Why do parents decide to homeschool their children? The 3 most known reasons are Religious, Philosophical, and Problem-Solving.
Religion is an important part of many people's lives. They feel that public school does not project the value system that they want their children to have.
Philosophy - Some parents believe that today's educational instruction does not promote learning and true growth. Some prefer older methods of education and some want the cutting edge of technology for their children.
Problem- Solving - This might represent the largest group. These parents had their children in traditional school, but felt it failed to give their children the best possible education. It was not a good fit for their
student. They turned to homeschooling because they felt the system lacked the necessary individual care needed for their child.. Your reason may be one of these, or yet quite another one.
LEARN THE LAWS
California offer state funds charter schools. If you enroll in a "homeschool charter school", you have an advisor with funds to assist you in getting your materials and resources. One other alternative, is for a family (or group of families) to set themselves up as a private school.
This can be relatively simple. In this mode, you can set up the student group and have parents take turns being the "teacher". When you have lots of help, things can be much easier. See who is good at what type of subject, and divide up learning accordingly. In that way, the responsibility and the planning can be divided between many parents, or grandparents, and the work of it all will be divided. Field trips can happen on the weekends, or holiday weeks. Have fun with it. As far as the
curriculum goes, you can agree on a standard homeschooling program and vary according to any needs each child has. If there is a specific subject that NO ONE feels comfortable teaching, jointly hire a tutor.
All problems can be handled. Check your state for legals and go from there.
As most of my readers know, I am a tutor. I work out of my home in California and help all kinds of students. I have 2 grown daughters of my own and 3 beautiful granddaughters, who I love to help learn. Each one of them learns differently, as each of your children do. Some are readers and some are visual learners. Think back to your schooling and what you learned and now jump forward and honestly think about what parts of your education you use each day, at home and on your job. Center on those things. Ask your child what they want to do when they are older, and model their learning around that. I taught in a private school for many years, and we had the opportunity to teach our students academically and otherwise. I was the cooking teacher, one of my loves, and we had an art teacher, and we had reward systems. School was fun. We did not have homework. Imagine that. They learned in school and parents did not have to be the second teacher each night. Simplicity is the key.
Make your own schedules. Set it up so that it is easy for you and your children. I have worked with many homeschoolers and they can learn traditional studies in half the time. Use lots of fun things to teach. I have reward points boards in my tutoring, and snacks to munch on. Make it fun. Keep it light. We want our children to love learning.
If any of you out there have questions, please feel free to write me a comment, or email me personally. I love to help. I have included my email at the bottom. HAPPY HOMESCHOOLING!