Friday, March 08, 2013

Homeschooling

Although homeschool statistics inform us on the number of homeschoolers and the increase from year to year, the best indicator for me is the number of families attending our state homeschool convention each year.  I was amazed at the huge number of families that filled the resort hotel at our last convention.  A few reasons families homeschool may be discouragement with the public schools, the cost of private schools, safety concerns, personal or faith convictions, special needs.  Your reasons may even change over time.  We homeschool for many reasons...but that's another blog post.

While parents have options of educating children at either a public school or private school, if you choose to homeschool, you also have options.  You can choose to attend a co-op or an educational program for homeschoolers, which is usually once a week.  Another option for homeschoolers is an umbrella school. Or you can simply choose your own homeschooling method for your family to do on your own at home.  

Just to name a few homeschool methods, we have the eclectic, literature-based, classical, textbook-based, notebooking, unschooling, classical, unit study, computer-based or online, and lastly there's the Charlotte Mason.  These are just a few.  I'm sure I missed some.  You can also choose to combine some of these, as we do.  The important thing is that you find what works best for your family.

1 comment:

Annie Kate said...

We use an eclectic range of homeschooling methods too. I love exploring them all.

Different methods just seem to work better at different times and for different children.

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