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Homeschools - Traditional and Alternatives


I receive many inquiries asking where to sign up for homeschools. Many people, as a last hope for their children, try to find a homeschool to send them to. The problem is that homeschooling is done by the parent at home.

Although I believe it is important to protect homeschooling as we know it by keeping homeschools independent of the public school system, there are many home educating options available and each family must consider what is right for their children. There are different types of homeschools - different philosophies, beliefs or practices. Maybe one of these options will meet the needs of your family.

Traditional Homeschools

Traditionally, homeschooling is children learning from their parents at home. The parents are in charge of the education of the children, choosing curriculum, planning lessons, doing the teaching and assessments as well as determining when their children have completed their education.

Formal Homeschools or School at home

Some families take a more formal approach to their homeschools and end up recreating school at home. Some have specific beginning and ending times, with subjects scheduled throughout the day.

Online Homeschools

Some families join online homeschools or virtual homeschools. These are generally more along the school-at-home method. These programs are established as private or public schools and they have some element of control and authority of the learning process of your child. There is debate over if this qualifies as homeschooling or not since the teaching and assignments are by others rather than the parent, even though the parent is there to supervise and assist in the learning.

Homeschool Coops - Homeschools join together

Homeschool coops is the best of both worlds. Parents are in complete charge of their child's education, but can come together with others to teach some subjects together. Some homeschool coops also serve as an Independent Study Program, offering recording keeping and more.

Relaxed Homeschools - Unschooling

Some homeschools practice child led learning and not parent directed learning. The parents provide a learning atmosphere and lifestyle and children are free to learn in a natural way.

Religious Homeschools

Some families homeschool for religious reasons and their faith is intertwined with the subjects they teach. Religious homeschool groups often require the signing of their statement of faith. Some religious homeschool resources:

~ Christian Publishers and Suppliers
~ Catholic Publishers and Suppliers

Secular Homeschools

Some homeschools are secular in nature and don't want religious teaching in their books or classes.

Charter Homeschools

There are many philosophies in the various charter homeschools. They offer a variety of benefits and vary in their accountability and testing requirements. Because each charter school operates under its own charter, before deciding to use a particular charter school, homeschooling families should consider whether a particular charter school's policies meet the needs of their family.

Public School Homeschools

Some school districts offer homeschool programs through the public school system. Families do the planning and teaching on their own, but have a public school teacher who reviews their work and progress. The curriculum is provided by the school or approved by the school. Sometimes religious based books are not approved.

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