Quick! Let’s play a game. I will write a simple statement and you, the reader, think of the first thing that comes to mind. Here we go…. I HOMESCHOOL MY CHILDREN. Now, if I had to guess, the picture in your head is a dining room or kitchen table with me sitting on one side and the children sitting on the other. We have textbooks. … Continue reading Homeschooling 101: My Dining Room Table Isn’t a Schoolroom and Other Ways to Teach the Kiddos
There is a term used among homeschoolers. It is Unschooling. AKA Unschooler. Unschooled. To Unschool. Depending on who uses it, the word can have many different reactions. For example: I once told somebody I unschooled my children and the response I received was, “Well, that’s fine. But I want my children to be able to survive in the real world if I die.” Or, “Well, … Continue reading Homeschooling 101: What is UN School-ing??
What about socialization? “Homeschoolers are just a bit weird. The one that lives next door to me is odd. I worry he’s not going to be able to make it in the real world.” Please stick with me for a minute….thinking back to the good old days when you, the reader, went to high school – was everybody normal? Can’t think of one single different … Continue reading Homeschooling 101: Socialization
Based on information from the U.S. Department of Education, about 2 million students are homeschooled. If you ask the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), they will tell you the numbers are possibly even higher. But regardless, homeschooled students make up almost four percent of the current school age population , K – 12th grade. ***Also, let me define “homeschool”. This is a student that does not … Continue reading Homeschooling 101: The Truth in Numbers