Homeschooling is a form of teaching that has gained popularity over the years. In the 70's and early 80's my parents did not even know it existed. But over recent years it has gained in popularity. With Christian homeschooling the parent has the option of choosing the curriculum and activities that compliment their personal beliefs.

Homeschooling, while not for everyone, often becomes the highlight of school-aged years for parents and kids. It teaches self-discipline-- to get the learning and book work accomplished while not in a traditional school environment. And it draws a family very close together. Instead of outside kids becoming best friends with your child, the siblings usually forge strong ties with each other.

While I only have personal experience with the home school laws in two states, homeschooling is widely accepted across the US. Some states have more stringent laws, but by and large they are not hard to comply with. Here in Montana in the beginning of the school year (July 1st) you have to notify your school district that you plan to home school and a record of your child's inoculations (or a religious waiver). Then at the end of the year you have to provide a letter stating that they completed the number of hours required for their grade. You also need to keep an attendance record stating the hours. This is some what of a shift from a list of attendance days which used to be required.

In Pennsylvania, when I was home schooled, we were required to notify the school district, provide the list of inoculations and provide a list of objectives for each child. At the end of the year an attendance record, a portfolio with samples of the work, graded tests, and a letter from a qualified individual that reviews the child's work had to be submitted to the school district by June 31st each year. (Check with PA Homeschooler's Association or the Pennsylvania for more recent information).

The heart of making homeschooling successful for a student hinges on the parents and the child's dedication to making it work. Many families begin home education when their child is in preschool and kindergarten. Others take their child out of public school and teach them at home. Which ever avenue traces your history, it is important to find a good curriculum and follow through with it.

Our children are our greatest treasures. Shielding them from drugs in schools, liberal teachers, unsuitable classmates, etc. are all very good reasons for taking the responsibility in the first place. Other reasons include ensuring your child has a top education, having one on one instruction, providing a learning situation where the child can focus on their studies instead of worrying about other outside influences such as kids picking on them, peer pressure, other kids distracting them, etc.

One concern is getting home school graduates into college. This too has become easier recently. For all the colleges in Montana a homeschooler is only required to take an SAT or ACT before admittance. If you are aspiring to join the military then you also have good news. Home schooled students were recently reclassified to a Tier 1, meaning they have the same status as a high school student that graduated from a public school. Some colleges are even actively trying to attract home educated graduates. Overall many home schooled grads have been found to be more responsible, very hard working, and excellent student material.

So if you have ever desired to have a Bible based education for your child, you might consider Christian home school. There are a wide variety of curriculum including Alpha Omega, Switched on School House, Abecca, Rod and Staff, PAC, and others which are there to help guide a parent and child through all of the grades.