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Homeschooling – It is what you make it.

  • Jan 28, 2010

Tonight my son, Stanley, went to a meeting about his upcoming highschool graduation. He never attended public school. He is in his 5th semester at the University of North Alabama as an early scholar and will graduate highschool with around 30 college credits. For the last 6 years, his older sister, Jocelyn, has been handling most all facets of homeschooling him and his younger sister, Tempest. It was a family decision. When I separated from their dad, I had to work. We have never received any child support. My job and then my school were the priorities for me because it was the only solution we could see to keep us from starving. The kids had never been to school except for the oldest who only went through first grade. My youngest is in her 3rd semester as an early scholar at the University of Alabama. We have taken advantage of the academic capability of the internet and local colleges. I have a strong belief that education is the key to surviving and I have passed that along to my children. We have faced our share of ridicule, from family for homeschooling, from people in general and from other homeschoolers when I no longer could be the traditional homeschooling mom. That is one of the wonderful things about homeschooling. We did it our way. The things that worked for us were created by us. Our curriculum was usually in some part canned curriculum, in other words bought for that grade. But my oldest especially likes to combine brands of curriculum into an eclectic mix. Homeschooling is not for everyone. In fact, it isn't for most people. For us, it has been a lifestyle more than a structured learning process. It was a decision I have had to staunchly defend over the years but not one I will ever regret. I got to spend time with them I wouldn't have had when they were small. Now that they are entering adulthood, the benefits are tangible. I have been gone from home for most of the last three months. My fiancée is there for them but for the most part they are self sufficient adults. They know what needs to be accomplished and they do it. That's the biggest benefit for us. I wanted them to learn how to manage themselves as adults. That was one of biggest lessons I stressed when they were small. Academics without self-discipline isn't of much value to me. If you aren't a homeschooler, that's fine. I have the greatest respect for teachers. Their job is a thankless one for the most part. But, don't say it can't be done or homeschoolers can't go on to college. It's actually easier for us than the traditional student. If you are a homeschooler, that's fine too. Take advantage of the great opportunities created by your decision. You won't regret it.

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January 28, 2010
Congratulations. Sounds like you made the right decision in your case. Homeschooling is an option that more and more parents seems to be considering. As your story confirms there is certainly a place for it in this country..
January 28, 2010
Yeay, another homeschooling family on Lunch! My daughter is turning one tomorrow and before she was born we have chosen to homeschool. It was a very clear choice for us, especially with the sad state of public schools these days. I constantly see high school graduates come out of school completely unprepared for the real world (I am generalizing of course) - don't want that for my kids. I am excited to be with my daughter through this and watch her grow and not miss all those moments. Though financially it will be tough, I know it will be worth it in the end. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! It is encouraging :)
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A great option for those who want to be involved in their child's education hands on and to enjoy the benefits of one-on-one academics!
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I'm usually thinking out of the box. I have been a homeschooler for about 15 or so years with 3 children in college,1 dual enrolled in highschool. I ran my own business as a family entertainer / birthday … more
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Homeschooling or homeschool (also called home education or home learning) is the education of children at home, typically by parents but sometimes by tutors, rather than in other formal settings of public or private school. Although prior to the introduction of compulsory school attendance laws, most childhood education occurred within the family or community, homeschooling in the modern sense is an alternative in developed countries to formal education.

Homeschooling is a legal option in many places for parents to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to publicly-provided schools. Parents cite numerous reasons as motivations to homeschool, including better academic test results, poor public school environment, improved character/morality development, and objections to what is taught locally in public school. It may be a factor in the choice of parenting style. It is also an alternative for families living in isolated rural locations or living temporarily abroad.

Homeschooling may also refer to instruction in the home under the supervision of correspondence schools or umbrella schools. In some places, an approved curriculum is legally required if children are to be home-schooled. A curriculum-free philosophy of homeschooling may be called unschooling, a term coined in 1977 by American educator John Holt in his magazine Growing Without Schooling.
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