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How Far has Homeschooling Come?

I have been homeschooling for 6 years, and honestly, I have never really thought about how far homeschooling has come. But, it has!

Freedom

Homeschooling has grown leaps and bounds, and many of us enjoy the freedom of homeschooling without really thinking about those who fought for our right to enjoy it.

Homeschooling began in the late 1960’s and 1970’s as a radical alternative to the public education system. It continued to grow in the 1980’s thanks to a movement by educational professionals Raymond and Dorothy Moore, as well as John Holt, both viewed home education as a natural aspect of life. NOT a reproduction of public education.  By the early 1990’s homeschooling was legal in every state.

Laws vary from state to state, and you can see your state’s laws regarding homeschooling here.

Popularity

Today there are as many as two million American children who are homeschooled. This number continues to grow as much as 15-20% each year (U.S. Census Bureau). Due to the growth of homeschooling, it is safe to say that it is no longer reserved for Christian families. Homeschooling has become more diversified, and the reasons families’ homeschool vary widely.

Curriculum Options

Early homeschoolers had few options when it came to educating their children. The library and a few publishing companies were really the only help that they had.

Now, days we have a plethora of options. The internet opened up the world of learning at our fingertips. That combined with a vast amount of curriculum options ranging from Christian to secular, digital to literature based, and much more means that families can teach their children how they see fit and find a curriculum that can help them do it!

Groups, Field Trips and More!

Many years ago there was not the number of homeschoolers that we have today. What did moms do for socialization? They had the park. Church activities, and community events, nothing like the socialization opportunities our kids have today. Now we have homeschool groups, co-ops, field days, public school sports teams (in many states), and field trips that involve more than just our family!

For more information regarding how far homeschooling has come check out these resources:

Look How Far Homeschooling Has Come

Homeschooling Goes Mainstream

Homeschooling

A Brief History of Homeschooling

History of Homeschooling in the US and Georgia


I have never really thought about how far homeschooling has come. But, it has! Years ago homeschooling families did not have the resources or the freedoms that we have today.


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, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

 

 

 

3 Unexpected Advantages of Homeschooling

 

There are many advantages of homeschooling. Our kids perform better academically, we get to have a say in their education, and our families tend to be closer. But, these are all somewhat expected advantages of homeschooling.

When I began homeschooling I knew there were advantages, but there were a few that I was not expecting!

More Sleep for our Kids

A recent study found that teens are starting school too early to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause depression, weight gain, and brain fog. Many teens are expected to start their school day when their brains are not even fully awake.

Homeschoolers are able to start school when they are ready; they are not rushed in the morning and are able to get a good night’s rest. This unexpected advantage of homeschooling means that our kids are more ready to face their academic challenges than their public school counterparts.

Increased Responsibility

Homeschooled children tend to be able to work more independently, and are more responsible for their own education.  They tend to have more chores, allowing them to have better life skills.  This increased responsibility makes it more possible to stand on their own two feet as an adult.

Homeschooled children tend to be more responsible and more apt to think independently. Homeschoolers who have attended college claim that they feel more mature than their dorm mates because they know how to think for themselves and are less likely to cave to peer pressure.

Lack of Socialization

Yes, that is right, lack of socialization is an unexpected advantage to homeschooling. What does this mean?

Our children are less likely to succumb to peer pressure in schools because they are not in those “groups”. They are less likely to deal with bullying, violence, and other negative aspects of public school socialization.  They are not grouped by age and gender and expected to just “get along” with kids only their own age.

Public school socialization is not really socialization. In fact, recent studies have found that, “The socialization of home-educated students was often better than that of their schooled peers.”

Why? Because they are able to live a normal life, in the “real” world with people of all ages. They are not in a school building for the majority of the week, confined to a desk, in a room with 20 other children that happen to have been born within the same year.

There are many unexpected advantages of homeschooling, these are just a few! What have you found to be the most unexpected advantage of homeschooling?

There are many unexpected advantages of homeschooling. We will investigate three of these. Which unexpected advantages of homeschooling are you enjoying the most?


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, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

 

10 Questions Homeschoolers are SICK of Answering

If you have been homeschooling awhile you can probably name of at least a dozen questions that you get asked every day about homeschooling. If you are new to homeschooling, you may not be completely prepared for the abundance of interest you will receive thanks to your education choice.

Homeschooling opens the door for critics.

Homeschooling opens the door for opinions.

Homeschooling will allow you to experience homeschool questions at every corner.   Here are 10 things homeschoolers are sick of being asked.

Homeschoolers are sick of answering these homeschool questions. Seriously. STOP asking us these things...

  1. What about Socialization?- This question is still one that is asked even after homeschooling has grown in popularity. There are hundreds of blog posts wrote about it, some even on this site. However, it is still asked. All the time.
  2. Is that legal?- Some people believe that we do not have the freedom to homeschool. But, in fact, we do.
  3. How can you teach them when you didn’t graduate from college?- Teaching degrees are not required to homeschool, but some people still think that you need one. You don’t. Period.
  4. What do you do all day? –I like to respond to this one with “twiddle my thumbs”. Because you know, what else would I do all day
  5. Won’t your kids be weird?-At some point when this is asked your children will, in fact, be doing something weird. You could always respond with “too late”?!
  6. What about the prom?- Because while I am teaching my child to read, the prom is always in the back of my mind….
  7. Will they get a “real” diploma?- Yep, they sure will. I can print one off in about 2.5 seconds….
  8. What about college? –Homeschoolers are able to attend college, and in a lot of cases are recruited actively by universities. No worries here!
  9. What’s wrong with public school?-Because since I am choosing a different route, there has to be something majorly wrong, right? No. This is just the choice we have made for OUR children.
  10. What about socialization? I told you to be prepared for this one. Homeschoolers always get asked this question! Over and over again.

Some people ask these questions because they genuinely want to know. Respond to those with a genuine answer. The other ones, the people just rude and nosy, respond as you best see fit. I will not judge you for a harsh answer…


View More: http://kimdeloachphoto.pass.us/allume2015Author 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, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Four Ways to Celebrate NOT Back to School Day

As a homeschooler, do you ever feel like sometimes your kids miss out on school time milestones? For example, around the first day of school pictures take over your Facebook feed, and everyone shows how excited their kids are to be going “back to school”.

Our first year homeschooling I felt that my kids were missing out, and promised myself that the next year, I would do something different. This feeling led to us celebrating NOT  back to school day.

Having a not back to school tradition gives the kids something to look forward too. It lets them see that there are things we can do, because we are not going back to school. IT has become a celebration, a way for us to celebrate the freedom homeschooling.

Here are four ways you can celebrate NOT going back to school!

Starting a not back to school day tradition can be an awesome way to kick off your homeschool year! Here are 4 ways to celebrate not back to school day!

Plan a park play date!

This is how we celebrate NOT going back to school. On the first day of public school in our district, we meet our homeschool group at a local park. We spend the day there, playing games, sliding, and basketball, whatever the kids want to do.

Go out for breakfast!

On the first day of public school make plans to go out for breakfast. Sit and watch the school buses go by and enjoy the freedom of not having to start school at a set time.

Plan a field trip!

Field trips are a huge bonus of homeschooling, as many public schools are ditching them due to budget cuts

Have a jammie day!

Spend the day in your jammies, watch movies, eat popcorn, play a board game. The choice is yours!

These are just a few ways that you can start a NOT back to school tradition in your homeschool. For us NOT back to school day has become one of our favorite homeschooling traditions.

Do you celebrate NOT going back to school? If not consider planning something to celebrate the freedom homeschool offers next school year.


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, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Four Online Learning Tools for Teenagers

Our teens were born into a world where technology abounds. They easily adopt new technologies and many text as quickly as they breathe. Teens are tech savvy, and learn well through technology. Because of this, it is important to have tools available to them that are natural, and easy for them to use and understand.

Here are four online learning tools for teenagers that can make your and their homeschooling journey a bit easier!

  1. Khan Academy: Have a child struggling with math? Are your teen’s math lessons over your head? Khan Academy is FREE and there to help. With interactive tools, questions and videos, it can easily be a full on curriculum, or a tool designed to help when your teen is struggling with a certain concept.
  2. Evernote: Have a teen who is involved in co-op classes? Evernote is a great tool! Evernote allows teens to take notes on one device, and have them available at home to print. They can also share notes with others, discuss class topics, and much more. Teens are able to keep notes and gather sources for their homeschool projects, and then share when the assignment is due. Evernote as a high school learning tool would be a great way to get your teen used to the online world of note taking before starting college. The basic version is free!
  3. The Chemical Touch: Have a teen learning the periodic table? This app (99 cents) provides detailed information on the elements, standard amino acids, and nucleobases. This app provides your teen with a wealth of information right at their fingertips!
  4. Currclick: Offering a variety of online classes, books, and resources, Currclick is a one stop shop for many homeschool families. Currclick can be used independently and is a great learning tool for teens interested in studying a certain subject in depth,  taking an online class with friends from across the world, or for a particular subject that mom may not be comfortable teaching.

Teens are able to teach themselves just about anything they want thanks to online learning tools. For more information about how teens are learning on their own check out this post, How Teens are Teaching Themselves. It also includes site recommendations related to comic strips, coding, and game design.  

There are many online learning tools available on the web or mobile devices. Finding a learning tool that fits your teen’s needs and interests is easier than ever! Don’t discourage online learning, after all, our teens will need and utilize technology for the rest of their lives.

 


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.

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