The Ten Most Important Things
You Need to Know About Homeschooling
1. Homeschooling is life changing. It
creates personal growth for both the parent and the child. You (the parent) get
a second chance to re-discover your own special genius, while you help your
children discover theirs. Nothing you will ever do will have a more profound effect on your child and your family's future as
2. You are qualified to homeschool your children if you love to read to
them, love to spend time with them, love to explore the world with them, love to see them learn new things and, most
important, love them.
3. Children love to learn. It is as natural to them as breathing. They
have an inborn hunger to explore the world and examine what is interesting. They
learn by following their interests, with one interest leading to another. This
is the way we all learned as younger children and how as adults we learn after
we leave school. Homeschooling families learn together and know that learning is a life-long process.
4. Homeschooling is legal everywhere in the United States, but
homeschooling laws vary from state to state. The three basic categories for
homeschooling laws are: home education laws, private school laws, and
equivalency laws. The best way to find out what your state laws are is to
contact a local support group in your area. To contact a representative from
your state, please visit our list of local homeschooling groups. They are well
versed in your states particular laws and regulations and can assist you.
5. It does not take six to eight hours a day to homeschool your child.
Most of the time children spend at school consists of waiting. Design a plan that works for your family and be prepared to
scratch it several times and start over. Don't sacrifice your family's happiness
to "school" your children. There are many ways families homeschool;
find what works for you and your family.
6. Your child will not become a social misfit. Children do not need to be
socialized in a large group of same-age children to become well adjusted
socially. Quite the opposite. Most parents want their children to learn their
social graces from adults, not other children. Homeschoolers have healthy
relationships with people of all ages, including the new mother next door, the
retired couple who loves to garden, their friends at ballet, 4-H and Karate and,
most important, their parents.
7. You will not have to teach algebra unless you really want to. It is
not necessary to teach pre-algebra to ten year olds. When your teen decides to
become a scientist, or is ready to explore the requirements of college
admission, together you will explore the ways they can learn algebra: in a
community college class, with a tutor, or through text books. After years of using math in their daily lives, homeschooled teens are well
equipped to teach themselves higher math. Don't worry about it when they are
8. You will question yourself a lot. Maybe several times a day in the
beginning. This is normal. Find a fellow homeschooling friend. Support each
other. Tell each other that it's okay to sometimes feel that your children
didn't seem to learn anything on a given day. They did, and so did you!
9. You do not have to starve or live in a tent to homeschool your
children. Thousands of homeschooling families are able to make the money they need and homeschool their children at the same time.
While you create a family business or dream job, or restructure your current
job, your children will learn the most important skill of all- how to create the
life of their dreams.
10. Trust in your child. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk,
talk, run, dress themselves, and understand their world before starting school,
and they will continue to grow and learn without school.