Homeschooling can be an expensive choice for parents. There are many expenditures that need to be taken into account and the financial burden can be heavy particularly if only one parent is working.
However, many families have chosen homeschooling and found the homeschooling experience to be rewarding and fruitful.
Though homeschooling is expensive, there are some tips that will help you to reduce the cost of homeschooling and help ease your financial problems.
1. Learning materials
You can obtain your child’s textbooks and other learning materials easily without necessarily buying them. You can always borrow them from the library. Your local schools may be able to lend them or sell them to you at a cheap price and you can go online and download the educational materials and print it out yourself.
Visit the homeschooling forums online and just ask where you can ask free or cheap learning materials. You’ll be sure to find some tips.
2. Educational Field Trips
Educational trips can mean visits to the local zoo or science center. You can teach your child about animals and plants in your local garden or the local garden community.
You could teach history by visiting historical sites. You could teach culture by visiting other cultural sites or watching plays etc. All these are usually free or for a cheap price.
3. Be part of a community
There should be many local homeschooling communities in your local neighbourhood. By joining these homeschooling communities, you can pool their resources and shared it among the members.
For example, a homeschooling community can approach the local school and ask for donations for used textbooks, writing materials and other items such as whiteboards, desks and chairs etc.
Or the homeschooling community can pool their financial resources together and negotiate with a publisher for cheaper prices. Since you have more bargaining power as a community rather than an individual, you stand a greater chance of successfully negotiating a deal with the publisher.
If you do not have a homeschooling community in your local area, try online homeschooling communities and forums. They offer support and guidance and often free homeschooling resources are available
I hope I have given you some ideas on how to save money when homeschooling. As long as you are creative, you can find more ways to reduce the cost of homeschooling.
Selecting science as a curriculum for homeschooling is a good academic choice, but it requires careful consideration. The best material can encourage a feeling of discovery and at the same time include instruction that expands the basic understanding of the world of the child.
A child understands scientific methods and concepts through experiments and activities. Many children find new insights when they view scientific truth through experimentation.
To some parents, teaching science is a delight, whereas it can be stressful for others. You can choose the right science program with the help of homeschooling websites or select any Homeschool Kit. These kits cover topics related to sound and then move on to educating the child about the different organs, cells and tissues. From here, the study material progresses to animal groups, rocks, soil, invertebrates, mass, weight and it also covers the various vertebrate animal groups. The books are colorful and informative and full of interesting pictures.
Before selecting a science curriculum you should check if the syllabus answers the following questions:
1. Is the study methodical? Are all the key theories based on the grade level? Are all the topics of the subject covered?
2. Are there any laboratories from where the child can grasp by seeing and experiencing science principles at work?
3. Are these labs costly? Do they use household materials or expensive materials are required?
4. Are the students able to work on their own or is parent involvement and preparation necessary?
There are many science kits available in the market and they are complete and cover all the topics. Each course contains science skill building activities and labs.
These kits are very useful for giving your child a solid foundation in science. They cover topics like the senses, teeth, sound, air, sun, moon and stars. The kit includes bar magnets, magnifying glass, thermometer, tuning fork and other apparatus.
While teaching science, parents should look for science experiments and activities that are:
. Planned and explained carefully, so that the parent is assured that the experiments are safe and suitable for all ages.
. They should be designed with lesson plans, so that the parent can engage the child into the discovery phase of the experiment.
. It should be directed and grouped under scientific areas like rocks, minerals, machines, sound, light, waves and electricity, so that the parents can easily blend the experiments and the activities into other science lessons and avoid buying additional material.
Parents should always select programs, where the designer has tested the kit to assure the results of the experiments. To save the preparation time, a science kit must include all the scientific material to complete the experiments and the activities.
These kits should have activities that are enriching and the curriculum should be very easy to merge with previous assimilated information and the home atmosphere.
Christian schools science curriculum has a balanced approach to creation science, teaching that there is a creator and the text is designed to present all viewpoints with regards to the old earth and new earth.
Science can be taught in different ways and some of them are unit studies, traditional text, hands on or a combination. As a parent you can teach your child any curriculum, but be sure to refer to your states home school guidelines whenever necessary.
When parents begin homeschooling, much thought and fact finding goes into their decision. This initial period is full of discovery and anticipation. The day arrives when homeschooling begins.
Three weeks into the homeschooling effort things begin to feel rocky. The thought of homeschooling your children may have seemed like a great idea at first. But then reality hits you. Yes you may be good in math or science, but you’re not knowledgeable in everything. Then there are so many questions that start going through your head. Where do I get curriculum, what curriculum should I use, can I really do this, and of course what about socialization?
Put your mind at ease. It’s not as difficult as it looks or feels at this early stage in homeschooling.
First and foremost, relax and have fun. The main objective to parenting is to teach children how to become adults. The reason you are homeschooling is to enjoy the time spent with your children and to learn together. You want to help your children learn how to learn, teach them how to figure things out, to work through problems.
Once they understand the basic principles of math, language, or life they can accomplish much. Here is something you might want to think about. In the typical school, one teacher spends six to seven hours teaching twenty to thirty children. This is equivalent to one on one tutoring for only one to two hours a day.
Learning is a lot easier in a relaxed atmosphere with this type of one on one attention. And when it is all said and done, you will have taught your children something more valuable than what is written in a schoolbook. You will have shown them how much you love them.
Whether you are just starting to homeschool or are just starting to investigate the idea of homeschooling, start talking to people you know who already homeschool their children. They will have plenty of good advice to get you started. If you don’t know any homeschoolers then try to find a homeschool support group in your area. Many churches also have organized homeschool support groups. Check around and see what you can find.
Next you should find out about the homeschooling laws in your state. Different states have different requirements. Some states have testing requirements. Some have specific curriculum requirements. State support groups generally have a summary of their state laws. Check the listings on our State Homeschool Support Information page or ask a local support group.
Homeschooling continues to grow in its rolls. At the same time, be prepared to become part of a growing minority when you begin. A little history can help: for most Americans, homeschooling seems rather odd. We have had public and private schools with us all of our lives, as have our parents before us and their parents before them from time immemorial. Why not stick with what works? The thought would be touching, if it were historically accurate. It isn’t.
The concept of compulsory schools with mass attendance is a radically new idea to Western civilization, no older than industrialization. Indeed, industrialization arguably could not have taken place without the mass school, and therein lies a tale.
As John Taylor Gatto points out in his impressive work, “The Underground History of American Education,” America’s schools were not very much used prior to 1870. The reason is simple.
The printing press was invented less than 50 years before America was discovered. The press enabled the Protestant Reformation. Because Protestant Faith argues that Scripture alone is authoritative, Protestants have a strong drive to be literate. The religious wars in Europe also drove many Protestants to find safe haven. The discovery of America was fortuitous in that it gave Protestants, that is, literate men, a place to flee.
As numerous commentators of the time noted and US Census figures confirm, white men in America were essentially 100% literate prior to 1870. While schools existed, they were not much used. Like children from time immemorial, American children were educated at home and self-educated, not schooled.
The first compulsory school law was passed in Massachusetts in 1852. The second law would not be passed until 1864, in Washington D.C. The great wave of compulsory school laws were passed between 1870, with the last falling into place in 1917.
In 1860, one-third of the 300 high schools in the country were located in Massachusetts, where the school year was twelve weeks long, and only six of those weeks were consecutive. Even by 1890, the school year was only twelve to twenty weeks. Even by 1900, only six percent of American teenagers had graduated high school, only two percent of Americans 18 through 24 were enrolled in a college.
While most Americans had attended an elementary school of some sort prior to 1900, they spent no more than two to three years in it, if that, perhaps forty weeks total. While in school, they were generally not learning to read. They learned that at home.
Instead, they were reading. Fifth grade basal readers included works from William Shakespeare, Henry Thoreau, George Washington, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Bunyan, Daniel Webster, Samuel Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The school system is so effective at passing on knowledge and forming young minds that this entire history is lost to most of the Americans who pass through its gates. We no longer remember how or why today’s school system came to be what it is. The modern college student is radically less well-read and radically less moral than the average twelve-year old was in colonial America.
So, yes, homeschooling does seem a little odd to many. It seems unnecessary, not a good fit for most families. And in a certain sense, that assessment is correct. Homeschooling is not a good fit for the modern family, if only because the family has, in modern times, ceased to exist. Family cohesion has been obliterated by the mass school.
Our society requires massive consumption. Needy, ignorant people consume more goods and services than educated, emotionally stable people do. The quickest way to create needy people is to obliterate the family. The quickest way to create ignorant people is to divorce them from their parents.
There are a lot of homeschooling programs out there, but very few attempt to approach to education similar to the way traditional colleges do. In some cases, state and even private colleges and universities have the same problems with education as public schools do. However, there are also many very fine ones.
Homeschooled students almost without exception excel in college, both in the subject matter they’re taking and in their eagerness to learn. Oftentimes, they are ready to college by the time they’re in their mid to late teens. However, college application can be difficult for homeschooled students, because of the nontraditional setting.
The first obstacle is the absence of transcripts. However, many thousands or perhaps millions of homeschooled students have overcome this. Most universities, even those that are the most prestigious, accept students that have been homeschooled. Here, homeschooled students often excel.
One win over, the problem with the absence of transcripts is one that needs to be taken care of, as the child gets older. Many homeschooled programs have also implemented a structure that makes it easier to keep records and assign grades, such as is done in public schools. Because school records are taken seriously by most colleges, parents who homeschool should start keeping transcripts early and should also began looking for colleges early, in order to target those the homeschooled student might want to be admitted to.
To start, select a half a dozen colleges or universities that you are interested in and then ask the admissions department what they want in transcripts. More universities are becoming used to that question from homeschooled students and their parents. Roughly two million children per year are now homeschooled, and many still choose to go to a traditional four-year college.
Oftentimes, admissions officials look for other ways besides transcripts to judge whether a student is suitable for admission. The first level of admission is decided on purely on the basis of standardized test scores such as the ACT and SAT. Homeschooled students are free to take these just as their public and private school peers are. Oftentimes, homeschooled students do much better than their peers do on these tests. This gives them an advantage during the admissions process.
Beyond this first level, when objective data like test scores are gathered, many colleges then incorporate their own admissions tests. Among these, college applications may require students to write an essay as part of the process. This especially allows homeschooled students to shine by expressing their opinions and their own views of the world. This also gives admissions officers insight into students’ abilities and tastes.
These essays often showcase students’ personal interests, aptitude and other attributes that make them unique and noteworthy. This is something homeschoolers can excel in especially, because they have had such a nontraditional education.
Next, advanced placement courses often allow students who have been homeschooled to take classes in an independent study mode. This does not require traditional attendance at a class and can help provide necessary “transcript” data to admissions officers. Many can be taken as part of an accelerated learning program. In this case, the student studies material that is more advanced than that studied by his or her peers at their particular grade level.
These are ways in which school officials can see that homeschooled students are as prepared and perhaps more prepared than their traditionally schooled peers to attend their institution. There is still a prejudice that homeschooled students do not receive as rigorous an education as their public and private school peers do; these methods can help assuage that thinking and not only show that their skills are as adequate as their public school peers’ are, but that they are often more advanced. This will show officials that homeschooled students are more than ready to tackle the challenges that college will bring them.
Most parents have a very simple perception of homeschooling. In most parents mind, homeschooling is simply watching their children do their homework and studying textbooks.
However, homeschooling is a lot more than that. There are many different types of homeschooling methods, each with a different homeschooling “philosophy”. Each “philosophy” dictates the curriculum and the style of teaching.
Following are some of the most popular and influential homeschooling methods.
Charlotte Mason method:
Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) was an innovative educator who took a unique approach to education. She was passionate in laying out the foundations for a complete homeschooling program that is not only effective but also fun and educational at the same time.
The Charlotte Mason method place great emphasis on arts such as classical literature and music and poetry. Miss Mason advocates on what she called “Living Books”. The child is read to daily from the “Living Books” and then ask to narrate what he/she has heard. Mason believed in introducing the child to the humanities while he is still young, while he is forming his personality.
Classical Education Method:
Classical Christian education is unique in that it seeks to faithfully restore the most proven form of education ever developed. This education produced the greatest thinkers, leaders, and scientists in the Western world from the time of the Greeks until the late 19th century, including America’s founding fathers.
It is based on what has been called the trivium. A child goes through three phases as he/she learns. In grades K-6, students are excellent at memorizing. In grades 7-8, students become more argument-oriented. They are ready to be taught logic and critical thinking. In grades 9-12, students become independent thinkers and communicators particularly concerned with their appearance to others. Classical education teaches them “rhetoric,” the art of speaking, communicating, and writing.
The Eclectic Homeschooling:
This is a mixture of various homeschooling techniques and takes from each thus forming his own homeschooling “philosophy”. Parents use their best judgement to select topics that will make the best education for their child. Usually, they will be continuously on the lookout for the best educational products that suit their child’s needs. The parents then make changes in the curriculum to accommodate the individual needs and interests of their children.
The Montessori Method:
Dr. Maria Montessori, believes that learning is a natural, self-directed process. It was observed that children undergo periods of intense concentration during which he/she will repeat an activity until he/she gains a sense of satisfaction. The Montessori method depends on a prepared environment to facilitate learning. All the materials used in this method are designed to satisfy the inner desire for spiritual development of the child. The materials used progress from simple to complex, and are costly.
The methods above are just some of the methods of homeschooling and I hope it gives you an insight on which will suit your child best. But whatever the methods used, the underlying principle is to use the child’s desire for knowledge to further his/her education.
Homeschooling is one the latest trends in education nowadays, although the concept of homeschooling originated in the 20th century. This was during the time before public education came into being. It is not until now that it has become a more viable option for many families who have children who are still going to school.
Some of the famous persons that are considered to have acquired a homeschooled education, given the fact that they were self-educated or had availed of the guidance of a tutor include: Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Jane Austen to name a few.
Which only goes to show that individuals who have not acquired a formal education can also become successful in life.
In fact some surveys that were conducted with homeschooled individuals show that more of these individuals are involved in their communities, and have a higher percentage rate when it comes to voting. 58.9% of them also claim that they are very happy with their lives, compared with 27.6% of the rest of the population who also make this claim.
There are many career options that await homeschooled individuals. Surveys show that the preferred occupations that these persons are more likely to choose are: business, computer programming, career in the armed forces, internships, home worker, etc.
But before they embark on a career most of these homeschooled students choose to go to college first. There are a number of colleges that accept students fresh out of homeschooling.
Many highschool students who are undergoing homeschooling simultaneously take college courses to earn credits. These credits count towards the credit their going to accumulate once they go to college. Homeschooled students have been known to score high in college entrance exams.
There are some stereotypical views that have been attached to individuals that have acquired their education through homeschooling. Such as that these individuals tend to be reclusive, antisocial, or extreme in their views when it comes to religion.
But slowly these views are dissipating since homeschooling is now becoming more mainstream.
A lot of parents have become extremely dissatisfied with the way public school systems are run. Not only do they fear for their children’s safety, but the quality of education that their children receive some parents also find lacking.
That’s why a lot of these concerned parents have made the decision to have their children homeschooled. A decision that now seems to be paying off.
Since the past decade the number of homeschooled students has multiplied, now resulting in responsible adults who have stable jobs and thriving careers in their chosen fields of endeavor, proving that homeschooling provides an excellent quality of education.
Last year alone, more than one million children in the United States choose homeschooling over traditional education. This stunting figure was released according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Homeschooling is a recent development in education. Not that long ago, it was considered too radical by many education experts. Nowadays, it is legalized in every state and more than 1 million children has undergone homeschooling and I suspect many more parents are seriously considering homeschooling.
The interesting thing was what prompted such a change? There have been many recent surveys to suggest that parents are getting impatient and fed up with our public schooling system. It is seen as being superficial with no real-life skills being applied and taught.
Parents are also concerned about the negative publicity often portrayed in news. Examples are school students taking drugs in schools, abusing fellow students physically and even students bringing guns and knifes to school. Parents are concerned about the negative peer influence these students cause to their child.
Homeschooling offers an opportunity to end all that and allows parents to bring up their children in a natural and loving environment. I believe homeschooling is especially important in the early years of a child’s development (between three to twelve years old) as this is the period where they are prone to negative influences and peer pressure and cannot differentiate what is right and what is wrong. Homeschooling helps to protect them from such negative influences.
Another benefit of homeschooling is an inevitable bond between the child and the parents. The parents and the child spends more time together forming an unique bond. The bond gets stronger as time passes and later you will find that you can connect with your child better than you never thought before.
Parents can also have better control over the kind of moral and religious beliefs a child should have. Parents can impart their moral values and beliefs to their child easily since they spend more time together.
So what’s stopping parents from adopting homeschooling? For one thing, homeschooling requires a lot of time and money. For most families, both parents needs to be working full-time to support the family. Most homeschooling families I know of is dependent in one parent for the income. The other parent has to devote full-time in homeschooling the child. Therefore in some cases, it is not possible to adopt homeschooling unless you are financially stable.
The other interesting phenomena is that more and more homeschooling support groups are cropping up in your neighbourhood. They help to guide and support each other. Some homeschooling support groups have even gone online. If you do decide to go homeschooling, find a homeschooling support group in your area.
Have you become fed up with the education your children are getting in a traditional public school? Be certain that you’re not alone with this feeling. Many parents decide that keeping their children in public school is doing more bad than good. If you have considered homeschooling your children, then it’s important that you aware of some advice. This article can teach you about homeschooling.
When creating your homeschool curriculum, read up on state and local guidelines. Every state has different regulations concerning days for schooling and the curriculum needed. While many states offer a set curriculum, in certain cases you may need to compile something yourself. Most of the time, you should base your homeschooling year on that of the school district.
It is easy to get caught up in the work, but make sure you are giving your child time to be a kid by giving them breaks. Hours of reading books and studying will not get them interested in learning. Let your children take a few breaks during the day and allow them to go run outside. It helps to settle them down and ends up being a good thing.
While you want to protect your kids from negative influences by some children in the public school system, it is necessary to provide external interaction with other children. Go out with friends and neighbors to keep your child social. Go to the park or the zoo and let your child play with other children. Find some sport teams, clubs and organizations for your child.
Know when it is time to call it a day. If you’ve been trying to teach a child in a certain way and it isn’t working, don’t push it further. Look for a different technique that better fits your child. There are a ton of resources, including hiring someone to help. When you push too hard, they’ll explode.
Kids love to learn by rolling up their sleeves and getting messy. For instance, when teaching your children about a different culture, cook food from the region. This is also useful for social studies and anthropology topics. Studying ancient Rome? Break out the figs, dates and togas! If you are learning about WWII you can make German or Japanese foods. Your children can learn more by engaging all five of their senses in holistic lessons like this.
Find out any laws in your state that concern homeschooling. Visit HSLDA.com to find out more. Becoming a member of this type of homeschooling organization can really help if you were to ever be questioned by the Education Board or the CPS. At times like this, you’ll find that any investment in the form of membership fees and dues is well worth it.
Family vacations are a great time for learning as well. You can visit locations that go along with the material you’ve been teaching. Plan at least one day or one outing of your trip to be educational. These trips can be a great way to bond as a family while learning something new.
How can your child interact with their peers? You will have to be creative since this is not a traditional school. Get together with other homeschooling parents and go on a field trip together. Enroll your kids in local sports classes. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts offer great ways for kids to socialize.
In conclusion, teaching your children at home is a great way to make sure they receive an excellent education. By choosing to homeschool, you take your children’s education into your own hands. This article contains tips that will make your homeschooling experience easier.
Kids learn best while having fun and when it comes to teaching math, creating an atmosphere of fun and games will go a long way in helping your child succeed.
Whether you are a full time homeschooling parent, or just helping your child with their math homework, using games in a creative manner makes math an enjoyable subject for your children to learn.
Games can be used for all grades and levels of math. From preschool numeracy activities, such as sorting and organizing, all the way to high school computer geometry programs, games can be used to teach every math lesson and subject area.
A simple way to begin using math games in the homeschool environment is to give mathematical ‘brain booster’ challenges.
Give your children a question that is appropriate for their age levels, and let them think about it throughout the day.
If they correctly solve the question, they earn a reward. However make sure they clarify how they figured it out. Having your child explain their method for solving the problem develops their logic and reasoning skills.
You can reveal the correct answer if they were unable to solve the problem, explaining the method of achieving the answer so they’ll know the next time.
Keeping math real is very important to developing your child’s interest in the subject.
Often times, children are heard to say, “I hate math!” “I will never use this in the real world.” Unfortunately, many children – as well as adults – believe this.
However, it is a fallacy and nothing could be further from the truth. The more you look around you, the more you will realize that math is everywhere.
Look for opportunities to share ‘living math’ with your child. Next time you take the kids shopping with you, keep math at the front of your mind, and discuss how math is being used in the grocery store.
Weights and measures, addition, subtraction, conversions, money, all of these qualities of math can be taught on a family shopping trip.
Explain how fruits and vegetables are being sold by weight and how you will have to multiply to find out the price. Compare prices on canned goods and determine which is the better value.
With so many girls already facing stereotypes that will hinder them from performing well in math, you will need to take resourceful measures to ignite your daughter’s passion for the subject.
The more you look for math, the more creative ideas you will discover for teaching it. By showing kids that math is prevalent in our everyday life, they can make a connection with the subject that may be lost to them simply by reading word problems in textbooks.
Finally, if you are teaching a new concept and you notice that your child is having a hard time grasping the subject, then you should leave the lesson aside for a while.
It is a fact that once a child becomes overworked and stressed, they will stop learning.
Keep math fun and simple and take it one step at a time. I promise you, before you know it, you will have a child who not only enjoys math, but also understands and appreciates it as well.