We already know that homeschool students perform well academically, but how do they do long term? Do they turn in to socially inept adults? Do they thrive at college? How do homeschoolers perform long term?
Do Homeschooled students go to college?
Yes! Over 74% of homeschooled graduates have taken some form of college level courses. Compare that to 46% of the general population.
How do homeschool students perform academically in college?
Compared to conventional students, college students who were homeschooled earn, on average a higher first year GPA (3.41) than the overall average (3.12) a higher fourth year GPA (3.46) than the overall average (3.16) and have a higher college graduation rate (66.7%) compared to the overall average (57.5%).
Once in College, how do homeschooled students do socially?
Recent studies have found that whether or not a student is homeschooled has no affect on their self esteem in college. However, these students do have a significantly lower rate of depression, and tend to rate their college experiences more positively than students who were not homeschooled.
Does the family bonds made by homeschooling last?
Yes! The bonds made with family members during homeschooling, last a lifetime. Homeschooled children are more likely to adopt the behaviors and values of their family members because they are ones they spend the most time with.
Are Homeschoolers active in their communities after graduation?
Yes! Homeschool graduates tend to participate regularly in community services. They are also 50% more likely to be members of organizations like a church or synagogue.
How do homeschoolers feel about homeschooling once they are adults?
The majority of adults who were homeschooled plan on homeschooling their own children. They also tend to have no negative feelings about their education.
So, if you have been wondering what the long term affects of homeschooling are I hope this has given you some peace about your decision. I have found no long term disadvantages of homeschooling. Homeschooling is a great education choice for many families, and the advantages will always outweigh the doubts you may have!
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.
Many homeschoolers homeschool for religious reasons, and when bombarded with so many curriculum choices, they may not know which ones to look at. I have homeschooled for a while now, and have tried multiple curriculums. I have shared three of my favorite curriculums before, but want to focus on some of the most popular faith based homeschool curriculums.
- Apologia Science: We have used and LOVE Apologia Science. This curriculum offers many options for Science all from a creationist point of view. The Zoology series is a favorite of many, as are the notebooks that come in Jr. and Middle levels. Apologia offers courses for children age K-12 and the books can be used with more than one child at once.
- Rod and Staff: Written by Mennonites, Rod and Staff offers a comprehensive Christian curriculum at very affordable prices. We use Rod and Staff for Spelling and Grammar and have not been disappointed. They offer options for all subjects from preschool through 8th The books are all black and white, and are not as flashy as some big name homeschool retailers. They make up for that in content and affordability though.
- Abeka: Abeka is a top pick for many homeschoolers. We have never used it, but I have not heard anything negative about it. Abeka is very thorough and offers programs from preschool through high school.
- Sonlight: This literature-based program is very popular among homeschoolers. Sonlight offers core programs that allow children who are close in age to study together. They focus on high quality literature for most subjects. Some books on Sonlights list are not faith based, but they hold strong on offering them to show children the views of those on the other side of the creation debate. They offer programs for children from Preschool through High School
- My Fathers World: Built with a mission focus, My Fathers World is considered a somewhat Charlotte Mason Curriculum. Nature studies are important, as is Bible. Children learn Bible right along with all other subjects as it is engrained throughout the curriculum. This program allows children from age 2nd through 8th grade to work together. They also offer curriculum for younger and older grades.
These are just a few of the many faith based curriculum options out there. For more reviews on curriculum check out Homeschool Reviews, or check out this site that lists top faith based homeschool curriculums by subject.
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. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
Do you have a child who just doesn’t like school? Everything seems like a chore when it comes to learning. They don’t want to do math, reading is a bore, and getting them to sit and concentrate is a near impossible task…. If this is your child, you may have a reluctant learner. Most kids are reluctant in school at some point in their education career, but reluctant learners are different. They really don’t seem to like school. At all. Here are some tips for homeschooling a reluctant learner.
Debunk the Myth
What is the myth? The myth is that your child doesn’t want to learn. That is not true. All children WANT to learn. Whether it be how to play the new minecraft game, or how to climb the tree they are gazing at out the window. The key is to find out what it is that they WANT to learn.
Don’t push. Really. Who says a child HAS to read at five? If reading is hard, slow down, and pick it up in a few months. Forcing a child to learn something they are not ready for can cause emotional stress on the child, and exasperation for you. Let them work at their own pace. That is the beauty of homeschooling.
What does your child like? Figure that out and set a goal. You can have X for 10 minutes AFTER we finish this page of math. The key is to get them to want to finish their work, in order to move on to the next thing.
You can set bigger goals for the weeks accomplishments. If you finish all your assignments this week, we will have pizza for dinner on Friday. Or something along those lines. Find out what excites them and use it to your advantage.
Get Them Involved
What do they want to learn about? Find out and tailor your lessons around that. Unit studies may be a great approach for the reluctant learner because all the lessons are focused on one topic. I had a friend whose child was fascinated with tornadoes. That is all he wanted to talk about or learn about. So, she did a study on tornadoes, for a MONTH! The science of them, the history of the worst tornadoes, math related to how long they travel, books and spelling lists related to tornadoes, it was a LOT about tornadoes. BUT, he learned, and not reluctantly. Because it was something he was interested in.
Having a reluctant learner can be a challenge, but you can homeschool your child! Find out what interests them, slow down, and get them involved. These tips will help make your days a little smoother.
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 free 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. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.