Ask This When Homeschooling Your Children

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about three percent of children were homeschooled in 2011 to 2012. Homeschooled students are children between the ages of five to 17 who receive academic instruction at home. In fact, parents can choose between either part-time or full-time home schooling. Over 90 percent of parents choose to homeschool their children over concerns about the local school environments. Below answers some of the most common questions asked about homeschooling children.

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  1. AskThisWhen on December 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Why homeschool your children?

    There is often more than one reason why parents and children choose a home-based education. Many parents aren’t just concerned about crowded schools, unsafe conditions or poor academic standards. Instead, these parents want to offer their children a customized curriculum that will provide an enhanced learning environment for every child. That is, parents will be able to formulate and perfect the most beneficial and engaging instruction style and learning structure for each child. As a result, homeschooled children will be able to academically accomplish more at home than in schools. Homeschooling children will naturally strengthen family relationships between parents and siblings. This in turn provides ample opportunities to teach children meaningful values and lifelong skills.

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  2. AskThisWhen on December 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Will homeschooling impede my child’s academic progress?

    Many critics of homeschooling mistakenly think that a home-based education isn’t as good as a public-based education with licensed teachers and formal classrooms. However, research clearly shows that homeschooling results in enhanced academic performance. According to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), homeschoolers typically perform better than students in public schools by at least 30 percent in every single subject. In fact, some research shows that children who are homeschooled for their entire school life obtain the highest academic achievements. Even more astonishing, the average annual cost of homeschooling per student is over 500 dollars, compared to over 5,000 dollars for public school. Clearly, more money does not directly result in higher quality education.

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  3. AskThisWhen on December 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Will homeschooling impede my child’s social progress?

    Many parents are understandably apprehensive about homeschooling interfering with proper social development. However, many homeschooled children report that they are actually more self-confident and comfortable socializing with others. Keep in mind that most public schools are crowded with excluding social cliques which results in anxiety and self-esteem issues. However, homeschooling means that children will learn appropriate social behavior from their parent or siblings. Even better, the homeschooled students will be more interested and motivated to engage in extracurricular social activities, such as sports or music.

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  4. AskThisWhen on December 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    What are the drawbacks of homeschooling?

    While there are excellent advantages to homeschooling, there are certain disadvantages. For example, homeschooling will require that one parent or caretaker stay home, which will result in a loss of income. This is very challenging for larger families that need double incomes. Thus, parents may struggle to adjust their career goals or work schedules. Parents may also face criticism from friends or family members who worry about the proper development of the children. Parents may also struggle to help meet their child’s academic needs. Finally, extroverted children who dislike staying at home will also struggle with the homeschooling structure.

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  5. AskThisWhen on December 7, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    How do I start homeschooling my children?

    The good news is that there are plenty of online resources available for homeschooling. First, parents should verify their state’s legal requirements through the state’s Department of Education or homeschool association. This is important because certain states require parents to register as a private school while other states require that homeschooled children take standardized state tests. Next, parents should become involved with local and online homeschool communities. They will provide excellent advice, direction and resources. Finally, parents should explore the websites of the Home School Legal Defense Association and the National Home Education Research Institute.

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