• January 10, 2018 /  Home Schooling
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    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.

  • January 7, 2018 /  Home Schooling
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    Contrary to most people’s opinions, home schooling is not just limited to primary school students. In fact, there are many home schooling courses available for college students as well both offline and online.

    Home schooling has been gaining more popularity in recent years because parents wanted more control over their child’s education. Parents wanted to oversee what their children is learning and teach them the right way.

    There are also afraid of peer influences from other students. They may pick up bad habits such as smoking, alcoholism, gambling and violence etc.

    For higher level college education, there are several types of home schooling programs available. It depends on the type of education you prefer your child to undertake. Most home schooling college programs are quite flexible in that the program curriculum can be changed to suit the student rather than the other way around in traditional colleges.

    One type is religion college home schooling. They have home schooling curriculum that have religious studies as part of their education.

    Another type focus on the science while another focus on the arts. It can also be a combination of the above since college home schooling is quite flexible. You can cater your home schooling curriculum based on the interest of your child.

    One thing all these college home schooling programs have in common is that they can be taught at the pace your child is comfortable with. Since each child learns differently and at different pace, the college home schooling program can be altered to suit each child’s learning progress.

    There are also college home schooling programs offered in your local area. Some are theme based while others are focused on a particular subject. It will help if you can find yourself aligned with a home schooling group in your local community, if not you can do it online via the numerous homeschooling forums online.

  • January 1, 2018 /  Home Schooling
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    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.

  • December 22, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    When you are researching the homeschooling pros and cons one of the subtopics will inevitably be that of the time commitment that is required of the parents who are considering homeschooling.

    The time commitment homeschooling pro and con is a question that I get asked frequently. Everyone says that they know that there is a big time commitment to homeschooling their children. At this point, I like to gently remind them that homeschooling requires an enormous amount of time! Aside from the daily tasks you will have of being a homeschool teacher, remember that you still have to make time to plan your lessons, keep your appropriate records, and evaluate your childs progress.

    Family communication is a big key when it comes to the homeschooling arena. You need to talk together as a family when deciding if homeschooling is a viable educational option for the kids. Certainly, homeschooling works better for some than others. Some find the homeschooling time commitments overwhelming, while others enjoy the flexibility and dont mind the challenges.

    Cost: This is certainly worthy of discussion as it pertains to the pros and cons of homeschooling. If you are starting from scratch, all of the homeschooling and educational resources that you intend to use can become quite expensive. And be sure to give great consideration and crunch numbers if you will be losing an income of one of the parents because they will be homeschooling.

    On the positive side, there is an abundance of homeschooling parents that share their expertise and their home school resources. Also, make sure that you use everyday household items, your childs natural environment, and your community itself as homeschooling educational resources. When youre in your research mode, youll want to explore resource availability for future grades and even advanced subject matter.

    As far as social considerations go, and people expressing concerns that homeschooling inhibits social development, we did not have any such problem, nor have I been able to find any solid evidence that supports this concern. As homeschooling parents, we dont want our kids to be socially inept or outcasts, and as such we make an effort to keep our kids active socially by participating in many of the normal extracurricular activities within the community. Also, with the flexibility that homeschooling provides, this will allow for more time for your children to volunteer in the community and be a part of many charitable events.

    With any endeavor with the commitment the size and importance of educating your children, homeschooling pros and cons will surface. Know that the time commitment to homeschooling is huge but so is the love of your children. The financials can significant, but creativeness and budgeting can overcome. Social skills can decline, but only if you let them. In short, there are hills to climb, but none are too tall and as you gain experience; the hills are smaller and further between.

  • December 13, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    Many children go to school and find that it is not enough of a challenge for them. Being a gifted student can put children in a precarious position; either being bored at school because they aren’t being challenged, or being set ahead in their grade and risk the wrath of other children because of their brighter than average minds. Many parents of gifted children find that the best course of action is to home school their gifted child, in order to let them learn at their own pace.

    In a public school system, your child only move as fast as the slowest student, essentially putting him or her far behind their potential. But before you pull your above-average child out of traditional school, or begin home schooling your bright kindergartner, there are some aspects that you should carefully consider.

    As a gifted student, your child may require some extra curriculum, and extra curriculum will add to your cost as a homeschooler. While many children learn well using every day applications or minimal amounts of curriculum, your gifted student may thrive best on workbooks and extra books. While the public library should be able to alleviate some of the financial stress, you may find yourself purchasing more than you thought you would have to, therefore making homeschooling a sometimes expensive option.

    Consider the effect that homeschooling will have on your gifted student socially. There is a good chance that because you have a gifted child, he or she already has trouble fitting in with general students or making friends. Traditional school is the traditional way to socialize your grade-schooler. If you find that your gifted student isn’t making friends while homeschooling, consider other homeschooling groups, sports and other activity groups in order to get your child out and making friends without the traditional school setting.

    Finally, there is a lot of consideration that needs to go into how much time a parent can commit to the homeschooling of their gifted child. Even if your child requires minimum supervisions, homeschooling requires a generous time commitment from the parent in regards to curriculum planning, teaching and checking and supervising the work.

    If you already have a lot on your plate and don’t think you can devote at least four hours per day to your child’s education, then perhaps a traditional school may still be your best option. Talk with your child’s teacher about ways to keep him or her challenged, and you may see him or her flourish in any learning setting.

  • December 12, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    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.

  • December 7, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    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.

  • November 24, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    If you are concerned about the education your child is receiving at either a public or private school, you may have considered the option of home schooling. There are many advantages to home schooling that are easy to think of, but in making your decision you must also consider the disadvantages. Yes, despite all the bonuses you can think of in home schooling your child, there are many disadvantages to the process.

    Home schooling is a process that requires a massive amount of time and dedication. If you want to home school your child you must be present for a large part of the day. Kids are kids. Depending on how motivated by academic success your child is, he or she may not require constant supervision. However, in many studies, parental supervision is the key behind the success of home schooling programs.

    Parents must also possess instructional skills or access to someone who can teach effectively. Simply putting your child in a room with textbooks will most likely result in home schooling failure. In addition, you will have to purchase materials that public and private schools provide for students.

    There is also the need to be able to serve as guidance counselor as your child may require specialized instruction due to a learning disability. Public and private schools usually provide these services with qualified individuals.

    One important benefit of an academic institution is the opportunity for children to become properly socialized. Attending school with other children from all walks of life leads to the development of social skills. One of the disadvantages of home schooling is the relative isolation children have from their peers.

    Many parents find comfort in blaming the educational system for the shortcomings in their childs academic performance. If you choose to home school you will be accepting full responsibility for the outcome of your childs education. This is more of a burden than it seems. Studies have shown that many home schooling ventures fail due to the fact that the home generally lacks qualified educators. Many parents have gripes about teachers, but the fact is that they generally have to teach large classes filled with children with diverse learning needs. In addition, certified educators have taken teaching classes and have passed state examinations to receive their teaching certificates.

    When you approach the issue of home schooling you must examine both sides. Sure, there are plenty of advantages, but if you forget to look into the disadvantages, you may be setting yourself up for failure.

  • November 15, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    Although many people have a different opinion about the subject, homeschooling software has become popular for many different reasons. Lots of situations call for different solutions, and it isn’t any different when it comes to homeschooling. For this reason, homeschooling software has come into the picture and is here to stay.

    How is Homeschooling Software Used?

    The software can be purchased and used at home as an educational tool, or it can be used by participating in an online homeschooling program. In either case, it’s important for parents to supervise the school time of children, but homeschooling software would take care of all the essentials in general education. Reading material, course studies, instructional video and homework along with testing is all part of homeschooling software.

    What homeschooling software does not do but should be implemented by the parents themselves, is offer on hands learning in the way of field trips, experiments, playing music or doing art projects to name a few.

    Using Homeschooling Software Via an Education Program Online

    This option would require a tuition fee, and sometimes even an enrollment fee. However parents don’t have to invest in the homeschooling software used through the homeschooling program. Everything is taken care of, and progress reports as well as grades are documented and shared with parents.

    Keep in mind that homeschooling over the Internet still requires parent involvement in order for it to be successful. There are sometimes tutoring programs in addition to the general education programs offered through homeschooling programs online, which helps to enhance the learning experience for kids, especially in grade school.

    Purchasing Homeschooling Software for Use at Home

    This option may be more expensive up front depending on the quality of the homeschooling software you choose to purchase, but it can be well worth it. Using homeschooling software at home is ideal for parents who plan to be home with their children and assist with homeschooling, but don’t have the expertise or experience they feel they should have to create a complete school program themselves.

    Many times, this software helps to inspire parents and give them ideas to help broaden and enlighten their children’s learning experience, making the software that much more valuable.

    Some parents choose to use homeschooling software for part of a school day, and then finish up the day on their own. This works well too, as the software can pick up the slack where a parent might not be as skilled in teaching. In the end, it’s thought that homeschooling software can benefit a child’s schooling at home no matter what the situation is.

  • October 29, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    Homeschooling, as an effective educational program, has undergone numerous debates. In fact, opinions are equally divided between the pros and the cons. Homeschooling, indeed, offers benefits for the child but like many things, there are also some downsides to implementing the program. It is therefore best to know the pros and cons before you get your kid into the program. It is up to the parents to sift through the positives and the negatives of homeschooling.

    Pros

    Flexible structure

    One of the things that puts homeschooling in stellar position is the fact that it is highly flexible and dynamic. Unlike traditional curriculum which is fixed, the homeschooling system allows changes, in fact it encourages them.

    Tailor-fit to the child

    Because of the fluid structure of homeschooling programs, the lessons can be tailor-fitted to the child’s capability, pace and learning style. There is no pressure to keep up with the lesson of the day and students can start or finish their lessons any time of the day.

    More practical learning activities

    Homescholing is an unstructured educational program, which allows for more freedom in terms of learning activities. Parents can actually decide on what to do to better teach the subject. This means that there can be more unstructured learning exercises such as visits to zoos or museums.

    Cons

    Lacking in social interaction

    One of the downsides of homeschooling program is the fact that it lacks the social component, which teaches the child to interact with other people. This is especially needed during the stage when the social and communication skills of children are just developing. To supplement the absence of this component, some parents organize social activities for their children.

    Time constraints

    Although time is rarely a factor in homeschooling because of the lack of a structure, it only applies to the children. It will be time consuming for the parents, some of which have to leave their work to go full time in teaching their children. Remember that you have to be with your homeschooling child all through out his or her lesson. In addition, a lot of time need to be given to correcting worksheets and making visuals.

    Money problems

    Although there is actually no tuition fee for a homeschooling program, the money problems come in when one of the marriage partner has to leave work to teach the child. Remember that homeschooling can take so much time. For parents who both have careers, sacrificing one source of income can be pretty hard for the whole family.