Monday, November 20, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschooling



When you’re making the decision whether or not to homeschool your children, you may have lots of questions weighing on your mind. Let me ease your anxiety by answering some of these frequently asked questions about homeschooling.  

Will my child be able to socialize with other children their age? 

Homeschooling offers so much flexibility, so the amount of socialization your child receives is entirely up to you. Check out community homeschooling groups. These will also help you find advocates and amazing families to share resources with. In addition, you may find classes and events at museums, zoos, libraries, and even businesses around the area. This will give you a chance to have your children interact with other homeschooled children.  

Will my child still take standardized tests? 

Currently, testing protocol for homeschool students is up to the state board of education. Some states require homeschool students to take the traditional standardized tests either at home or in a structured school setting. Other states allow different materials to be submitted as proof that objectives and standards are met.

Can I afford to homeschool? 

Depending on your budget, you can spend a lot or a little on curriculum materials for your homeschool. The largest expense is usually having a parent stay home or work a different job in order to teach their child at home. Even parents that work from home may need to adapt their working hours. Of course, homeschooling allows flexibility in time for both parents and students. The school day does not have to run from 8am to 3pm. You can do what’s best for your child’s needs and your family’s budget.  

Can my homeschool student go to college? 

Homeschool students are subject to the same college entrance requirements as traditionally educated students. Just make sure to check the requirements for the college they wish to attend as far as courses required and college entrance exam types (usually ACT and/or SAT) and scores.

Am I qualified to teach homeschool? 

You know your child better than anyone else. Enlist the help of homeschool parents in your community, look online for content and free courses, and seek out additional knowledge to help your child. You can learn together, and you may find that your child is motivated to find out information beyond the curriculum on their own.  

 

What if my child hates homeschooling? 

Consider your motivation in homeschooling your child. Is it for religious reasons? Are you concerned about bullying or school violence? Do you feel like you can best meet your child’s needs at home? Homeschooling may be a temporary or a permanent choice for your family depending on the situation. If your child has always attended a traditional school, expect them to have some difficulty transitioning. Knowing that it is ultimately your decision, include your child in the process. Let them voice their concerns, and share why you are making this decision. Include them in curriculum design process, and let them know you love them. They may learn to love homeschool; give it time.

Whether or not you’ve officially decided to homeschool, review these frequently asked questions about homeschooling to help in your process.

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