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The 3 Biggest Homeschooling Questions .........

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Are answered here in this article.

I dedicate this article to all those who may need some tools in your arsenols of defence for those that give you a difficult time. 

The Big Questions


The BIG Questions
Is it legal?

Michael Farris HSLDA Chairman & General Counsel

“Because the United States Constitution is the highest law of the land, homeschooling has always been legal in all 50 states,” says Michael Farris. “It has been a bit of a fight to get the various members of the education and social services establishment to accept that fact, but great progress has been made. Currently about two-thirds of the states have specific laws authorizing and regulating homeschooling. In the balance of the states, homeschoolers may legally operate as a small private school or provide ‘equivalent instruction.’ The details vary considerably from state to state and opinions about the law vary from district to district. What does not vary is HSLDA’s commitment to the constitutional right to teach one’s children at home.” For a summary of your state’s homeschool law or regulation, go to 
www.hslda.org/laws

I don’t have a teaching degree. Can I really teach my child?



Yes, research and practical experience show that it is dedication and hard work, not special training, that produce outstanding educational results in a homeschool setting. (See Figure 1 to the right.)
HOW DO I DO IT?
Where do I find curriculum and materials?
There’s an ever-increasing variety of curriculum—from traditional textbooks to homeschool-specific curriculum and correspondence courses. Thankfully, experienced homeschool moms have put together review guides, saving newcomers time and frustration. Just two such guides are Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started Homeschooling series* and Cathy Duffy’s two volume 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum for Your Child.

Start by contacting homeschooling veterans in your local and/or state support group—ask what they have tried, what has or has not worked for them, and why. You need to get to know your child’s learning style. (See Useful Tips.) Attend a couple of homeschool seminars and curriculum fairs where you can look at your options firsthand. To find a support group or state homeschool convention near you, visitHSLDA's website.

How much time does it take?
A lot less than you think. Homeschooled students don't have to take time to change classes or travel to and from a school, so they can proceed at their own pace. In elementary years especially, parents and children often find that they may only need a few hours to accomplish their work for the day.

“Many homeschooled teens supplement their education with community college classes, taking over the direction of their education much earlier than other kids their age.”

Fox News,“First Wave of
Homeschoolers Comes of Age,”
April 5, 2002


What if I have several children in different grade levels?
You'll be surprised at the subjects that can span grade levels. Certain curricula lend themselves to multilevel teaching. You can design your program so that older children work independently in the morning while you work individually with younger children, and then while younger children take naps in the afternoon, you can have one-on-one time with older students.

What about my child's special needs?
Thousands of families are homeschooling children whose special needs range from Attention Deficit Disorder to severe multiple handicaps. Parents often find that when they bring these children home to be educated, they come out of the “deep freeze” that has kept them from making significant progress. Gone are the comparisons, labels, social pressures, and distractions that a regular classroom may bring. Parents can offer their children individualized education, flexibility, encouragement, and support, which may be ideal for children who are learning-disabled, medically sensitive, or attention-deficit. HSLDA offers resources and help atwww.hslda.org/strugglinglearner.
ARE YOU SURE I WON’T RUIN MY KIDS?
What about socialization & special interests/enrichment activities?



Research has found that most homeschooled students are involved in a wide variety of outside activities, interact with a broad spectrum of people, and make positive contributions to their communities. Experience has shown that homeschoolers are well socialized and able to make lasting friendships across age and cultural divides. (See Figure 2 at right.)

Homeschoolers “are the epitome of Brown students,” says Dean Joyce Reed. “They are self-directed, they take risks, and they don’t back off.”
Brown Alumni Magazine,
“Homeschooling Comes of Age,” January/Feburary 2002.

"We've got a whole lot of falsehoods associated with schooling," says J. Gary Knowles, a University of Toronto researcher. . . . "We have . . . weird rites of passage that are . . . quite dysfunctional."

Knowles has found homeschoolers to be more self-reliant and focused. "They're able to move into adulthood with a much better sense of self and have a very good sense as to what they want to do," he said. . . . "Where did we ever get the idea that 2,000 13-year-olds were the ideal people with which to socialize other 13-year-olds?" . . .

Fox News,“First Wave of
Homeschoolers Comes of Age,”
April 5, 2002

What about the high school years?
Homeschooling your child through high school offers great benefits for parents and students. Sure, there will be challenges such as more difficult subject matter. On the other hand, your high schooler requires less supervision and can take increasing charge of his own education. You can do it, and HSLDA wants to help you! Check out the great resources atwww.hslda.org/highschool. HSLDA’s two high school coordinators—moms who’ve graduated their own children from high school at home—bring a wealth of experience and friendly advice to share with member families who are navigating these challenging, yet exciting years.

What about a diploma, graduation, & college?
Homeschool graduates closely parallel their public school counterparts—about two-thirds go on to post-secondary education, and one-third directly into the job market. (Brian Ray,Strengths of Their Own—Home Schoolers Across America, NHERI, 1997.)

Homeschool students who have utilized community colleges for foreign language, lab science, or higher mathematics courses discover as an added bonus that these course credits make it easier to enroll in four-year colleges after high school graduation. (See "Making a transcript" under Useful Tips.)


by on Mar. 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM
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usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM
1 mom liked this

 That's a good idea!

Quoting kirbymom:

That was what I was thinking too. I am beginning to think that we should a a poster mascot that shows what we are all about.  

Quoting usmom3:

 This is going to be a great help for our newer members.


 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 19, 2013 at 3:58 PM

This post is another one that I thought should have a glancing through again. :)  

irvinehiker
by Andrea on Mar. 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM
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This is a great article!  Thanks for bumping, I missed it the first time around.  IDK where I was...

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