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FAQs

 

Am I really qualified?

Yes!  No one else loves your child or cares as deeply about his success as you do. Experience and research show that a parent's time, patience, and commitment to their child, as opposed to any special training, are what produce superior results.
 

What if I mess up my child?

Most parents are afraid of "messing up" their children.  Consider this...if you are thinking about home schooling, chances are you are concerned that your child is being messed up now.  We are here to guide you every step of the way so you and your children can experience the academic, social, and personal success that you desire, and you both deserve.
 

May I only start home education at the beginning of the school year?

You can begin home schooling anytime during the year and as early as the day after you decide to do it?  Ask us how!
 

Who do home schoolers report to?

It is legal to home school in all 50 states; however the reporting requirements within each state vary.  Regardless of which state you are in, the laws allow for the freedom and flexibility you need to educate your children effectively.  For specific questions about your state's law, feel free to e-mail me.
 

Will home schooling take a lot of time?

The time spent varies somewhat with the age of the child, but generally, a few hours per day, some spent with your child, some with your child doing their work on their own.  It typically takes less time than a school day, and there is no homework,  leaving plenty of time for social,  family and extracurricular activities.  There is no time spent changing classrooms or lining up for lunch, recess, etc. Therefore, home schooling is an efficient, productive way to learn.

Parents who help their children with homework in the evenings are already spending a great deal of time educating their children. The difference is, in a home setting, the work you do with your child is under your direction. You are not trying to help your child produce what the teacher wants.  

 

What about socialization?

Contrary to what many people may think, the opportunity for socialization is one of the biggest benefits of home schooling. There are so many social opportunities, most families must discipline themselves to stay home throughout the week to get their schooling done.  Home schooled children are involved in many activities including volunteering, scouts, sports, high school dances, youth groups, outside classes and the arts. They regularly get together with friends. They also have opportunities to explore career interests with adult mentors in a variety of settings not usually open to students in brick and mortar schools until summer or after graduation.  Home schoolers get out in the world where they interact with people of all ages and backgrounds. They do not feel the need to limit their social time to children their same age. It is common for them to be close friends with children a few years younger or older, as well as adults in every age bracket.
 

What about sports?

Group sports are available to children educated at home, whether through the local school district, local recreation center, or through private businesses. In fact, many advanced athletes who need to practice multiple days each week and travel throughout the country choose home schooling for its flexibility.
 

What about college?

Most colleges look favorably on home schoolers because of their self-motivation to learn. Home schooled graduates have already developed the independent study skills that college life requires. Home schoolers are as academically prepared as traditionally schooled students, many times even more so.
 

What about teaching the subjects I have forgotten…like Algebra?

There are numerous options for teaching the more difficult subjects. If you begin home schooling when your child is younger, you can enjoy learning right along with your child. Many parents will admit that one of the reasons they want to continue home schooling is the second chance they are getting at their own education.  In addition, there are software and DVD programs available to teach your children. Some parents trade courses. For example, one parent teaches high school science, while the other teaches high school literature analysis. Outside classes (such at HSRx), co-ops, or hiring a tutor are other ways to meet your high schooler's needs. Some school districts allow home schoolers to take independent courses at the school. The local community college can allow your student to take a college level course gaining him high school and college credit simultaneously.
 

What if my child has an IEP?

Children with special learning needs are thriving with home schooling.  Some children can't excel without the customized learning program possible at home.  There, you can provide the materials that match your child's learning style.  You can adapt your teaching methods and the pacing to how your child learns best.  Once your child's specific needs are addressed, he will enjoy learning and you will have created a happy, more confident student.  See Special Needs.
 

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