You're considering homeschooling, but you're not certain it will work for you and your family.
Well, allow me to start with two seemingly contradictory comments:
1) Anyone can homeschool, and I believe that almost everyone should.
2) You are wise to ask as many questions as you can about whether or not homeschooling will work for you and your family.
Let me reconcile these two comments.
Yes, you can homeschool.
by Charmaine Wistad
So, it’s time to think about getting back to the school year routine. Remembering back to last year, you may be hoping that this year you will be better organized and your day will run more smoothly. Here are some ideas to get you started in the right direction.
ROUTINE is a key word here! Homeschoolers can get by with a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants agenda for only so long. Take the time to PLAN a routine, write it down and then do your best to stick to it.
by Steven David Horwich
Usually, when I watch a movie or TV show, I recognize that moment in the tale when things have gone right for the hero. You know, that instant when good triumphs? When evil is vanquished? When someone gets the cat down from the tree and all is right with the world?
The following is an excerpt from Mr. Horwich’s new book, Not Alternative Education – Universal Private Education. This is part four of his article, Homeschooling in the 21st Century. It deals with ways to help develop successful goals in homeschooling
As a homeschool parent, you’re looking for the best ways to prepare your student to do what he wants with his life, while staying within your means.
Merriam-Webster defines a goal as “the end toward which effort is directed; aim.” Setting goals gives purpose to the daily work you are doing as a homeschooler. What goals should be considered for a homeschool student? There are many considerations that must be made before making goals.
Know your Homeschool Laws
by Steven David Horwich
Homeschooling today is looked upon as an “alternative educational” approach. Teachers, teachers unions, politicians and their buddies have worked very hard to try to convince us that homeschool is not “normal”, not “standard”. It is presented as “fringe” education. Who homeschools? We are told by “authorities” that it’s largely religious fanatics and “problem children” that were considered too dangerous or slow for schooling.
by Suzanne Wielgos
Many of you may have heard about the recent attempt by a small group of legislators in the state of Illinois to impose far-reaching new restrictions on the practice of homeschooling within our state. As we worked almost non-stop over a span of about two weeks to mount a respectful but firm protest, I learned that some old stereotypes about homeschoolers still exist.
In this series of articles we will shred some light on what the National Standards of Education are as of 2011 and what it all means. Check with your local state laws to see what the state requirements are. Common questions asked by new homeschoolers; “What am I required to teach? What should my child know at a specific age and how do I know they are on track with their peers.” This series will help you answer those questions.
Kindergarten National Standards