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K12 Online School- Homeschool Programs For Your Child

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

Is Homeschooling Best For Your Kid?

There are many different reasons why a parent would want to look into K12 online school and home schooling programs for their child. With the increase in violence in schools, and the decrease in quality of education, it is not a surprise that more and more parents are turning to home schooling to educate their children. It is a sad reality that sending your child to school can actually be dangerous. In addition, there are many children who are labeled “learning disabled” or who have behavioral issues who do much better learning in a home environment. In fact, many children who have been labeled as learning disabled have gone on to be very successful students with homeschooling. This makes me wonder, was it really the child, or is it the quality of the education? There are many wonderful K-12 online school and home schooling programs available. There are hundreds of wonderful resources on the Internet that can provide you with educational materials and even step-by-step instructions to help you make homeschooling a great experience for your child.

I have personally tried homeschooling my children myself. Hats off to the women who can do it, as I found it extremely challenging. My children function better in a traditional school learning environment and to be frank, so do I. However, my children did get some excellent experiences while they were homeschooled, and I think it's a great experience for parents. There are many things that you can teach your child at home that they just can't get anywhere else. And of course, one of the nicest things about educating your child in a home school program is knowing that they are safe at home with you. You do not need to worry about violence, bullying, drug exposure or even abusive treatment by school staff. This is not to say that all schools have staff that mistreat children, but I cannot ignore the fact that there are plenty of teachers that should not be teachers anymore.

Check Your State Laws Regarding Homeschool

Depending on your state and the laws you are governed by, you have a couple of different options for choosing a homeschooling program. Some states mandate that you have an organized program that has specific curriculum criteria in it. Other states are more flexible, allowing you to do what you choose. Just be sure that you do your research and make sure that your child remains on grade level in case there is placement testing in the future. Some states support homeschooling, and even provide their own resources for parents to use. Other states can make the home schooling process miserable and will even go as far as to call child protective services on you under the cloak of giving you a “child welfare consultation”. I have read about parents that have actually lost their child temporarily to state services because they refused to quit homeschooling them. I feel that homeschooling is a personal choice, and it is up to the parents, not our government.

You can explore buying homeschool curriculums online or you can create your own homeschool curriculum. Some homeschool programs, on a CD that you will need to order. This can be especially helpful when dealing with math, geometry and the like. Other homeschool programs consist of a website that you pay for a membership to. You make your payments monthly, and are granted access to a members only section of the website where you can obtain your lessons, teaching plans and other resources. It is a good idea if you separate home school from home life. Set aside a specific time each day where you will conduct your lessons. Clear off the table, and make sure that your children have all of the supplies that they need before you begin. I used to also require that my children got dressed and did their hair before coming to the table, just like a traditional classroom. This helped ensure that our lessons were organized and the children were ready to learn.

It is recommended that you check with your state authority before beginning a homeschool program. This will ensure that the program you choose will meet your state standards. While this may not seem important now, when your child enters high school or higher levels of education, there will probably be specific requirements and placement exams that will need to be taken before they can gain entry. Doing your research and taking the necessary precautions can ensure that your child will be able to be placed in a mainstream teaching environment when the time is right.


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Comments

Mar 13, 2011 4:20pm
Yehoasheba
I am a Home-School Parent, and I must say that it was the best thing I could have ever done for my son. He is in the first grade. I pulled him from Public School when he was in Kindergarten. I taught 7th and 8th graders for 13 years. Who else would be perfect to teach him. He reads about 150 words per minute. He writes better than any of his siblings at the same age. He is in an environment that can continue to teach him values and morals of our beliefs, and he still has a social life, because he can still play sports, and be involved in other programs. I also like the fact we can both sit in our Pj's and get a good education. Gotta love home-schooling.
Mar 13, 2011 7:49pm
Scale-of-1-to-10
There is definitely something intensely rewarding about educating your own child, and watching them blossom. :)
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