Sunday, February 20, 2011

Resources for the Homeschooler

Wow! Today homeschooling families have tons of curriculum options available to them! This is a big change from what it was a decade or two ago. Parents often had to use public school texts, Christian school texts, or just make their own. In reality, this is why there is such a plethora of really good curriculum options. The last generation of homeschoolers DID make their own, and are now offering them to us for our enjoyment.

Homeschool is now the fastest growing method of educating in America. This is obviously not what the public school system "tenured" teachers want to hear. Yet, what option do we have if the system isn't working? America is the land of freedom, of opportunity, and of choice... parents can exercise each of those options each day they choose to educate their own child.

There are so many good options available out there for the beginning homeschooler that it may seem very confusing. Though this blog is dedicated to seventh grade online curriculum, I hope to point you to the "tried and true" curriculum that is available. Our family actually uses a mixture of both text, computer, and online curriculum.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Your Decision to Homeschool

So, you have been thinking about homeschooling? Every family that makes this choice has a different reason for doing so. From physical reasons, to educational reasons, to religious reasons each family has their own unique "reason" for choosing to homeschool their children.

We are blessed to have the right to choose what type of education that we, THE PARENTS, deem best for the children that WE brought in to this world. For the most part, parents are seeking what they can do to make life better for their children. Parents know their children better than anyone else in the world, and often intuitively know what they need. Yes, parents are not omniscient, but they also aren't idiots. Parents are usually the best educators for their children.

Typically, beginning homeschool parents are a bit gun shy of "teaching" the whole curriculum themselves. This is easily remedied by the various great online homeschool curriculum options that are out there. I have been a teacher for many years in a private school, but when I chose to homeschool all of my 6 children I chose to incorporate an online curriculum called Time4Learning into our studies. It works great for us and even helps me to keep records of their grades.