Thursday, December 27, 2007

6 Fundamental Question To Ask Yourself When Considering Homeschooling

Despite the fact that Homeschooling is now legal in every state, the decision to homeschool your children is not one that you should take lightly. Extensive research and discussion are necessary to make a wise decision. But, how do you tell whether homeschooling is the correct choice for your children?

Here are 6 questions to ask yourself if you are thinking about homeschooling as a possibility for your children.

1. Am I comfortable spending virtually all of my day with my children?

An important reason for selecting homeschooling is often that parents love their children and want what is thought to be best for them. They also really do like spending time together with their children, which is important as you will certainly be spending almost all of your time with them. If you find that your children aggrevate you fairly easily then homeschooling might not be a good match for you.

2. Will questions worry me?

Homeschooling parents are normally confronted with a lot of questions about such things as which curriculum they are using and concerning the affect that homeschooling has on their childrens' development of sound social skills. If you choose to homeschool your children then it will certainly help if you do not have difficulty with answering the same questions frequently.

3. Where can I turn to find out everything I need to know about homeschooling?

Check out books from your local public library where there is almost certainly a large selection of books that will provide you with everything you will need to know. The library staff might even be able to tell you whether there are any homeschoolers in the local area, because virtually all homeschoolers are heavily reliant upon the local library for teaching materials.

4. Is there going to be some sort of support system available?

Finding support groups of other local homeschoolers is very important and is often be done by getting onto the internet and searching for 'homeschool groups in (your state)' or 'homeschooling groups in (your state)'. Homeschooling co-ops are available in a lot of places as well as plenty opportunities for families to get together and have some fun.

5. What do I do when I have other questions?

Having found some families that already homeschool you ought to ask them about the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling. The majority of parents will be frank about their reasons for choosing homeschooling and will be quite happy to recount their experience and help you in making an informed decision. Question them about the sorts of difficulties they came across when starting out and about such things as how you should go about choosing a curriculum and whether you should be worried about socialization for your children.

6. What curriculum do I choose?

The choices of curriculum available are staggering in terms of both variety and normally in terms of the price you will have to pay. Although you can have a 'home school' by picking books that are very similar to those in use in public schools, you can also establish a homeschool without following a fixed curriculum at all. The books that you discovered in your local library earlier will hopefully explain the different methods and should have given you a good idea of exactly what your children should learn in each grade.

If you are trying to decide about homeschooling your children then finding the answers to the 6 questions laid out here should help you to make an informed decision. Although not everyone will opt to homeschool after investigating this option, if you would like to be more involved in the education of your children then homeschooling could well be right for you.

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