If you're interested in homeschooling, you're not alone! Over 2,000,000 American children learn at home today, and millions of families are considering this option for their children.
Homeschooling is more manageable than many people realize and offers a wealth of benefits. Common benefits reported by homeschoolers include:
- Very low-cost
- Highly customized education to meet the needs of individual children. This allows kids to go at a pace that works for them, to learn by methods that suit their style, and to address the subjects they are most interested in so they are motivated to learn.
- Safe, nourishing environment
- More exposure to children of different ages
- Closer family bonds
- Encourages kids to be self-reliant, self-directed, and to think for themselves.
- Fosters a love of learning
- Preserves parental authority over how a child is educated and the values they are taught.
- Avoids negative influences commonly found in public schools: peer pressure, ostracizing, bullying, violence, and irresponsible behavior.
Here are some of the issues that people new to homeschool are advised to explore:
- How to get started
- Curricula, books, and other learning materials for homeschoolers
- Classes for homeschoolers
- Laws affecting homeschool
- "Ticketing" - how homeschoolers get into college, find jobs, or otherwise move successfully into their next stage of life
Here's some links to get you started exploring these issues:
National Home Education Network
Home Education Magazine
Approaches to Homeschooling from HomeTaught.com
List of resources provided by the Alliance for the Separation of School and State
You might also want to explore the possibility of forming or joining a homeschool cooperative in your area.
There are thousands of other homeschool resources on the Internet. Find more by using your favorite search engine such as www.google.com and searching on keywords such as "homeschool organizations". Add your state or geographic area to the search string to find organizations in your area.
Please note that the intent of this web page is to present a variety of approaches to homeschooling such as religious and non-religious, structured and "unschooling" so that you will find the one that serves your family best.
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