“Homeschooling Can Be Better For Some Families Because Of The Flexibility”
What Is Homeschooling?
Homeschooling is an education structure where children learn outside of a school setting under the supervision of their own parents.
Homeschooling starts with kindergarten and goes through to high school. More than 2 million American children are being homeschooled today, and this number is expected to double over the next 20 years.
The legal guardian decides what is to be learned and how it is to be taught while following government regulations that apply in your particular state. Parents choose to homeschool their children for multiple reasons. Sometimes the child is too sick and can’t go to a school setting. But most children are homeschooled because parents feel they can give their child a better education than the school.
Where Do I Start With Homeschooling?
If you’ve been thinking about homeschooling, now is the perfect time to do your research for Fall 2020. Like me when I first started the homeschooling process, I was completely clueless.
I had no idea where to begin. So my goal with this post is to answer most of your questions and simplify the process as much as possible.
The first thing you want to do is check the homeschooling laws in your area. This step is number one because it’s very important as rules vary for different states. Next, you want to research different homeschooling methods. After you determine which method is the best for your home situation it’s time to move on to the next step.
Acknowledge your child’s learning style – This is what I failed to do in the beginning. Knowing your child’s learning style is key to his or her school success. Remember that every child learns in a different way, and figuring out your child’s unique learning style is important. Last, seek support! Meet other homeschooling families before making a permanent decision to homeschool. Message me with any questions, join homeschooling Facebook groups. There are so many resources available.
Is Homeschooling A Good Idea?
That depends on many factors. Every parent will probably have a different answer to this question. Homeschooling might not suit some parents or even students, but so is the traditional school setting. Even that does not work for everyone. You really need to ask yourself as a parent, are you willing to give the time commitment? And ask yourself do you know how to manage your time?
Homeschooling requires consistent day to day effort. Ya’ll, I’m so serious– you must invest your time as the educator to assist your child. Second, is the child (student) the typical boy/girl who just wants to do the least amount of work possible? (this was the case with my son). Or maybe you’re lucky an has a child who is self motivated?
Either way homeschooling maybe a good idea for some, a terrible idea for others. Just keep in mind, under a pandemic aka “Covid-19” it maybe a BETTER choice for your child. You have to experience it for yourself. Then give your honest opinion.
Is Homeschool Free?
Many homeschool curriculums can probably break your wallets, but it doesn’t always have to. I remember my first few rounds of phone calls. I was completely shocked about some of the prices. But after doing my research there are so many useful resources available to homeschoolers. Depending on this school you select, yes homeschool is free.
I mean seriously, there are so many free resources out there. Ya just gotta look for them. And not just curriculums but materials and equipment. My son is enrolled at Georgia Connections Academy – which is 100% free.
What It takes to homeschool?
It’s pretty simple! But how simple depends on YOU.
Once you get a good routine flowing. Plenty of parents might think about homeschooling, but be intimidated by how to go about it: What would I teach? How do I create a steady curriculum? How do I make sure my child still builds his or her social skills?
The most important thing to know about homeschooling is that it is not public school at home. You need to be organized, you need to have patience, you need to be consistent and lastly you need to have a plan! Your child’s academic success depends on it! Before you start getting more specific, read as much as you can on the subject – there are as many different ways to homeschool! If you can meet up with some other homeschool families, then that will give you a chance to ask questions, and begin to see the options available to you!
The very last thing I want to say is Expect to defend your decision to homeschool. I don’t know anyone on my side of the family who homeschools. I don’t have any other friends who homeschool. At first, my family was skeptical. My dad nor my boyfriend had my back in the beginning. But it didn’t change my mind. Stand strong to your descision and know that everyone will not agree!
And that’s okay!
Have you thought about homeschooling? Are you already homeschooling? Tell me about your experience below.