As you’ll understand, choosing to home educate is a life-changing decision, not only for the child but also for the entire family. It takes a lot of time, sacrifice, and patience. It is strongly recommended that a potential home educating family does their research on the pros and cons of Homeschooling. By the time you’ve completed your research, please pay close attention to the following steps that come with “Homeschooling Your Child.”

STEP 1Know the Laws and Requirements

  • Educating your child from home is allowed in all 50 states. However, the laws vary from state to state. Current requirements will be listed on your state’s Department of Education website.
  • Knowing these laws will allow you to start educating your child legally and confidently from the beginning.

(more…)

Homeschooling could be the most feasible option for parents who want to educate their children but cannot afford the expenses in a typical school.

With homeschooling, parents can still have the best education for their children without having to resort to expensive everyday expenditures of sending children to school.

However, one should bear in mind that homeschooling is not for everybody, and not all homeschool curriculums are appropriate for everyone.

(more…)

Gender Roles and Homeschooling

Is homeschooling sexist? Kind of a weird question and maybe it wasn’t one of the first that popped up in your mind, but when we talk about homeschooling controversy, this is one of the topics that people are talking about.

By homeschooling are we showing our children specific gender roles that will shape them in their future lives as employers, spouses, and parents? When I was growing up, my mother always told me that I could do and be anything I wanted. I wonder if she ever had in mind that this would be giving up my career aspirations and homeschooling my children.

(more…)

Homeschool education has been in existence since ancient times. In ancient Greece, for instance, education was mostly by tutorial and other concentrated methods. Over time, the change in approach and techniques of educating at home has evolved to what we see as homeschooling today. At present, there is a marked increase in the number of students getting a homeschool education instead of going to traditional schools.

There are a number of reasons why parents may prefer giving their children a homeschool education. There are some parents who opt to get their children a homeschool education because there are some schools that do not have religion incorporated into the curriculum. Others also think it to be a more effective way for their children to learn.

(more…)

The concept of entering your teen into a homeschool high school program can be daunting and tough to some. But many homeschool advocates stress that a homeschool high school program for your teen can be a lot easier and more advantageous than you think.

Teens under a homeschool high school program can be just as able to put their focus on tasks at hand.

This explains why it is common for home-schooled teens to finish their studies in two years or less, which is the equivalent of four years of study in a traditional high school.

Many parents choose BestGEDClasses video lessons to prepare their teens for their exams if they want them to go on an alternative path toward their secondary education degree. The website offers high-quality video lessons and practice tests.

It’s neatly organized and free. Also, homeschool high school students using BestGEDClasses are less likely to experience distractions, thus learning is maximized and made more efficient.

This program is also greatly advantageous for teens who cannot attend regular classes due to health reasons.

(more…)

The Home School Foundation (HSF) offers grants to groups and families to support their homeschooling efforts. This post will help you to find if and how HSF can help you. The Home School Foundation has several funds for homeschooling grants:

– The Widows Fund
– The Kids Curriculum Fund
– The Children of Single Parents Fund
– The Special Needs Children Fund
– The Military Fund
– The Emergency Response Fund
– The Global Homeschooling Fund, formerly named the International Fund

HSF’s Financial Support Programs:

– HSLDA Membership
– Patrick Henry College Freshman

(more…)

Schools see breakout success-‘Multiplex’ approach gives students second chance

You know you’re not in your typical high school when the rough-and-tumble minutes between classes are pierced by a double line of sweet-faced second-graders filing quietly past. The high school kids, many of them former dropouts, stop and let them through.

It’s another Monday morning at the Julia Richman Education Complex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The little ones just happen to go to school down the hall. Two floors up, there’s Manhattan International High School, which enrolls recent immigrants. At Talent Unlimited High School, in an annex, singers are warming up.

Richman is one of a new breed of small, specialized schools-within-schools, called multiplex schools by some, that are turning heads nationwide. They offer a second chance to students who couldn’t make it in huge, impersonal high schools. In the process, they’re helping a few cities make a dent in soaring dropout rates.

(more…)

A previous posting about voucher schemes as part of the right wing’s larger War on Public Education solicited this highly enlightening comment from Daniel Newby:

I promoted tax credits, and even vouchers, for many years, until I realized the damage they would do to the private institutions we are attempting to empower.

There are better ways to speed the inevitable collapse of the government school system.

Actually, I found Daniel’s comment to be refreshingly honest. After all, most pro-voucher types couch their arguments with feel-good terms like freedom of choice and claim that vouchers will actually improve public schools; few will come out and admit that the ultimate goal is to destroy public education as we know it and replace it with government-funded religious education and corporate-run schools (yet another example of the religious fanatic/corporate alliance).

(more…)

The decision to homeschool your child or children is often not easily made and usually a complicated process. But giving it a lot of thought may be absolutely worth it, and you definitely wouldn’t like to miss out the chance to give your kids a homeschool education if that is the right thing for them to do.

The following is a (by no means complete) list of the benefits and disadvantages of homeschooling. It will provide you with valuable infrormation on homeschooling that may be useful if you’re considering to educate your children through schooling at home. There are quite a few pros and cons to homeschooling your kids and we hope this article will shine some light on this challenging topic.

(more…)

1. PARTNERSHIPS

Sent to me from an old friend! Researchers from the Center for Study of Entrepreneurship at Marquette University investigated a sample of nearly two thousand companies and categorized the top performers as ‘hypergrowth’ companies and those at the bottom as low growth companies. Solo entrepreneurs founded only 6% of the ‘hypergrowth’ companies.

Partners founded a whopping 94%, and many of those had three or more founders.” “In a poll taken a few years ago, Inc. asked business people if they thought partnerships were a bad idea. Two-thirds of the respondents said they were. When asked why, the majority said they disliked co-ownership because of the partners’ ‘inevitable conflicts’ and ‘unmet expectations’.”

2. THANKS TECHCRUNCH!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the TechCrunch party – and attended with my good friends from MediaTemple (who seem to be powering most of the valley’s hot startups including TechCrunch!) The party was packed – speeches were inaudible – and everyone had a fabulous time.

There were a few demo booths which had some interesting new technology that I quite liked : ) ! It was a fantastic event – and per usual my good friend (and LA to SV transplant) Peter from Photobucket was in full swing – I believe he is the most recruited new bus person in the valley – no only if I could convince him to move back to LA!

(more…)