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Is Home Schooling For You?

A friend of mine recently told me she has decided to home school her child this year.  He will not be returning to our local junior high.  I wasn’t surprised, because she had been considering it for a long time.  (It is not something you just jump into!)

I have to say there was a time when my children were much younger when I would have never considered it.  In fact, I signed them up for preschool at the earliest possible ages.  Now, I might give it more thought.  Some of the advantages sound appealing, but the start-up and work seem daunting.   Still, the numbers of home schoolers seems to be rising.

According to the US Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, in “2007, the number of home schooled students was about 1.5 million- an increase from 850,000 in 1999 and 1.1 million in 2003.”

A recent Wall Street Journal article My Education in Home Schooling, shares one parent’s thoughts on homeschooling her daughter.

As the author points out, “online classes have already become part of an extended curriculum for many students. In the iTunes version of public education, relevant learning experiences will originate from the large redbrick building down the street, from a recreation center downtown, from a music studio in Seattle or a lecture hall in London. As our habits evolve, it won't be home schooling as we've known it, but it won't be brick-and-mortar schooling, either. I call it "roam schooling."

There are a variety of reasons parents give for homeschooling.  Among them are:

  • Providing religious or moral instruction
  • Concern over school environment
  • Dissatisfaction with academic instruction
  • Other reasons- family time, finances, travel and distance
  • A child’s health problems or special needs
  • Wanting to provide their child with a nontraditional approach to education

Beginning this process can be a little overwhelming and cause some anxiety about whether you are making the right decision or not.  The good news is there are more resources available than ever – including support networks, curriculum for purchase, and on-line classes and instruction.

Are you home schooling your child now or have you in the past? Have you ever considered home schooling as an option? Please comment, share, tweet, or contact me at lisa.schoolzone@gmail.com



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