Home education, or homeschooling, is a preferred educational choice for millions of households in the United States and is as diverse as the many students that are increasingly taught in a homeschool environment. Reasons for educating children at home often stem from a desire to provide a more individualized and tailored approach to education and can include religious reasons, special education needs or ‘unschooling’ philosophies.
If you are researching and trying to decide if this method of education is right for you and your child, you may be surprised at just how much there is to know. Once you’ve decided on a methodology of instruction, there are curriculum choices to make. And before you decide on a curriculum, there are education laws to learn about to ensure your program will meet the requirements of the particular state you live in. Once you do begin homeschooling, if you are providing the bulk of the instruction yourself, there’s even more to learn about, from time management and scheduling, to curriculum ideas, to juggling both formal and informal education, and the dual roles of both teacher and parent.
You can remove some of the trial and error by utilizing the wealth of information and advice found at Bright Hub Education. Written and vetted by experienced homeschooling parents, you will find guidance that walks you through those first steps all the way through to college transition. Visit often, ask questions in the comment section, and discuss current topics with other homeschoolers, just like you.
Are you fed up with the state of education today? Many parents are, as evidenced by the rapid growth of homeschooling in the past several years. Today the homeschooling movement is more diverse than ever. Just take a look at some of the statistics.
When making the decision on whether or not to homeschool, you may feel that teaching them in your home will limit their opportunities to be involved in non-academic pursuits. Although they may take some effort to find, there are plenty of options available for homeschoolers.
As the mother of three young boys, one of my biggest hesitations about diving in and homeschooling my oldest was this: What will I do with the other two while I am working with the oldest? While it is still a struggle at times, I have found some strategies that work.
It is essential for a child to build a strong literacy foundation in their early years in order to become a lifelong reader. After researching and speaking with other homeschool moms, I came across Explode the Code, a phonics based approach to building literacy skills. Will it work for your child?
Stressed out trying to come up with the right techniques and resources to teach your dyslexic child? Calm down! We have several tips, curriculum and more that will make homeschooling your dyslexic child fun and rewarding.
Tired of teaching the same mundane lessons day after day? Looking for an exciting homeschool curriculum that meets the needs of children with different learning styles or disabilities? Oak Meadow Curriculum accomodates all learning styles and provides an IEP to students with learning disabilities.
WiloStar3D is an accredited online homeschooling program using virtual worlds and an integrated curriculum. Its courses adhere to established content standards and demand both collaboration and independence from students, combining the best of innovative technology and traditional learning.
Odds are you homeschool because you want your children to get the very best education you can give them. If you are a Christian homeschooler, you also want them to have an education that is founded on a Christian worldview. Here’s a collection of resources, teaching tips and curricula to help you.
DVD curriculum is a great technology to add to your homeschool. Our Bright Hub experts have reviewed materials in every subject for you. Check out our recommendations for the best selections of DVDs for teaching homeschool.
I have a lot of beefs with public school – even though some of my good friends teach public school. It’s a great place for some kids. However, for my kid, the best place for learning has been at home. Here’s why I chose to homeschool my son, and some of these reasons may help you do so as well.
A Canadian study has shown that kids who are homeschooled are, on the whole, smarter than kids who attend public school. These findings are not surprising, but they do support the decision one will make to homeschool their kids. Learn why you should make the jump to teaching your kids at home.
Whether you are a new homeschooler trying to move from overwhelmed to organized, or a veteran who would like some fresh ideas, this series of articles will have something for you. Check here for ideas on scheduling, creating portfolios, and many other topics.
Unschooling has the reputation for being a lazy option for parents. Although this method is very different from structured home education, unschooling has the potential to provide children with a fine education while encouraging a love of learning. Find out here why some people don’t think so.
Many parents find homeschooling a child with special needs provides the right amount of structure and attention for that child to thrive. Of course, this endeavor is not without it’s challenges! Get some help and advice meeting your child’s needs in a homeschooled setting.
What tests are mandatory for homeschoolers? Why do parents voluntarily assess thier children? Use this handy guide to answer all your questions about the importance of homeschool testing and assessment.
Is there one mathematical formula that works for getting your child to understand math? Stop your homeschool arithmetic struggles! Enjoy teaching your kids from numbers to algebra. Transform your math lessons with tips you will find in this comprehensive guide to math curriculum and ideas.
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states but the variance in state laws from state to state can sometimes be confusing. Unfamiliarity with local homeschool laws can even result in truancy charges. Your knowledge of laws governing home-based learning is tested with this short quiz.
There are tons of opportunities for social activities when it comes to homeschooling. Don’t let the much dreaded question scare you away from meeting your family’s educational goals. “Socialization” doesn’t have to be a dirty word – and who knows, you may have a lot of fun too!