Brewton-Parker College

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Brewton-Parker College is a four-year Christian college located on the main campus in Mount Vernon, Georgia, and one external site in Newnan. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the College offers four baccalaureate degrees in a caring, Christian environment that nurtures the whole student.

Students enjoy challenging academic programs in an unapologetically Christian setting. Residential students participate in a comprehensive campus life program involving student organizations, intramural sports, campus ministry opportunities, and weekend activities.

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How Do Homeschoolers Perform Long Term?

How do Homeschoolers perform long term

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.

 

 

Extracurricular Activities for Homeschoolers

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One thing I was worried about when I first began homeschooling, was how my kids would make friends. I wasn’t worried about socialization, just what activities would be available to them since they were homeschooled. Within our first year of homeschooling I realized just how little I actually needed to worry ! There are tons of extracurricular activities for homeschoolers, here are just a few.

Scouts
Boy scouts, girl scouts, either one is open to homeschoolers. Some scouting groups are inclusive to a school district, but many will also take homeschooled children also. In order to get information for your homeschooled child contact your local office. You can find an office close to you by looking on their website.

Sports

Many school districts allow homeschoolers to participate in sporting events. Some have a cut off as to age and grade. Check with your local school district for more information. If you do not want to go through a school district check and see if a church near you offers Upward Sports. These are typically Christian based, and not as competitive. They are also open to anyone.

Theatre

If you have a little drama queen don’t despair! Many towns offer children’s theatre programs. These programs are all inclusive and have no district requirements.

Homeschool Groups

Many homeschool groups offer co-ops, field trips, etc. Some larger groups offer sports teams, scouting and more. Check with your homeschool group and see what they offer. If you don’t have a local homeschool group, consider starting one yourself!

Library

Book clubs, arts and crafts, computer classes, and even homeschool story times are available at many local libraries. Many of these activities are after school hours, so they are open to all!

These are just a few of many possible extracurricular activities for homeschoolers. Depending on where you live you may be able to utilize all or some of these options. Larger areas tend to have more opportunities than smaller towns, but as a homeschool mom in a small town myself, I have to say that small towns will still offer many of these extracurricular activities!

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.

 

 

 

Top 5 Faith Based Homeschool Curriculums

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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.

These picks are of course partially my personal favorites, but also ones that rate very high in reviews and some that are included on Cathy Duffy’s Top Homeschool Picks.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.