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.
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There are many different reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children. This article is a list of the top 10 most popular reasons that I have come across throughout my years of homeschooling.
Some states are quite liberal when it comes to homeschooling, but others have strict requirements. It is important to know your state’s requirements before beginning to homeschool, as some states require curriculum approval and/or home evaluations.