There are many myths about homeschooling. From children not being well adjusted to the parenting abilities of those running a homeschool, these myths are based on how homeschooling used to be in the past as well as misconceptions about how homeschooled children interact with the world. It is important to remember that not only is homeschooling very different than it was decades ago, but these myths are just that, myths that are untrue.
Now, there are so many opportunities to interact with other children in a variety of ways. In addition to homeschool groups, there are co-ops, field trips, enrichment classes, and dual enrollment to keep your child active and engaged. In addition to this, there are many more resources available to give parents extra tools to help their children succeed.
One of those resoruces is me. I have a plethora of tools in my toolbox to assist you on your journey to provide the best education for your child. Whether it be supplemental education plans to a crafted plan for their entire education to be through homeschooling, I hope you are able to find guidance through my individual consultations, workshops, and more.
Statistic on Homeschooling
An estimated 3.4 million or more U.S. adults have been homeschooled for at least one year of their K-12 years. On average though they were homeschooled for 7 years.
Those who are homeschooled typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.
Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.
Current research shows that those who are homeschooled are typically doing above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.
As adults, those who were home-schooled have been found to participate in community service and vote more frequently than the average population. They also go to and graduate from college at an equal to higher rate than the general popualtion.
From personalized learning plans to supplemental education or lifeskills, get in touch with me today on an education caonsultation for your child or group.
Why I Homeschool
Before I begin, here's my commitment to you- I will always be respectful of your choice. As much as I love homeschooling, I realize it isn't for everyone. Know that you will never be judged for making the best decision for your family. I just want to help you with whatever works best for you and yours while sharing what has worked best for me and mine.
Like many families, when our oldest was 3, we began looking at schools. We gathered information on early childhood programs and potential schools for children his age. When considering what was offered, I wasn’t drawn to any of the options for various reasons including meeting his educational needs, the disproportionate number of black boys in Special Ed, and wanting more time to instill our family values. While it didn't make my top three reasons, the lifestyle of traditional school wasn't appealing. I had a 5-month-old at the time and waking up the baby to bring the oldest to school, returning home for a few hours and waking up the baby again to pick up my oldest was a huge turn off. All of those reasons made me contemplate homeschooling. When I proposed the topic to Derrick, he was hesitant. His initial concerns included socialization, my commitment to the process and his example for our kids. After reading several books on homeschooling and praying for guidance, we had a few more conversations. I acknowledged and addressed Derrick’s concerns. Fortunately, homeschooling changed over the past 30+ years, and parents no longer homeschooled in isolation. Quite the opposite, there are so many groups, co-ops, classes, and opportunities to interact with other kids during the day that it can be a struggle to make time for academics. I have many passions and I’m always drawn to the next new thing, so wondering about my commitment was valid. The compromise was that we would re-evaluate the decision on an annual basis to ensure that we were both satisfied with the progress that we were making. Finally, regarding his example, we discussed that school doesn’t necessarily change personalities. He was quiet when he started and finished school and I was quite the opposite. Neither of our school experiences changed who we were as individuals. When Derrick and I married and talked about our future, homeschooling was not on the radar. AT ALL! Fortunately, I was open to the idea-- it's been on of our best parental decisions.
"Homeschooling provides our children plenty of time to complete academics and extra curricular activities leaving plenty of time to play."
"Homeschooling does not have to happen in your home with only your children. It can, but it does not have to. The flexibility of homeschooling is appealing to our family."