Is Homeschooling legal?
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, the requirements states impose on homeschoolers varies greatly. You can view a list of Christian homeschool organizations in each state here. Please contact the organization in your state for specific information on homeschooling legally. We originally intended to print the contact information for Departments of Education in every sate as well, but found that all states are not homeschool-friendly, encouraging, or supportive. Therefore we recommend that your first contact be with who are already homeschooling in your state and share the same Christian values and goals for their children.
What about socialization?
This is a question you will hear a lot from those who don’t homeschool. Socialization can mean different things to different people, so it is probably a good idea to ask for a definition of “socialization” before attempting to answer this question. If socialization means… How much contact do homeschooled children have with other children? Well, that depends entirely on your personal preferences and your family’s lifestyle. Homeschooling provides lots of freedom, and this freedom can allow you to take advantage of the many opportunities in your community to get involved with other homeschoolers. Homeschooling like everything else in life is what you make it. The truth is that public school sets children in an environment where interaction does not reflect the “real” world, and home school children as a rule tend to be better socialized, more comfortable speaking in public, more active in community service, and more comfortable interacting with adults and other children outside their own age groups than their public schooled peers.
Are You qualified to teach your children?
God chose you to be your child’s parent and their first teacher. You know your child better and love your child more than anyone. You are the best person to teach your child. Parental involvement in education is the single most important factor affecting the success of a child’s education… a fact that ironically has for years been espoused by some of home schooling’s biggest opponents.
What are some of the benefits homeschooled children experience?
A more relaxed lifestyle, positive socialization , increased self-esteem, increased interaction in the community, closer family relationships, development of independent thinking , learning at their own pace, freedom and time to follow their own interests; time to think, observe, and imagine.
What about teaching subjects I know nothing about?
You do not have to know everything there is to know about a particular subject to teach it to your child. You do have to be comfortable learning along with your child. You do have to facilitate exploration and research in those areas you where you are not well versed, and incorporate the expertise of others into the homeschooling experience. There is a wealth of free resources out there to help you. Don’t know a thing about the weather? Check your phone book for a local meteorological society. Is math your fear? Check with a local university; they probably have students who would be willing to tutor in exchange for typing or a home cooked family meal. One of the most valuable lessons you can teach you child is how to research and find the answers. They will learn this as they watch you. Don’t be afraid to say to your child ” I don’t know… let’s find out together!”