Sometimes taking that first step is the hardest. What roadblocks have kept you from making the decision to educate your children at home? Trust that these roadblocks will be removed. Finally, prayerfully, read on. Hopefully, by addressing some of the common homeschooling issues your roadblocks will become pebbles under your feet!
How much does it cost to educate your children at home? How much do you want to budget? Sure, you can spend the cost of private school tuition per year in homeschooling expenses. But you can just as easily spend very little. An expensive curriculum will not guarantee “success.”
- Higher Education
Worried that your children will have a hard time getting into college if you homeschool? Fear not! Homeschoolers are not only being accepted into the colleges of their choice, their acceptance rate by desirable colleges and universities exceeds that of the general public.
Do you love your children with all of your heart? Are you willing to put the needs of your children before your own, including their educational needs? Then you’re qualified!
- Salt and Light
As Christians, we pray our children will be salt and light in the world. But will they become effective witnesses by observing and being apprenticed by their Christian parents and other Christians, or by observing and being apprenticed by their peers?
As more and more parents choose to homeschool, the concerns by critics over this issue have been largely laid to rest.
There are parents, who because of their circumstances, find it difficult to squeeze one more hour out of a day. However, it is very easy to overestimate the amount of time it takes to educate our children at home.
- Am I Really Supposed to be Homeschooling?
“I believe that God is doing a wonderful work in homeschool families. Society has failed families in many ways. The world has led women to believe their value is in the workplace, rather than in the home. It has led parents to believe that children will be behind if they don’t go to preschool to prepare for public school. Society has led people to think only professional teachers with education degrees are capable of teaching children. Those misconceptions have sent families in all different directions with very little time together. Our time with our children is a precious gift.” Heart-felt article on the benefits of homeschooling by Nancy Carter.
- Answering the Critics
As homeschoolers, we all face a certain amount of criticism. When you swim against the tide you tend to develop a hard shell. Sometimes it may seem that a really smart comeback would be handy. Responding “Nanny-nanny-poo-poo! I’m right; you’re wrong!” might make you feel better but the long-term benefits are dubious.
- Don’t Miss It – The Blessings of Homeschooling
Article by Christa Sterken covering several commonly heard responses as to why some may not think they want to homeschool their children, and the benefits of doing so. Home School Enrichment magazine.
- Home Schooling Works!
Just the facts! A 1998 homeschool study by Dr. Rudner.
- Homeschool Progress Report 2009: Academic Achievement and Demographics
“The most comprehensive study of homeschool academic achievement to date.”
- Homeschool With Confidence
“So you think you want to homeschool? Who do you think you are? Do you have a teaching degree, the patience of Job, perfectly well behaved children, and an immaculate home? No? Well, you’ll fit right in with the rest of us then!” Encouragement from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.
- Homeschooling: A Growing Option in American Education
A brief look at homeschooling outcomes from the Heritage Foundation.
- Homeschooling Grows Up
Results of a 2003 survey of home-educated adults.
- Homeschooling: Helping Children Achieve Academic and Personal Success
9-page download from Calvert School detailing the benefits of homeschooling — from academic performance to socialization, lifestyle, and gender differences. ”Active parenting and close involvement in the homeschool environment encourages all children to learn and succeed regardless of age, race or even economic status. In fact, college programs are beginning to actively seek out homeschooled students as they are more academically prepared for higher learning.”
- How Homeschooling Has Benefited My Life
Written by a homeschool graduate, outlines the benefits of homeschooling including basic life skills, an edge in the workforce, a godly foundation, and time and space to develop skills in an advanced way. “So instead of asking myself, ‘How has homeschooling benefited my life?’ I prefer to ask myself, ‘How hasn’t homeschooling benefited my life?’”
- A Major Force in Education – Homeschooling in America
“As president of a seminary and college, I can attest to the fact that questions about the educational aptitude of homeschooled students are now settled. These students can hold their own as compared to students from all other educational backgrounds. One other fact speaks loudly to me concerning their education. Most of the homeschooled students I meet at the college and graduate levels indicate an eager determination to homeschool their own children when that time comes.” – Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Trained to Be a Homeschool Mama
Article by Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, discussing some less-frequently mentioned positives of homeschooling. “I don’t remember being this inquisitive in school. Nor do I recall my friends with imaginations like his. And it’s not just my family. This ‘ever-curiousness’ seems to be somewhat the norm in homeschool families.”