November 26

Home Schooling And Your Kids


Home Schooling has been garnering more and more interest and support from many parents who are looking for educational alternatives that they can give to their kids. Home schooling is an educational method that makes use of the home as the primary educational base for children. The system involves children being taught or educated at home rather than at an institution such as public or private schools.

In the past, most children are taught their ABC’s at home in the absence of adequate schools in some areas. But with the advent of compulsory school attendance in the 19th century, education worldwide is earned through the traditional school approach. In today’s terms, home schooling or home education refer to the instruction done in the home with the supervision of government-regulated correspondence schools.

Is home schooling effective? Most people tend to believe so. Many experts think that home schooling can be an effective learning tool because it practices a more personalized form of education. In home schooling, it is usually the parent’s responsibility to teach the kids their lesson. And this type of learning environment has helped many children absorb more of what they are being taught.

And the great results have substantiated proof. Some home school statistics show that a number of home school students scored as many as thirty percentile points higher than national public school averages. Some experts don’t even see statistical differences in terms of academic achievement between home school students taught by parents with less formal education and those students being taught by parents that have acquired higher formal education.

There are other positive home schooling statistics available that will help prove that such a method of educating children is just as effective. In 2003, the NHERI or National Home Education Research Institute conducted an extensive survey of over 7,300 home-schooled adults in the US with over 5000 of them being part of the survey for over seven years. The findings of the said survey indicated that more home-schooled adults are more active and involved in their respective communities.

Most of them are also more likely to get involved in civic affairs and have higher voting population percentages than their counterparts. In terms of outlook, almost three fourths of home schooled adults feel more positive and find life exciting as compared to less than half for the general population. Half of the home schooled adults report that they are very happy with their lives.

These statistics have shown that home schooling can have a great effect on how a child will learn. Home education can be just as effective and efficient as having your children taught in traditional institutions. Home schooling just carries a big advantage over these educational institutions in the sense that this method can make parents and their kids find time together. If you are looking forward to getting closer with your own kids and more active when it comes to their schooling, then home education for your kids should be considered.

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November 24

Homeschooling High School – How Much Is Too Much Writing


One frequent variation on the “how much is too much” question for homeschooling involves high school writing. Specifically, what is a usual, acceptable level of writing to ask your high school students to do?

Most high school student curriculum seem to have one 5-6 page paper assigned one or two times per year, with some smaller papers in between. In public school, students are generally asked to write one or two papers like that per year. I personally asked my children to write 500-1000 words per week when they were in 11th and 12th grade. That was about 1-2 pages typed and single spaced, most weeks of the year. It wasn’t all “English” because at times the papers were for History, French, or Art.

This might look like too much to you, but the reason our writing program was successful was because I taught my kids at their level, and I knew how much to push them so they wouldn’t break. That’s why homeschooling works. If you have them write AT THEIR LEVEL, they can learn. If you have them write too much, then they will get irritated, angry, or worse, rebel. I realize that I had my kids write a lot, and I know it was more than most. That’s what my kids did because they were capable, and both ended up being excellent writers. But the reason it was effective wasn’t because of how much I had them write, it was because I asked them to work at their level.

Trust yourself on that. If you are involved with a writing program, and the requirements are killing you – STOP! You’ll discover that each child in your family could be different, as well. Perhaps if you consider having them write for, say, an hour a day, that would be a more reasonable measure for high school. If you feel that your child is being asked to do too much, then I am 100% confident that it is too much.

Have them write each day, and have them write different things. Good writing is all about practice, which means that they do need to do some writing every day. But don’t push them so hard that they dislike writing. Keep a “five year plan” in mind, where they have a love of learning at the end of this wonderful homeschooling.

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November 20

Answers To The Most Common Homeschooling Questions


Although homeschooling has become increasingly popular in recent years, there’s still a lot of confusion and misunderstanding that surround it. As a result, many parents have questions about exactly what homeschooling is and how it is conducted, and this article will help answer some of the most common questions that are asked about homeschooling.

1. What is homeschooling?

Homeschooling is a process where parents take charge of the education of their own children, completely substituting the educational curriculum used by public and private schools. The reasons for choosing homeschooling as a substitute can be many including having better control over the content of their children’s education, being able to better match the speed and pace of learning to each child’s ability, better promotion of the parent-child bond as their children grow older, and concerns over their children’s safety in the public school system.

2. What kind of people homeschool their children?

The answer to that question is that people from all walks of life with varied abilities, backgrounds, and circumstances all have been successful in homeschooling their children. This means that it doesn’t matter whether you live in a city or on a farm, whether you only have one child or ten, whether it’s a single or two-parent family, whether you are religious or not, there are those who have similar circumstances that are successfully homeschooling their children.

3. Is homeschooling legal?

Yes, homeschooling is legal in every state in the US, although there are laws regulating homeschooling that can vary significantly from one state to the next, so before you decide to homeschool your children, be sure to check on the requirements for homeschooling in the state where you live first.

4. What educational requirements are there for parents to homeschool their children?

In most cases, all that is required is that you be able to read, write, and perform basic math functions such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. You can always upgrade your own education as you go if more is needed. But be sure to check on the particular requirements of the state where you live before you begin.

5. Where can we find homeschooling books and curriculums?

There are actually lots of places to get the home school materials that you will need including books, worksheets, and so forth. The internet is a great place to find the materials you will need at the lowest cost possible. You can even find used homeschool books and materials online at eBay and Amazon. You also may be able to find some of these materials locally at small bookstores and garage sales.

Whether or not to homeschool your children is a decision that is not to be taken lightly, and hopefully some of the answers we have provided here in this article to the most commonly asked homeschooling questions will help you be able to determine if homeschooling is right for you and your children.

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November 12

Getting Ready For Home Schooling Your Child


So, are you thinking about home schooling your children? Are you skeptical if that is the right thing to do? Do you need information on home schooling and the curriculum for a home school?

Every parent/guardian goes through the same set of questions when they are exploring home schooling as an option for their children. Like everything else, home schooling too has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, taking an important decision like this is not an easy task for any parent or guardian. They need to check the suitability of home schooling for their children. And they also need to check if they would be able to provide the required dedication for home schooling of their children. Yes, its very true that home schooling is almost like a full time job (rather, more than a full time job).

Note that, here you are trying to setup a small school for your child (which is by no means a small task). You need information about the home schooling curriculum. You need to fulfill various statutory requirements. And you need to arrange for everything on your own. In such a scenario, you need access to a lot of information and resources that can help you with the task of home schooling your children.

Children are devoted to learn new things. This hunger for education exists within and outside the school. It is long lasting and it follows the children. Thus, even if they are out of the basic institution for education they can learn a lot.

Even if you are not enrolled in a university, you can still acquire knowledge. In addition, this learning can be had without traveling much. Yes, you can have same knowledge that other students acquire even when you just stay at home. This system is called home schooling.

Home schooling, otherwise known as home education, is a curriculum designed for children to study at home. This is in contrary to the usual education offered by an education institution like the parochial or public school.

When parents feel that complete education can no way be acquired in private or public schools, they resort to home schooling.

Home schooling is legal in all parts of the United States. However, said laws may differ from one state to another. In fact, home schooling evolves around three categories. They are private school laws, equivalency laws and home education laws. Inquiry must be done first in order to know which of the three laws are suited to you and your children.

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November 3

Homeschooling Association Groups Dedicated To Making Homeschooling Possible


A homeschooling association is the place to go for homeschool help if you do not know where or how to get started on creating a homeschooling curriculum. These associations are dedicated to ensuring that those who are seeking homeschooling as an option for their children are able to do so in an efficient and effective manner. In addition to providing resources to families who homeschool their children, they generally also protect and serve the interests of the homeschooling community through political action.

What is their Interest?

These groups understand that there is a homeschooling advantage and a homeschooling disadvantage. Their purpose is to ensure that the disadvantages of homeschooling are softened and the advantages are strengthened. For example, they will often provide homeschool counseling to parents who have lots of questions as to how to get started. Additionally, they ensure that the homeschooling program that parents create for their children lives up to the standards of local, state, and federal laws.

Contacting These Associations

Associations in this field are easy to contact, as a few minutes of research online will allow you to find an association that can serve you best. They almost always have an easy to locate “contact us” option on their web pages, as they thrive on people reaching out to them for their support. Make sure that you choose an association that is most specific to your interests, because if you are looking to create a Christian homeschooling program for your child, you won’t want to contact an association that is dedicated to, for example, Native American homeschooling.

Why Choose to Join an Association?

An association of this nature will prove to be an excellent homeschooling resource. They will guide you in every way they can to ensure that you create a well-balanced homeschooling curriculum. For example, if you are interested in homeschooling online, they will more than likely show you how to access the best homeschooling software on the market. Additionally, they will likely be able to put you into contact with other, local parents that homeschool their children, allowing you to learn from their experience, which is always beneficial. After all, there is no need for you to repeat any mistake that another person has already made and learned from.

Do not think for a second that joining or affiliating yourself with one of these associations is the only way to homeschool your child properly. Many guides and resources are available outside of these associations that will aid you in making your homeschool dreams a reality. The only reason you should consider joining or affiliating yourself with one of these groups is if you feel that by associating with them, you will be able to provide a higher quality education for your child.

Remember, homeschooling is not as complicated as you might think it is. These associations are only for those who feel that they need them to create a better homeschooling program for their children.

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October 24

Tips On How To Tweak Your Homeschooling Curriculum To Suit Your Child


Parents, are you thinking of homeschooling your kids? It is important that you give your child the right time of homeschooling curriculum to suit his or her style of learning and ability to learn new things. In this article I will be sharing with you how you can tweak your syllabus so that your child gets the most out of it. By the end of this article I hope you will have a better understanding of this topic so without further ado, let me get started!

Parents, ever wondered why your child may not be absorbing what you are teaching them? Did you know that each kid has a different way of learning? Some kids learn better when they watch videos, others learn better when you involve them in hands on activities. Whatever the case, you need to discover your child’s preferred method of learning. This may take some time, but once you have discovered that, your child will be able to learn new things more effectively. You can then tweak your homeschooling curriculum to suit your child’s preferred method of learning.

If you are schooling your child from home, your child may not have the chance to make new friends. Hence, it is important that you include social engagements in your homeschooling curriculum. You can do so by joining support groups, community activities, or third party organizations. By doing so, your child will have the chance to make new friends, as well as get exposed to the world outside the four walls of home and learn life skills. I honestly believe that by doing so, your child will develop a really strong emotional quotient and be more willing to give back to the community when he or she grows up.

Teaching your child from home can be a challenge at times, especially when you know that you have adopted a different style of teaching just to suit your child, yet he or she does not seem to absorb what you are teaching. If that happens, take it easy. Your child may not be a fast learning like some of the other kids you may have seen. Do not force your child to cram his or her dear mind with all that you are trying to teach. You do not want your child to develop a fear of you from such a young age, especially since you are the teacher.

I hope you have a better understanding of how you can tweak your homeschooling curriculum to suit your child. Through all the teaching, I also hope you develop a really close relationship with your child.

Choosing the right homeschooling curriculum can be a challenge. If you have benefitted from my sharing, do visit my website at where I share more about how to adopt the right homeschooling curriculum for your child, homeschooling tips, homeschooling materials and much more!

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October 22

Homeschooling A Child With Cerebral Palsy


In 2007 more than 1.5 million students were homeschooled in the US, according to the United States Department of Education. That’s 37% more children than were homeschooled only four years before.

Schooling a child at home certainly isn’t for everyone. It requires commitment, determination, and patience. And, if you are the parent of a child with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, this can be an even more challenging decision.

Nonetheless, homeschooling a special needs child is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. However, although the First and Fourth Amendments do guarantee these rights the state laws for homeschooling a special needs child may be stricter than it is for families of children who do not have special needs.

Many teachers and school officials try to discourage parents from homeschooling their special needs child. Therefore, it is very important that you educate yourself as fully as possible about your constitutional rights.

You can find the information you need by doing a search on the Internet for “Home School Legal Defense Association”.

There are also a number of things you may want to do to determine if homeschooling is your best option.

– Get familiar with all of the laws in your state and in your school district that pertain to homeschooling.

– Locate home school support groups. You may want to do an Internet search for “umbrella schools” and “consulting services” that are in your area as well.

– Find and talk to other people who have home schooled children that have special needs. Ask them what has and has not worked for them.

– Meet your local school officials and establish a positive, friendly relationship with them. Find out if there are any services that are offered by your local public school.

– Your state may permit your child to be enrolled in a home school as well as a public school. If this type of enrollment is available, consider if “dual enrollment” would be right for your child.

How to Ensure Successful Homeschooling

If you have decided to home school your child there are a number of things that you will have to do in order to ensure your success.

You must keep accurate and complete records about how your child is progressing and what you are doing to meet your child’s special needs. You will need this documentation if any legal challenges arise regarding your home schooling.

You should schedule regular evaluations and keep documented records about these evaluations.

You should get assistance from educational consultants, counselors, therapists, support groups, and whoever else can help you to provide the special needs your child has. If you have any question as to whether or not you need any outside assistance do not even think about it. Get the assistance that you and your child need.

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October 12

The Homeschooling Mom Needs To Socialise Too!


When parents make the decision to home school their children, their primary concern is usually the lack of opportunity for their children to mix with other children on a regular basis.This is also one of the main criticisms used against homeschooling by it’s opponents. However, parents, too, can be affected by the lack of socialising opportunities. Many lifetime friendships between mothers have been formed at the school gates. Waiting for the children to emerge gives mothers a great opportunity to chat and discuss school, bringing up children and all life’s little and not so little problems. Becoming involved with PTA committees and functions, as well as volunteering to help in the classroom and with school trips, means that over the thirteen to fourteen years a child may be in school,you can get to know a lot of other parents and teachers. When you homeschool your children, you aren’t presented with these same social opportunities, but you needn’t miss out and become a social hermit. For the homeschooling mom, there are still a variety of social situations out there waiting for you. Many of them are family oriented and can be included in your lesson plans. Better yet, several are low cost or free.

Join a homeschool group in your area.

These groups are very popular and located nationwide in many countries. As well as providing a support network to homeschooling families, they sponsor all types of social gatherings and educational field trips. If there is not a group near you, why not organize one yourself. You’ll make great connections with other parents who homeschool.

Join an online group.

You can build friendships and be sociable’ in Cyberspace. An added bonus of online groups is that you will come in contact with moms from not only all over the United States but internationally as well – great for planning those geography and language lessons.

Teach a class to other homeschool moms

If you have a useful skill or interesting hobby,teach it to other homeschooling parents. It could be a purely recreational class or something educational, which parents can convert into lesson plans.

Teach in the community.

Take the class idea one step further and teach it at the community education level. Most school districts offer enrichment classes on a abundance of different subjects. Not only will this option afford you the chance to interact with your peers, it will also give you the opportunity to earn extra money.

Volunteer with your children.

There are many not for profit organizations which allow families to volunteer together.Animal shelters, nature reserves and soup kitchens are examples of family friendly’ organizations that are always on the lookout for volunteers.In addition to helping a good cause, you will be meeting and socialising with others.

There are plenty of social opportunities for the homeschooling mom. Whatever you choose to get involved in, make time for your own social life and you will be a happier, well adjusted home school mom with lots to offer your family.

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October 3

The Classical Home Schooling Option


Home schooling is an attractive option to consider for many parents. The program offers many advantages over learning in traditional schools. Home schooling also provides more one on one teaching time where the teacher can focus on the student as opposed to handling numerous students at the same time. This will allow children to obtain quality instruction.

Students of home schooling also benefit from having a very comfortable and familiar environment for a classroom. Home-schooled students no longer have to adapt to new surroundings, which can also sometimes affect a child’s ability to learn. This system can also provide a way for parents to be closer with their children and can also help parents have a more active role in educating their children in the manner that they want.

Home schooling can effectively be used by employing a variety of methods available. There are classical home schooling methods that follow traditional education in conventional educational institutions. Classical home schooling comprises of primary, secondary and tertiary phases which is most accepted in most educational institutions today. Other educational philosophies can also be adopted through the home schooling method.

But the main difference that home schooling can provide is that it can allow a more varied approach into teaching and learning. You can choose from a variety of accepted techniques available that you can use to effectively help your child learn and absorb new knowledge. There are unit studies that make use of a central theme, implemented in context on all the subjects that are tackled.

Home schooling can also follow a student-paced learning approach which depends on a student’s learning speed. This approach helps students understand fully or master a concept before proceeding to the next subject or topic. Another approach is the “unschooling” method that encourages students to depend not on direct instruction but learning through an exploration of interests. This enables a child to learn by doing. This approach aims to provide learning opportunities through games and real life circumstances and problems which will enable a child to learn without coercion.

Home schooling is a credible alternative to traditional education. It can provide parents with a choice on how to effectively educate their children. As home schooling is fast getting the approval of more and more people, it becomes a very attractive option made available for you and your children. With your children’s future in mind, having different options can be a good thing. And home schooling is an option that you must consider in trying to provide the best education for your child.

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October 2

Homeschooling Versus Public Schooling


When you look at academic achievements only, homeschooled children seem to advance quicker than their counterparts in public schools. A report published by the ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) shows that homeschool test scores were exceptionally high and well above that of public and private schools. They found that homeschool students in the 8th grade are four years ahead of their peers in public or private schools.

In a study conducted by Dr. Lawrence Rudner, he discovered that learners who were being homeschooled their entire school career, achieved the highest out of all the children.

Interesting information that came from this research was the difference that homeschooling made to the achievements of different race groups. There was very little difference found between the scores of white, black and Hispanic children in homeschooling. On the other hand, there was a significant difference between the achievements of different race groups attending public schools. Eight grade public school learners scored on average at the 58th percentile in math, where black children scored at the 24th percentile. White students scored at the 57th percentile in reading and Hispanic students at only the 28th percentile.

Dr. Ray, in his book, Strengths of Their Own, came to another interesting conclusion. The amount of money spend on tuition had no effect on the achievement of the child. In fact, the cheaper homeschooling option had better results than the far more expensive public schooling. In his research, based on statistics from 1998, he found that a homeschooled child cost parents on average $546 compared to the $5 325 for a public school learner. The average score for the homeschooled child was at the 85th percentile, where the score for the public school learner was averaged at the 50th percentile.

These research studies were done in a number of the states and in all the results the findings were the same. The homeschooled child scored on average 20-25 percentile points higher than their counterparts in public schools.

The research also found that the qualifications of the parent responsible for the schooling had no real affect on the achievement of the student.

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