How Much Does Homeschooling Cost?

One of the most common questions I hear from those interested in homeschooling is “How much does homeschooling cost?” The answer is always the same, “How much do you want it to cost?”

Homeschooling is a choice. You are choosing to educate your children at home. The reasons why you made that choice will vary, but the bottom line is when you homeschool, the ball is in YOUR court. You get to decide how much homeschooling is going to cost you.

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Four Reasons to Consider Homeschooing

 

The number of homeschoolers is growing by leaps and bounds.  In fact, in one state, there are more homeschoolers than private school students.  There are many reasons why people choose homeschooling; they range from personal preference, to special needs. If you have ever considered homeschooling before, you are not alone. Here are just a few reasons to consider homeschooling.

  1. Flexibility- Homeschooling leaves so many options open. Homeschool families can take vacations when they want, and are not tied down to a public school calendar. Some homeschool families’ school year round, stopping for breaks as needed. Homeschool families can sleep in and do school later, or arise early and have the rest of the day to play.   Part of the beauty of homeschooling is the flexibility!
  2. Learning is Customized- Children learn differently. One child may struggle with math, another with reading. Some children may need a little more time before moving on. Some children learn while moving around, some need visual aids. Homeschooling allows the parents to cater to each of their children’s individual needs. This cannot be done in a public school setting. If a child is in a class with 15 other children, and 12 know the material, the teacher will move on. The alternative is true also, if three know the material and 13 don’t, the teacher will need to spend more time teaching while the three who know it are bored. Homeschooling allows children to learn at their own pace, and in the way they learn best.  As parents, we are our children’s best teacher, and the one who loves them and wants to see them succeed. If curriculum is not working, you can change it! If a child needs more time, you can take it. Homeschooling allows parents to customize the learning to fit their child.
  3. Learning as a lifestyle- Homeschooling allows children to see that life happens every day. Children do not need to be “in school” to learn. There are learning opportunities everywhere! When you homeschool the whole world is your classroom. One way that many homeschoolers integrate daily life into homeschooling is through field trips. Many times businesses are more than willing to accommodate a small group of homeschoolers, and because the class size is so small, the children are able to have more interaction and hands on opportunities.
  4. One on One Ratio- You can’t beat the student/teacher ratio in homeschooling. If your child has a problem they don’t understand, you are right there to help them. This means you will know when they have mastered the material. There is no waiting until the teacher has time, or until parent teacher conferences to realize your child doesn’t quite “get it”. You will know what they are learning, how they are learning, and how they are doing in school all the time

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

What do I NEED to Teach?

When parents decide to home school, one of the first things many wonder is what do I need to teach? Or am I qualified to teach?  The teaching is one of the things parents are most afraid of when it comes to homeschooling. Don’t let fear rule your life! You are the most capable person on Earth to teach your child. You have been teaching your child since birth. You have already taught your child to walk, talk love, get along with others, pray, feed themselves and many other things I’m sure. Nothing changes when your child reaches school age. You are still more than capable.

 

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Tips for Homeschool Scheduling

Finding a schedule that will work in your homeschool is something that most homeschoolers struggle with. Scheduling your day may seem overwhelming when you multiple children, a busy schedule, and are new to the whole idea of homeschooling.

One thing that every homeschooler should understand is that there is NO perfect homeschool schedule. Every families schedule will look different. Why? Because every family is different. What works for me, will not always work for you, what works for your homeschooling friends is not guaranteed to work for you. Here are some tips to help you with homeschool scheduling.

  • First, you will not be “doing school” for 6 hours each day. A typical public school day is 9-3. A public school day includes lunch, bathroom breaks, recess, time standing in line, and many other things that you do not have to incorporate into your school day.
  • Pick a time that you want to start school. This may be 9 am, it may be noon. Consider the schedule of every member of your family when you are setting a time to start school. If you have little ones in the house, you may want to save the “heavy” subjects for when the younger ones are napping.
  • Think of a way to start your school day. It may be the pledge, reviewing the calendar or devotions. Generally things like this will help you and your kids get into the school rhythm.
  • A general rule of thumb is to start school with the hardest subject first. This will vary depending on your child, but for most, it will be grammar and/or math. You can follow that up with Science or History. These subjects do not have to be every day. You can rotate them out. Some people like to do Science on Tuesday/Thursday and History on Monday/Wednesday. I know some families who study Science one week, then History the next. It is really up to you.
  • Remember to schedule time for fun! Don’t be so strict on “school” that you miss field trips, park play dates, or other activities. These are important to learning. All work and no play is fun for no one, so make time for socialization ;)

When it comes to homeschool scheduling remember to find a balance and schedule that works for you. Once you have one that fits don’t be so strict with it that you are stressed all the time. You must be flexible. When kids are sick, you may not have school, or may start late. When you have been in a busy season you may have to tweak your schedule some. This is okay!  The beauty of homeschooling is flexibility. Don’t let a schedule rule you.

 

Homeschooling Preschool: What do I Teach?

Preschool is such a fun age and is usually the age range where parents are trying out homeschooling. Preschool does NOT have to be complicated, and teaching this age is far from difficult.

The Basics

Homeschooling preschool starts with the basics. Preschoolers need to know their shapes, colors, numbers and letters. You will also want to teach them things like how to wash their hands, get dressed, undressed, and how to put on their shoes.

How do you teach these things? By living life! Point out colors while you are at the store. Read books and notice letters and numbers. Shapes can be found everywhere and shape hunts in your own home are lots of fun!

Life skills like getting dressed can be done every day. Encourage your preschooler to try and put on or take off his socks. Get a book from the library that has zippers and buttons and practice those fine motor skills. Slip on shoes are a must have at this age because tying is not required.  Teaching the basics to your preschooler can be done easily just by going about your normal routine.

Behavior           

Preschoolers are at the age where they are independent. They want to do what they want, when they want to do it. Yet, they are also inquisitive and eager to learn. You will want to teach your preschooler to be patient, wait in a line, and to sit for small periods of time.

While you are running errands, explain how a line works. We have to wait our turn, patiently, and quietly. Encourage your child to share while at homeschool group, or with his siblings. Check out books on sharing, and friendships from the library.

Make preschool part of your daily routine by having your child sit and color, read books or play games at the same time each day. This will get them into the routine of school, without actually “going” to school.

There is a lot of pressure to get children “ready” for kindergarten, but really if you play with your child, read books and have fun your child will have successfully “passed” preschool. And you will have successfully taught preschool!

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Should You Homeschool Preschool?

As you look at your active three or four year old, you may be contemplating what step to take next. Should you put them in preschool? Try it out at home? The questions may be swirling through your mind making you wonder if you should homeschool preschool?

Homeschooling preschool is a great option for a lot of parents. And it just may be what you are looking for!

Homeschooling Preschool is great practice! If you have thought about homeschooling but are not sure if it is for you, then preschool is a great place to start! Preschool is a lot of fun, and working with your child at this age will give you an idea into whether or not you could educate your child at home long term.

Teaching Preschool is easy! The three and four year old range is the best age to teach (in my opinion). Lots of hands on activities make up learning shapes, alphabet and numbers. That and a lot of books (preschoolers LOVE books!).

Homeschooling Preschool gives you time! Keeping your child home an extra year gives them time to mature, and time to spend in a home environment. I don’t think this could ever be a bad thing! It also gives them time to be potty trained (if they are not yet), and to become more independent.

Homeschooling Preschool does not have to be permanent. I know a lot of families who have homeschooled preschool then sent their children to kindergarten. Homeschool does not have to be an all or nothing approach.

So, if you are thinking about homeschooling preschool keep these things in mind and do what you think will work best for you and your family!

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

 

Online Public School Vs. Homeschooling

Homeschooling is growing with leaps and bounds! It is natural that because more and more people are homeschooling that many of the states are trying to jump in and get some of those children back. This is called online public school. Some of the online public school options are K12 or Connections Academy. When you decide to make the decision to homeschool a parent may consider an online public school as an option. Here are some of the pros and cons to online public school that may help you make that decision.

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