homeschooling curriculum, itself as being:”… to keep alive the spark of curiosity and the natural love of learning with which all children are born.”Isn’t it tragic that many children who start school as naturally enthusiastic learners curious about the world around them eventually become ‘turned off and disenchanted.’The Family Unschooling Network’s’ approach to the homeschooling curriculum is holistic and all-embracing. Learning does not start or end at the school gates. The universe is their classroom where learning is as natural a part of existence as breathing.They touch upon an issue that will resonate with many teachers constrained by the imposed limits of State education where learning has to be bundled and packaged in neat little segments each with artificial time constraints of their own. Many yearn for the days when they were able to pursue a topic that had gripped the children’s interest or imagination to its natural conclusion. Here, for me, lies the starkest contrast between the homeschooling curriculum and that of education systems worldwide.That said, it does seem to leave schools firmly out of the equation, or does it?Hands up if anyone has heard of Wales.Homeschooling Curriculum:The Learning CountryWales is the smallest and least known of the four countries that comprise the United Kingdom. You are more likely to have heard of Wales because of Catherine Zeta Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Tom Jones than for any other reason. But here, in this small principality, a bold educational experiment is taking place.Jane Davidson, the previous Minister for Education, decided to steer a radical course. From 2008 children aged 3 to 5 were no longer compelled to follow a set curriculum instead the guiding principle is ‘play based learning’. The initial response from the education community was positive, but once the euphoria had dissipated people began to ask, “What is the curriculum going to look like?”The minister was clearly determined to implement and extend these changes to embrace all year groups. Enthusiasm is in danger of being replaced by panic.The question being asked is, “Where can we find a model we can adopt?”It would be tragic if this initiative failed through lack of knowledge. Perhaps this is one area where the influence of the homeschooling curriculum can be brought to bear.”Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”Albert SchweitzerHomeschooling Curriculum:Completing The Circle – The Work Of Our HeartsWhen our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us; the doors of our souls fly open, and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.Michael BridgeHomeschooling Curriculum:Lighting A CandleIf you have knowledge let others light their candles by it.Margaret FullerThe time will eventually arrive when the homeschooling community will not only gain universal acceptance but also command universal respect. Where else does such a rich and invaluable knowledge base regarding experiential-based learning exist? Regrettably for Welsh teachers faced with the challenge of a radical new approach to helping children learn the homeschooling community in the UK is but a pale shadow of its American counterpart. One mother expressed very eloquently what homeschooling had taught her:”Unschooling has taught me nothing if not to utilize all available resources and to provide my children with the best available opportunities regardless of their form.” (Life Learning Magazine)Homeschooling Curriculum:Dead DreamsIf a little knowledge is a dangerous thing then the lack of it can prove fatal. Apparently over 90% of internet businesses fail due to lack of knowledge. That’s a lot of dead dreams! How sad if the Welsh initiative failed for the same reason. The question is – if American schools also decided to adopt an experiential play-based learning model, would the homeschooling community be prepared to get alongside and help?Before answering perhaps we need to step back and consider the bigger picture for there is a battle taking place.Homeschooling Curriculum:The Secret WarOn one side stand the forces committed to a centralized education system defined by standardized curricula and driven by a regime of testing and examination that assigns children their specific rank in life. Opposing them are those who believe the child should be central to the process of learning, not merely a passive commuter following pre-planned routes over which he has limited control and little choice.Events in the UK suggest this analogy is not overly dramatic. Disregarding the resentment and outrage it will inevitably provoke, the government has just announced that all schools in England must teach reading using synergetic phonics. This stands in stark contrast to the Welsh model that encourages innovation and diversity. But the battle lines are rarely that clearly defined, and anyway why get drawn into somebody else’s war?Homeschooling Curriculum:Shades Of AchillesAt their hour of direst need the Greeks were denied the presence of their greatest warrior. Achilles remained in his tent and the consequence was the death of his beloved friend Patrocolus. If you believe children are suffering within a system that does not nurture and support the growth of the whole child don’t you have a responsibility to try to influence or change that system for the better?Not every child is ever going to be in the privileged position of being homeschooled and prisons worldwide are full of disaffected casualties and those impacts upon us all. Troy had stood for generations secure behind her mighty walls. The institutionalized bastions of state education probably feel as impregnable and untouchable as did the citizens of Troy. Well, Troy got it wrong.Homeschooling Curriculum:The Heart of the MatterIf seeing is believing then doing is a personal affirmation of that belief. The most powerful means of affecting change is getting alongside someone. Let them observe the work of your hands and if you are committed and passionate they will recognize it as the overflow of your heart. If a strong homeschooling community existed in Wales many head teachers would be making contact and asking families to share the experience of the homeschooling curriculum with their teachers for the benefit of the children in their care. This is not the improbable scenario it initially appears. The irony is that the battle that is raging may soon become irrelevant.
Do you ever get the idea you are all alone in your homeschooling? Finding a support network may make the difference between success and failure in your homeschooling adventure. Unlike the beginnings of contemporary homeschooling, support abounds for homeschooling today. Use those that meet your need today and keep the others in mind for the future.1. Family and Friends – Begin by thinking of those around you that support your endeavors. Having a supporting spouse and other family members provides someone who you can bounce off ideas, asking for suggestions and prayers. In the beginning those individuals may not support you, but seek out someone – closer and then go farther away until you find someone who can be your “homeschool buddies.” Many of those antagonistic family and friends will change their minds when they see your success.2. Internet and Library – Searching on the web or exploring your public library will provide you with a wealth of information. From books like The Basic Steps to Successful Homeschooling by Vicki Brady to actual curriculum materials are at your fingertips. Remember to ask your social media friends about resources they have found.3. Local Meet Up Groups for Homeschoolers – While on the Internet, search for a Meet Up Group for Local Homeschoolers. Some meet up for field trips, for play at a local playground or other activities.4. State Wide Homeschool Groups – By searching for Washington (or whatever you state) Homeschool Groups, you will find the website of a number of organizations. First, take a good look at the websites of these groups. Consider joining one to support the right of all to homeschool. Second, find the homeschool law for your state on this site.5. Local Support Groups — Also, you may find a list of local support groups on the statewide homeschool organization website. These support groups meet for different reasons and around various themes. Some have speakers for parents to hear on different homeschool topics. Others have field trips and activities for the children. Depending on your area, you may have a choice of support group in which you will participate.6. Home School Legal Defense Association – Consider becoming a member of this organization as it will provide you the legal support that you may need at some time in the future. You will also find the homeschooling law for each of the states. http://www.hslda.org7. Classes and Courses for Home Educators – These provide the homeschooling parent the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge to more confidently teach your child or children. Your statewide homeschool group will probably give you information about these courses.8. Cooperative Homeschooling Programs – Some parents have joined together to provide classroom experiences – usually weekly and taught by parents. The cost is kept low because the teachers in coops are the parents. Searching the web will lead you to coops in your area that fit your child and family.9. Testing and Curriculum – Measuring progress, or testing (required by law in many states) will give you guidance in choosing curriculum. Often your statewide homeschool organization provides you a list of test and curriculum providers.10. Extension Programs – Many schools (accredited or not) offer services to homeschoolers – some in person and some online. These programs will usually cost money, but not as much as a private school. You get the best of both worlds by teaching your children in the home while also having the guidance of teachers.Take advantage of all the resources available to homeschoolers today! Succeed!
How do you make kids sit down to learn at home? How do parents teach the higher grades? Won’t homeschoolers miss out on socialization? Will it affect their character and social skills? What if I start homeschooling my child after primary school?Homeschoolers are asked these questions all the time.I wish I could offer a cut-and-dried response to these common queries put to homeschoolers. There isn’t (simply because every home is different) although it’s probably safe to say that there are some commonalities across the board. Also, there are no perfect situations, only opportunities. Parents who educate their own children at home hope and pray their kids will turn out well. The truth is the journey has only just begun. Our homeschooling kids are at different points and milestones along the way, and who they are or what they will become is just unfolding. So we’re all a work-in-progress -parents as well as their children – counted as `saints’ by our heavenly Father, yet saints in the making.I think one of the biggest misconceptions about homeschool is that it is schooling’ that is carried out at home. The image therefore, is of a conventional classroom now scaled down but imported or adapted to the living room or kitchen table. Some parents have the idea that the one-on-one situation with mom as tutor and junior as student is an attractive proposition because, a) there’s going to be a lot of attention given to the student b) there’s going to be a lot more Junior will absorb in the personal tutoring process, and c) obviously, the potential for academic excellence is going to be greatly advanced.Speaking as a former teen, that’s as much fun as a torture chamber. Why bother with homeschool then? Might as well stay in a conventional school.It is possible that some families may homeschool this way (to each his/her own I say) but that’s not how I understand homeschooling to be, nor is this how it is practiced in the homes of most if not all homeschoolers I know. My own home would certainly be dismissed as a slacker’s paradise; parents who imagine homeschools to be a miniature academe peopled by diligent children sitting ramrod at their desks studying, will be sorely disappointed if they drop in our home for a visit!In the first place, homeschooling is more than academic learning or formal scheduled study. It is providing a child a secure home to realize her potential holistically. It is equipping her for self-directed learning, training her to be resourceful and independent.Seen this way, the homeschooling parent does not consider herself as a tutor but a facilitator. We’re seeking a balance. Life itself is one big classroom or a laboratory for creativity, discovery, a safe place for learning from one’s mistakes. Conventional schools with their over-emphasis on exams and books and tuition offer little time or space for self-discovery and imagination. The difference between a happy pre-school kid of 4 years and an anxious, bored, schooled kid of 7 years is staggering. Which is tragic considering how many great minds, inventors, and writers, owe their greatness not to hours of mugging but to playing and tinkering about while in their formative years as young children.Certainly there are sit-down periods, but informal learning constitutes a significant part of a homeschooler’s education. Eventually the role of parents as their child’s facilitator is diminished until personal involvement is no longer necessary or a primary concern. Inculcating this attitude and outlook in a child when she is younger pays off when she grows older. Parents will quickly find that their initial fear of being unable to teach the ‘hard’ subjects becomes irrelevant because the homeschooled child will and often does surpass her tutor.Taking a child out of school at 13 years to homeschool is not uncommon, but some parents admit to struggling with weaning the teen from an entrenched and usually peer-dependent lifestyle. A lot of families do succeed at ‘deschooling’ a child for home education but it entails more effort since you’re developing a new circle of friends at the same time as picking up a new learning culture.Then there is the whole issue of learning styles and gender. Different children learn differently according to Howard Gardner’s (among others) multiple intelligences theory (Frames of Mind, 1983). Again, boys are psychologically and developmentally different from girls. Given these variables, parents do their children a great disservice when their idea of education is one-size-fits-all. It isn’t and it doesn’t. The good thing about homeschool is, a child gets to learn at her own pace and in her own style.It should become clear by now that homeschooling is a radically different way of looking at learning. I often tell friends it is a whole new lifestyle requiring some drastic makeover in my expectations and value system. But what about socialization, people ask? Simple observation confirms that socialization in all its negative modes is precisely why our present schools and society are having so many problems. The right question ought to be, what kind of socialization do I want?Homeschooling promotes positive socialization. It’s insulation (as opposed to isolation) during a child’s most impressionable years. And contrary to popular myths about homeschool, it takes place in a real world instead of the artificial one that is merely made up of children of the same age. In that unreal walled-up world called ‘school’ with its sterile classrooms, children wear the same uniform, read the same books, pick up the same bad habits and prejudices, conditioned by a system that rates their self-worth against exam marks, and discourages anything but conformity. Urgh. Then there’s that persistent interrupting bell that only Pavlov’s dog could love!While this is going on, our homeschooling kids are reading a variety of books, getting involved with community service, interacting with people of different ages, building rafts and swimming in the river, traveling, hiking up Maxwell Hill by themselves, helping in the zoo, and participating in debates and mock trials. Sure, we families have to do it ourselves to make all this happen. But that’s where the pleasure lies! Above all as parents we have the time to provide a steadying influence, adult modeling, moderating and interpreting the challenges of life against an agenda set by other parties, institutions, and vested interests.Finally, I wish I could conclude that homeschool is the answer to our educational and institutional ills. It is not. And it will not be for everybody. It may be that other families and children are doing well following conventional routes – national schools or private, international schools or learning centers.But those of us who have chosen to educate our children at home believe it is the better way. It is more worthwhile embracing a radical alternative that matches the values we hold – including our love for God – which we hope to pass on to our children. We do this in the process of equipping them with skills to engage the world with more than paper credentials. It appears research is on our side, because homeschoolers are by and large academically above the national average, assimilate well into society, and are unafraid to march to the beat of a different drum.Homeschool is a long way from becoming mainstream, at least not in Malaysia where I come from. But things are changing, and opportunities for tertiary education are already opening up. Technology and community resources are making education at home more and more viable and accessible. So should you homeschool? Can you homeschool? The question our family would ask is, why won’t you?
Homeschooling is becoming an increasingly popular option for educating American children with an adoption rate of about 10 percent per year. Listing out homeschooling pros and cons can help make the decision about homeschooling an easier one for most parents. About 2 million students are currently homeschooled in this country and these students do well on standardized tests and are widely accepted along with their conventionally schooled peers at colleges and universities.When I investigated homeschooling pros and cons awhile back during our own family’s educational crossroads, I found it extremely helpful to list out the various positives and negatives. I wanted to share those points with others who may be struggling with that same decision, hoping it will help make the decision more clear for you and your family.Homeschooling Pros and Cons:Homeschooling Pros
You are on your own Time
Undoubtedly there is an adjustment period when you migrate from a standard school to a home schooled schedule but the benefits soon outweigh any adjustment. Students and parents are free from school mandated calendars and days off, hours and homework. This often allows more time for family vacations off-peak times and permits time for visits to museums or parks for non-traditional learning opportunities.Social Norms
Peer pressure, bullying and competition come with the territory in many public and even private schools. This can be excruciating for boys and girls alike and distract from the main reason students are in school – to learn. Homeschooling allows more time at home and time for socializing by choice, with those fellow students with similar ideals and interests.Religious Choice
Different religions have various belief systems that often differ from what is taught as part of the mandatory curriculum in public schools. Varied beliefs around sex education, marriage and alternative lifestyles permit the homeschooler to approach and discuss these topics how the parents want, when the parents feel their child is ready.Sufficient Rest
As children get older they need more sleep during peak growth periods. Often this is in direct conflict with most public and private school schedules. Just when teens need more sleep, school starts earlier and homework last well into the late evening hours. Homeschooling allows you to set your child’s schedule to ensure he/she is well rested and focused on key learning objectives.Clear Learning Objectives
How often has your child come home with a project that takes an awful lot of effort yet leaves you wondering what the learning objective really is? Homeschooling allows parents to set clear, concise learning objectives that are coupled with appropriate assignments designed to meet those objectives.Homeschooling ConsTime Management
While you are not on the school calendar or clock, this means you need to use time wisely at home and not treat each day as vacation or weekend time. Proper planning for chores and grocery shopping to be done off-hours will allow you and your students to focus on key learning activities and assignments during peak hours of the day. This may take some getting used to, but like any schedule change, being consistent is the key to success.Financial Concerns
In many dual income households, one member agrees to forgo their career or work schedule to teach the children. In uncertain economic times, this can create some financial hardship for some families. However, most families who have made the sacrifice to give up the additional income in order to homeschool their children believe that the temporary sacrifice was well worth the effort.Too Much Togetherness?
Being together had its advantages but can also have disadvantages particularly when preteens and teens reach that point where they can become moody. If you do not have a great relationship with your child and too much time together can be a bad thing, then homeschooling is not for you. If you do have a good relationship and can usually work through even those difficult times, you may develop an even closer relationship with your child after this experience.Not the Norm
You and your child may feel peer pressure due to homeschooling being outside of the norm. Sporting activities normally engaged in through organized school programs will be a big miss, but often can be replaced by YMCA or local community sporting programs. If you can cope with and ignore the curious comments from mainstream parents and students, about your homeschooling choice then the benefits will surely outweigh the negative bystanders who feel you are not following the mainstream education culture.
Although many parents are concerned about socialization, there are many homeschool activities available for children who are educated at home. When choosing homeschooling activities, look for activities that are inexpensive and age appropriate. Here are some places you can find activities for your children:
Church – Church activities are not always limited to church members. Many churches offer sports, Sunday school, choir, drama, vacation Bible school and other programs to residents of the community.
Sports – Homeschoolers can participate in sports through the recreation centers, church programs, competitive leagues and home school leagues. In some states, homeschooled children can participate in programs offered by their local public schools.
Private Lessons – Many home school students take dance, music, skating, swimming, gymnastics or art lessons during daytime hours at local studios.
Civic Organizations – 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and similar organizations welcome participation from children who are home educated.
Support Groups – Homeschool support groups sponsor a variety of social and educational activities like park days, science clubs, debate teams and field trips.
Libraries – Public libraries often offer book clubs, story times, writer’s groups and other educational programs for homeschoolers. Some libraries provide local support groups with advertising and meeting space.
Your children can also volunteer for a local food bank, homeless shelter, nursing home, hospital or after school program. High school students may want to intern in a field of interest or work at a part time job.Because there are so many opportunities available to homeschoolers, it is tempting to take on too many commitments. Consider travel time and preparation time when choosing activities, and be considerate of younger members of your family who will have to sit and wait for older siblings.Discuss the program’s requirements and expectations for your behavior with your children, and agree upon a time period for remaining in the program before trying something new.
Educational issues abound in conversations, newspapers, and the minds of parents. Does anyone like No Child Left Behind? How can we keep and attract quality teachers? How can we equalize educational opportunities for children, regardless of race, color, and creed? Why do many think the public education system is a failure? These serious issues helped me make a decision that is, perhaps, another major issue in education today.I homeschool my children and have done so since they were born. With the exception of my daughter’s two-month experiment with the local grammar school because she wanted to “know what school’s like,” they haven’t spent any time in public schools. I homeschool my kids because of No Child Left Behind. My kids get to explore many topics in depth and they don’t have to worry about taking a lot of tests. I homeschool because, while there may be good teachers in the local school, how do I guarantee that my children will get that teacher? At home, they get me, and I am a known quantity. The myriad problems and issues of today’s educational system guided me into the homeschooling decision. These issues have guided and continue to guide other families into making the same decision.More homeschooling families must have some meaning, and create other issues, for society. Perhaps, some of these issues are as follows.The market for curricula should increase. Homeschooling families choose, or design, their own curricula. Do you want a religious based curriculum or not? Do you like unit studies? Do you want an online-based curriculum for your children, or do you want to stick to paper and pencil?Fewer children will be problem teens. Yes, some people think all teens are problems, but if you’ve ever been around a number of homeschooled teens, you can easily change that mindset. These are kids that still actually talk to their parents. These are kids that do stuff for themselves, and their families, that has real value and meaning, so they don’t need to seek meaning as much elsewhere.Status symbols will hold less value. The majority of homeschooled families don’t have significant quantities of disposable income, so their kids don’t get designer jeans. There’s also a tendency in homeschooled families to be environmental and shop at thrift stores. My kids, and the other kids I’ve seen, don’t seem to have a desire for status symbols as much as the kids in school have. For instance, my daughter thought silly bands (plastic, shaped wrist bands) were kind of cool, but she didn’t profess a desire for them. She didn’t save her allowance for them. None of her friends had them, so why would she need them?Public schools will get less money. Schools get their funding based on the number of children enrolled in classes and attendance. If the percentage of homeschooled children increases significantly, schools will notice a difference in their monetary resources.Fewer people will go to college. Homeschooled kids learn how to think for themselves. They learn, well, they learn how to learn. They learn how to teach themselves. Traditionally, you learn basics like reading, writing, and arithmetic in school and you go to college to learn how to think. Homeschooled kids are learning how to think for themselves at a younger age. As a result, a college education won’t be as necessary.
As a parent who has chosen homeschooling as the best educational option for your child, online curriculum resources can be an important component of your children’s education. If you have an Internet connection and consistent access to a computer, there are many online tools that will help you provide your child with the skills they need. An online homeschool curriculum can work to supplement your own individualized curriculum, and can also provide a complete learning solution for a variety of subjects. While homeschooling can sometimes feel like a lonely endeavor, online homeschooling resources provide plenty of ways to feel connected.In order to work with these resources effectively, you should have a clear role in mind for using online curriculum resources. If they are a secondary tool, it’s a great place to find reading materials, individual activities, or worksheets which can be downloaded directly from a website. Often, a variety of sample materials will be available, which gives you the opportunity to review the material first. If you like the material, you will then have the ability to place an additional order.However, online homeschooling curriculum has evolved and can be a much more sophisticated tool than just providing worksheets. Your child can attend an online school, plug into specific courses, and complete learning modules and activities at their own pace. This option can be a better choice if you would like to spend less time planning their lessons, or if you have specific learning outcomes that may be easier met by a more structured curriculum, such as higher level math skills, or practicing a foreign language.Before purchasing a curriculum, it’s a good idea to spend sometime looking at homeschool curriculum reviews. You can find many review sites online, and in addition to finding reviews on particular programs you are already interested in, you will also find up-to-date reviews on a variety on new programs as well. You will also find helpful tips and techniques from other parents. If you do a search online for ‘homeschool curriculum review,’ you are sure to find plenty of choices available.Online homeschool curriculum programs can play a an important primary or a secondary role in your children’s education. The internet is a vast learning resource, and it shouldn’t be neglected as a valuable tool for homeschooling. With its ease of use, and adaptability, there is room for online resources in any educational plan.
Your legal situation as a homeschooler depends largely on what state you live in and how state and local officials enforce the laws concerning compulsory attendance, private education, and homeschooling. Whether they require registration, a notice of intent, regular evaluation, or advance approval, the statutes take in your state can be less important than how they are enforced.To keep your homeschooling legal worries to the minimal level they deserve, here are some things which you should bear in mind:1. Know what your state’s law says. Read the applicable statutes for yourself, talk to other homeschoolers, and join a state homeschooling organization that monitors the regulations affecting homeschoolers.2. Learn what potential problems for homeschoolers exist in your state. Learn how other homeschoolers have dealt with them successfully, and plan how you’d respond if faced with them yourself. Don’t wait until after the fact to learn what your options could have been.3. Do not automatically assume that any explanation of home-schooling legal issues you hear or read is correct. Whether the opinion is that of a school official, a lawyer for a home-school legal defense organization, a legislator, or another homeschooler, you need to check it out for yourself. Laws concerning homeschooling are usually complex; clear and definitive statements on legal issues usually leave out something important.4. Do not let worry about legal issues distract you from the everyday business of homeschooling. When homeschoolers object to rules that require them to document their children’s learning or to have their kids tested on a regular basis, it’s because such requirements often interfere with that learning. If you are changing your whole approach to homeschooling because of your state’s legal requirements, you are probably worrying way too much about the law.5. Do not be shy about your homeschooling. You don’t have to announce it to everyone you meet, but visible home-schoolers help make homeschooling familiar and acceptable to the general public. With enough of us around, the, public may eventually understand that homeschooling can be fun and exciting, as well as effective, and we’ll find we have active support even from families who would never homeschool themselves.