Resourceful Homeschooler

Introduction To Homeschooling

Homeschooling is the education of children at home, typically by parents or tutors, rather than in other formal settings of public or private school. Although prior to the introduction of compulsory school attendance laws, most childhood education occurred within the family or community, homeschooling in the modern sense is an alternative to attending public or private schools. Homeschooling is a legal option for parents in many countries, allowing them to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to public or private schools outside the individual's home.

Parents give many reasons to homeschool their children. The three reasons that are selected by the majority of homeschooling parents in the United States are concern about the school environment, to provide religious or moral instruction, and dissatisfaction with academic instruction at public and private schools. Homeschooling may also be a factor in the choice of parenting style. Homeschooling can be an option for families living in isolated rural locations, living temporarily abroad, to allow for more traveling, while many young athletes and actors are taught at home. Homeschooling can be about mentorship and apprenticeship, where a tutor or teacher is with the child for many years and then knows the child very well. Homeschooling is more prevalent than you may think; recently, homeschooling has increased in popularity in the United States, with the percentage of children between five and seventeen who are homeschooled increasing from 1.7% in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007.

Homeschooling can also be used as a form of supplementary education, a way of helping children to learn, in specific circumstances. For example, children who attend downgraded schools can greatly benefit from homeschooling ways of learning, using the immediacy and low cost of the internet. Homeschooling, often thought of as a synonym to e-learning, can be combined with traditional education and lead to better results. Homeschooling may also refer to instruction in the home under the supervision of correspondence schools or umbrella schools. In some places, an approved curriculum is legally required if children are to be home-schooled.