Homeschooling 101

Are you wondering how to homeschool?  Where to start?  Or maybe you’re just curious about what homeschooling is.  Then read on.   

What Is Homeschooling? 

 Homeschooling is an educational option that allows parents to teach their children at home instead of sending them to school. This movement really took off during the 1970s and 1980s. While most states opposed homeschooling back then, today, each state has its own set of laws to oversee the homeschool program.   There is a wide range of resources to help parents get started on this adventure of a lifetime.  

Reasons Parents Homeschool

So why do we do it?  There are as many reasons to homeschool are there are parents homeschooling.  You see it is a very personal choice to take on the education of your child(ren) and each family has its reasons.  Some will homeschool in to give their children an education that teaches their religious beliefs. Some are concerned about the quality of local public schools, and homeschool in order to give their children more educational opportunities.  Many families homeschool based on a series of different reasons.  Each of our 4 children is homeschooled for different reasons.  

Homeschooling & Socialization 

This is the first question we are always asked when people find out we homeschool.  As if it is the job of the schools to socialize our kids.  I don’t know about you, but when I went to school, I got in trouble for socializing.  But studies show that homeschooled children can be well socialized.  Many homeschooled children have large social networks and active social calendars. Because we are not confined by the time frame of public school, we can participate in activities during the day that most kids miss out on.  The term homeschool can and often is a misnomer as school does not often take place at home but rather out in the real world.  While homeschooling can be public school at home, for the majority of homeschoolers, this model just doesn’t work well.  Many homeschoolers are involved in homeschool co-ops and take field trips together.  Then there are dance classes, gymnastics classes, group sports, or music lessons.  Many of your high schools offer classes to the homeschool community as well.  For example, if your child likes auto repair, they can, depending on your state laws, take auto mechanics at their local high school.  They can even participate in high school sports.   Then there are the community college courses.  With the explosion of online learning available, there is nothing that a homeschooled child can not learn more about.  So what about after they leave home?  Most homeschooled students, once they graduate go on to lead very successful lives whether at the college level or directly into the workplace.   

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