Getting Dad Involved in Homeschooling

When we first began homeschooling, my husband felt “out of the loop”. He came home at the end of the day knowing that we “did school” but not really knowing what we did, or how the girls did that day. This is different from public school because typically kids come home with homework, notes from the teacher, or graded papers. I realized that if my husband was going to understand our girl’s education at all, I would have to find ways to get him involved.

In most homeschool families, mom does the bulk of the educating. However, dads can get involved too. It is important for them to know what is going on in regards to the education of their children.

Check out this post on Southeast Homeschool Expo

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!

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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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5 Online Resources to Help with Math

In the few years I have been homeschooling, and have helped mentor new homeschool families, I have heard of one common struggle-teaching Math! Whether it be geometry, algebra, multiplication or something else, homeschool families tend to hit a wall often while teaching (or learning) math.

My first few years I switched math curriculums a few times before finding one that fit for our family (CLE Math but now Teaching Textbooks). However, even though the curriculum is great, I have still had to supplement with some online resources. As a homeschool parent it is important to know what is out there in terms of teaching Math, and where you can go to get help if needed. Head to the Southeast Homeschool Expo for some online resources to help with math.

The Top Homeschool Statistics You Must Know

As a parent, your children’s education is one of the top priorities in your life. You want to make sure they get a balanced and excellent education that prepares them to be a mature adult who can thrive in society. If you’re on this site, you’ve already considered homeschooling your child. To make your job I’m going to go over the data surrounding homeschool statistics so you have a clear and accurate picture of the effectiveness and popularity of homeschooling.

The Popularity of Homeschooling in the United States

2 Million Children are educated through homeschooling in the United States.   According to a 2007 survey of parents by the National Center of Education Statistics, there were three major motivations behind enrolling their child in homeschooling. 88% of percents were worried about the school environment. 83% of parents had a desire to provide religious and moral instruction and home.   73% of parents said they were dissatisfied with the academic instruction provided at other schools.

Homeschooling Statistics
Homeschooling Statistics

Parents were also asked which of the above reasons were the most important.   The leading reason according to parents (36 Percent of them) was the need to provide religious or moral instruction.

The Benefits of Homeschooling-

Homeschooling also has many academic benefits. Homeschooled students typically score 30-37 percentile points better than public school students according to research by Dr. Brian Ray. That means that the average homeschooling student is in the top 13-20 percent of students.   Your home schooled children are at a massive advantage as compared to public school students. That’s an incredible and shocking advantage.

Another homeschooling study by Dr. Lawrence M. Rudner shows that homeschooled children who were homeschooled for their whole education showed the highest achievement. That means the sooner you start homeschooling your child, the better their eventual performance will be!

Are you worried about the cost of home schooling?   According to Dr. Ray the average cost of homeschooling per year is only a measly $546.

Another interesting aspect of homeschooling is that the child’s race barely matters. Minority children benefit tremendously from homeschooling. Peer pressures and negative school environments in less-advantaged areas give children in those areas severe disadvantages and those children can benefit the most from homeschooling. If you have a minority child it may be worth thinking about the effects of a public school education on your child.

All in all these homeschool statistics prove the point that homeschooling is an excellent alternative to public school education. According to peer reviewed studies and research home schooled children perform far better than their public schooled counterparts.   It makes perfect sense, considering the large range of problems in the public school system, as well as the teacher to student ratio. It also makes more sense that you educate your child, as you know your child far better than any teacher can. Not to mention a teacher’s attention is divided between dozens of other children under his/her care.

Sources-

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21568763-home-schooling-growing-ever-faster-keep-it-family

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009030.pdf

Dr. Brian Ray, Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America, National Home Education Research Institute, Salem, OR, 1997.

http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000010/200410250.asp#ii

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Homeschool Recordkeeping

What does homeschool recordkeeping look like in your homeschool? Are you one who has lines of neatly organized portfolios sorted by grade? Do you have a plastic tote with stuff just thrown inside? Or are you somewhere in between? I will be honest and say that I have been on both sides of that scenario ;)

Homeschool recordkeeping can be overwhelming, especially when you have more than one child, and have NO clue what to keep. We are starting our 5th year, and with three kids, the clutter from homeschooling paperwork was piling up fast. So, here is what I have decided to keep-and not to keep!

Keep: A few samples of each child’s penmanship at various stages throughout the school year

Don’t Keep: EVERY single tablet they wrote in, all year long!

Keep: Math tests and quizzes

Don’t Keep: All 10 light unit math books from the school year!

Keep: Random grammar sheets, tests or worksheets from various lessons during the school year.

Don’t Keep: Every lesson she completed this school year!

Keep: Pamphlets from field trips, church plays, and other activities

Don’t Keep: Coloring books, worksheets, and the like from field trips and Sunday school

Keep: An attendance log, tracking days that we have had school during the year.

Don’t Keep: An hour, by hour log documenting every.single.thing we have done.

Keep: Samples of my toddlers crayon scribbles, and first time cutting with scissors

Don’t Keep: Every coloring book he has attacked with a crayon!

Record keeping is something that all homeschool parents must deal with. You want to keep samples of your child’s work, but you don’t want to go overboard! Typically, the rule of thumb during the elementary years (So I’ve heard) is to keep samples for 3 years and high school records permanently.

I have decided to keep a small portfolio, per child, each year. That’s it. If it doesn’t fit, I toss it. This guarantees that I will only keep what is quality work, and what truly shows my children’s capabilities.

Find a balance that works for you. Record keeping will look different in each family, and once your child is in high school, record keeping will be more complex. But with a little time, you will find a record keeping system that will work for your family.

If you would like more information regarding recordkeeping, check out this article from Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

Author: Misty Bailey

Misty is a homeschool mom of three and has been homeschooling for over 4 years. You can read about her homeschool journey and more on her blog, Joy in the Journey.

 

 

Frontline Moms and Dads

Lisa Cherry is the founder of our Frontline Moms and Dads blog. This blog is a little different. We tackle some of the “sticky subjects” concerned with parenting kids in a world gone mad.

I love to read posts that inspire my “homemaking side,” but I must admit I need some posts that equip me to lead my children through the landmines that are destroying young lives all around us!

In days gone by, church potlucks provided the forum for great meetings. Now, we meet on line. With not only a change in menu but also a change in spiritual climate! In case you haven’t noticed, it’s nasty out there. Today Christian values are the “Remnant”– not the mainstream.

Frontline Moms and Dads, we must sharpen our parenting skills and prepare our kids.

We will meet here 3-4 times a week. Our posts will mostly fall under the following headings:

Christian Parenting
Culture War
Sexuality
Restoration

As we share together, I am certain we will cry a little and laugh a lot. We are strong believers in Him and we will grow to meet our challenges!