Homeschooling is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason! Homeschooling is a great option for those who want to teach their children at home, but don’t want to sacrifice academics. There are plenty of great reasons to homeschool your children, and plenty of educational options to choose from.
The number of homeschoolers has doubled since the pandemic. Some people are just tired of the over-stepping government while others are tired of the while mask situation. I’ve personally interviewed hundreds of people moving from emergency-schooling to real homeschooling based on how well their child did at home. Once you break down the reasons why the child did better they ranged from “square peg in a circle” to bullying to not enough personal attention or their learning style was different from what the teacher could provide.
1: What is homeschooling?
Homeschooling is a form of education that is conducted at home. It is an alternative to the traditional school system. Parents are the primary educators of their children using various methods. This can be done in a structured environment or even a less structured environment. There are many different methods ranging from unschooling to regular homeschooling to a very classical type of schooling.
Some families stay at home while others travel everywhere so the children can learn from the road and see what they are studying. There isn’t just one way to homeschool!
2: How do I get started homeschooling?
As a homeschooling parent, you have a lot of work ahead of you to ensure that your child is getting the best education. You have to choose the right curriculum, create a learning environment, and be sure that your child is doing well by keeping track of their progress.
Here is the great part of this, you just have to start. It will be ok! Don’t be pressured to do it all at once. You can get a full curriculum or piece something together.
You do have to check with your state homeschooling laws. That should be your first stop. The Home School Legal Defense Association has a great resource to learn what you have to do to homeschool in your state. You might be surprised what states have stringent laws while others are very relaxed.
3: What should I do when I start homeschooling?
Just start. It’s that simple. Learn your child. Get to know your child. Have fun!! You will not ruin your child so go ahead and just start.
4: What are the benefits of homeschooling?
Homeschooling is a great way to teach children. The curriculum is flexible and can be adjusted to fit the child’s needs. Parents can tailor the lesson plans to their specific child. Parents can also choose the teaching style that works best for their child.
Your child’s curriculum can adjust to fit their needs. Let them learn the love of learning in their own way. Colleges and employers LOVE that homeschoolers can think for themselves and can interact with a multitude of people and generations.
5: Are there any downsides to homeschooling?
I don’t think getting to know your children and helping them learn has a downside. The one thing you will have to do is to make sure you spend some time for yourself. Don’t feel that you are being selfish because you are not. Once you find a good balance of the homeschool life you won’t want to go back.
It’s never too late to start homeschooling! Homeschooling is a great way to give your child the best education possible.
Here are a few of the full Homeschool Curriculums available:
1. Saxon Math
4. BJU Press
6. Alpha Omega
7. Christian Light