You may have come to this website because you have some questions about homeschooling. Who are the people who homeschool and why do they do it? If I want to homeschool, how do I get started? What about socialization? Is homeschooling legal? How can I pull my children out of school? Am I really qualified to teach my own children? What about the teenage years? Will my children be prepared for and admitted to a good college?
Homeschoolers today form a diverse population, cutting across most, if not all, ethnic, religious, political, and economic backgrounds. Wherever they come from, these families work with what is available to them, finding or creating resources that assist in their homeschooling endeavors and meet their individual needs and aspirations. Families living in rural areas, for example, surrounded by acres of land where their children can enjoy the space to discover and interact with nature and thus develop a sense of independence and self-sufficiency, have been as successful at homeschooling as families living in the suburbs, who may take advantage of scouting, sports programs, 4-H clubs, or the many varied classes in their areas. Families living in cities may look to the many nearby museums, cultural centers, and libraries as resources that can help them to raise interested, thriving children. Some families take advantage of the freedom that homeschooling offers and travel across the country or elsewhere, finding their lessons in the varied landscapes and opportunities of each location.
Most of us who homeschool have found that we do not need to have a lot of money to be successful homeschoolers. Indeed, some of us sacrifice an income so that one parent—usually the mother, but sometimes the father—can be home with the children; others find creative means to educate and care for their children while both parents pursue careers. Some of us operate cottage industries from home, allowing the children to learn by doing, whereas others arrange to work from home while employed. Some homeschooling families have only one parent, and some live in extended or blended families.
Reprinted with the permission of the HomeSchool Association of California. © 2007–2008 by HomeSchool Association of California. All rights reserved.
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