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Homeschooled kids are behind and ahead

One advantage of homeschooling is that students can progress at their own pace. Children can be ahead in certain subjects but behind in others.

A study done by the National Home Education Research Institute found that homeschoolers had an average standardized test score in the 87th percentile, compared to the average score in the 50th percentile of children in the public schools.

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The educational philosophy a homeschooling family chooses will influence their daily structure.

  • Most of us are familiar with only the traditional education system of textbooks, desks, and standardized testing. However, a wide array of educational philosophies exist. These include Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Classical education, Interest-led learning, and more.
  • Homeschoolers blend methods that best meet their children's needs and have freedom over the structure of their school year.

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the key to [educational] transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true pass

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Homeschoolers have access to an array of resources and social networks.

Home educators form co-ops, in which families group together to have classes. Home educators also arrange social events such as lectures, field trips, art classes, music instruction, sports, and playdates.

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  • Those with young children can begin home education when their child turns school age. They also have to adhere to the requirements in their particular state. Legal requirements vary from place to place.
  • Parents who have children in school must first write a letter of withdrawal to the school principal. The letter should describe the parent's intent to remove a child from school. After the notification, parents continue to follow their district's specific guidelines.

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Defining homeschooling

Homeschooling is a progressive movement around the world where parents educate their own children at home.

The homeschooling movement began in the 1970s when researchers and authors such as John Holt and Dorothy and Raymond Moore started writing about educational reform. They promoted homeschooling as an alternative educational option.

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For the majority of parents who homeschool, the only prerequisite is the desire and dedication to take on the education of their children.

Author John Holt pointed out that the most important thing parents need to homeschool their children is "to like them, enjoy their company, their physical presence, their energy, foolishness, and passion."

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Some homeschooling families prefer to test their children to ensure they are progressing academically, while other homeschoolers don't test until a child reaches high school.

Homeschooling can continue until a student graduates and enters college.

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Homeschooling provides a natural setting where parents can instruct in a way that matches the child's unique interests, ability, and learning style.

There is a wide variety of available curricula and resources. Subjects typically taught include the standard disciples followed in a traditional school and include subjects that capitalize on the child's interests. Homeschooling families often combine certain subjects that are not grade- or age-specific, such as history, literature, and the arts.

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Homeschooling lessens the need for traditional homework. Without 20 or more children in one class, schoolwork can often be completed in a shorter time frame, eliminating the need for extra work afterwards.

Since the parent observes the children as they learn, they know the child's ability and struggles, and tailor assignments accordingly. Children progress at their own pace until they have mastered the necessary materials.

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Due to the lockdown, most day-care centres, workplaces and schools are now closed. This has parents grappling with kids using technology at home, consuming media all day.

A few tips that can help make the most of the screen time for kids who are now nested at home:

  • Choose high-quality Educational Media.
  • Participate in the media.
  • Aim for creation, not consumption.

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Homeschooling is growing globally

Homeschooling - defined as parent-led home-based education - is an age-old traditional educational practice.

  • It is growing at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum in the United States but increased drastically from 2019-2020 to 2020-2021. Over 9 million Americans had experienced being homeschooled as of February of 2020.
  • Homeschooling is also growing around the world. (e.g. Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom).

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Deschooling is vital for starting homeschooling

Deschooling is crucial if you want to have a successful homeschooling experience.

Deschooling is a way to deinstitutionalize the child or disrupt the institutionalized mindset created in a typical school environment. It is necessary to allow your child to adjust from the public school to a more friendly and interactive environment and also develop positive feelings and motivation for learning in your child.

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