Some of the most common questions I get asked/emailed revolve around homeschool. Particularly the social and educational aspects. I’ll attempt to briefly cover the educational aspect first – saving the social aspect for later…Homeschool has come a long way, especially in the last few years.
I think most people’s perceptions of homeschool are that we emulate the Little House on the Prairie stigma… huddled together over meager supplies – doing the best we can with our pittance of crude and outdated information…(I love that show by the way)
However, contrary to that idea, there are many, many, highly developed, carefully managed, accredited programs that not only keep in line with state run programs, but often surpass them such as: A becka , Connections Academy, or Bridgeway Academy – all of which vary within those guidelines. You simply need to choose the best program for you and your family.
By no means am I condemning the modern school system or its teachers…Having been in that scenario myself, I understand that teachers are some of the most hardworking people on the planet, hence the site’s free book program.
With that being said, I believe one of the most innovative ideas taught in the homeschool setting are life-skills. We seek to not only educate our children but to provide them with real life circumstances in which to use that knowledge. Therefore, we take it a step further going from book learning to real world circumstances. This is particularly good when you hear your child/teen say, “When will I ever use this!”
For example: I have a friend who after teaching her children the idea of capitalism, developed a product – made by the entire family – and sold this item out on the street and in the mall for profit. The children not only learned how to market/sell a product, which they’d made themselves…But they had to learn the back end portion of the business by balancing the books, and buying new materials to keep the business running.
They did quite well and to this day continue to make not only a profit – but have forged a deep understanding within each child of the learning concepts they wished to impress upon them.