When my homeschooling friends talk about their days it all sounds so wonderful: interest based learning, flexible schedules, creative projects and adventurous field trips. I confess, it seems liked the perfect situation. These moms don’t have to deal with new schools after a military move. Their kids don’t have to catch up on curriculum they should have learned in a previous semester, adjust to new school start times, or tackle the adventure of riding the bus. Just one problem, I have trouble getting my son to make his bed or feed the dog much less motivate him to tackle a complicated math equation…on my own.
For many of my friends homeschooling is their family’s choice for a variety of reasons. They would be the first to share, it is indeed a family decision and not one that should be entered into without some careful thought, research and planning. This past year we decided attending an online high school was best for our youngest son and our family. It’s been a learning process and I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
First off, I didn’t realize homeschooling was so popular. Maybe you are like me and thinking perhaps homeschooling is fad that will fizzle out? Not so says the research by the National Home Education Research Institute, “homeschooling – home education or home-based education – has grown from nearly extinct in the United States in the 1970s to now about 2 million school-age students.”
Here are some tips to consider when determining if Homeschooling is right for your family:
Making the homeschooling/online school switch has been a big transition for our family and the jury is still out as to if he will return to “regular school” next year. For now he is enjoying this new way of learning and we are taking it one step at a time.
Are you homeschooling your kids? Why does homeschooling work for your family? I’d love to hear from experienced homeschooling moms, please share your thoughts in the comments section.
For more information and tips on homeschooling, be sure to visit the below list of resources:
Parents.com – The Best Homeschooling Resources Online
The Wall Street Journal: My Education in Homeschooling
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