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Including Life Skills in your Homeschool Curriculum?


Should you incorporate learning life skills into your homeschool curriculum? Life skills are essential to make life easier and more enjoyable. They also play a vital role in helping children become a productive member of society. Not only are parents the leaders of their children’s academic journey, but they also help lead them through life. There will be times when your child will grow up and need to do things on their own. Do they know how to look for auto insurance? Do they understand how to build credit or make informed decisions on choosing a health plan? Can they make simple meals and shop for the right ingredients?

Essential Life Skills for Home Schoolers

  • Budgeting & Money Management

    Making a budget and sticking to it is a big responsibility and an essential skill. Budgeting could help young adults plan for the future, especially if they’re living on their own. Taking the time to introduce credit building early is a great way to get them on the right track. For example, they will need to know about paying for monthly subscription services.
  • Groceries & Cooking Skills

    Cooking skills are always going to be relevant in life. Eating out costs money, and grocery shopping can get expensive. Learning what to look for helps young adults understand budgeting. Knowing what foods are essential in a balanced diet is another crucial skill to learn, and making balanced meals is part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Job-Related Skills

    Learning job-related skills can also be vital for entering the professional world. From writing a resume to preparing for interviews, understanding what goes into applying for a job can be a critical life skill. There are also a few specialized skills your child could learn that would further their career development, like entrepreneurship and networking. Participating in hobbies and building a marketable skill is a fun way to build a resume. They could even start their own business.
  • Critical Thinking Skills

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    Critical thinking and the ability to reason are important life skills for when you live on your own. Critical thinking is defined as a skill where you stop and think rationally about a situation or idea before you make a judgment. Honing this skill can help your child make informed decisions and opinions. Critical thinking skills involve research, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Communication Skills

    Having effective communication skills can help in the long run; they can be helpful in any environment. They can help deliver concepts and ideas, written and oral communication, and understanding ideas. Having interactions with others can also build essential skills such as respecting others’ ideas and developing empathy in understanding others’ feelings.

Help Your Child Grow, Starting Today

We learn new things every day, these are only a few of the many that they will come across in their journey. Learning these things is an experience for you and your child. What are some life skills that have helped you personally! What are some skills you wish you know when you were your child’s age?

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Is This the Year You Decide to Homeschool? – Homeschooling Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

As times have changed, many parents are rethinking the way they educate their children. A great alternative to standardized, classroom learning is homeschooling. Many parents have seen this as an eye-opening experience and there is a better and safer way to provide a great education while at home. We explore homeschooling pros and cons when compared to public education.

Homeschooling Pros and ConsPros of Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a great opportunity to take control of your child’s education. Every child has different learning styles. Some learn by doing, others through listening or visually. Because a classroom has to accommodate a variety of children and their corresponding learning styles, it is hard to give the focused attention needed to maximize a child’s ability to learn. 

With homeschooling, your child’s education can be custom-tailored to their specific needs. You will also gain a great opportunity to spend time and connect with your children. This is greatly beneficial in its own right.

  • Flexibility to choose their curriculum.  Homeschooling is effective for children of all ages, personalities, and accommodating to special situations
  • Involvement. You will gain the invaluable opportunity to spend time with your children and influence them in the most positive way possible. Having a good parent-child relationship is THE critical component of your child’s development. There is no greater predictor of long-term success than having a high-quality family dynamic in a child’s upbringing. 
  • Accountability for your child’s learning. You have the ability to change the schedule, learning approach, and curriculum. Provide your child with the most efficient learning and meaningful learning experience. 
  • Emphasize Extracurricular activities. You can make time for recess, projects, or arts and crafts.
  • Your child can grow up better. Children gain alone time where they can self-reflect on what they learn and what topics and subjects they enjoy, rarely do public school students have this option. 

Homeschooling your child ensures that their learning time focuses on actual learning, not filled with classroom distractions. For more info, visit our page on the benefits of homeschooling.

Cons of Classroom Schooling

homeschool pros and consDuring these uncertain times, it has become clear that our current education system leaves much to be desired.  We have seen schools pushing parents to make difficult decisions about a child’s education and family stability. School boards have left families scrambling, overwhelmed, and powerless in the decisions to keep their children home to learn. 

While some schools do offer “Hybrid” schedules often they lack the stability that a child and families need. Also, children logging into virtual learning sessions that are not engaging or stimulating may result in lower grades or even falling behind.

Let’s face it, the “modern” school system is a lot more like Soviet-era military training than education to be a free-thinking individual. In fact, the American school system we still use today was derived from the Prussian model in the 1800’s. Horace Mann wrote, “The Prussians were using public education to crush the independent spirits of their children and ensure loyalty to their leader.

If you want your child to grow up to be a good factory worker who follows orders without question, public education is a fine option. If you want your child to be independent and free-thinking, you may want to look elsewhere.

But will homeschooling impact my child’s socialization?

When considering homeschooling pros and cons, an area of concern for many parents is homeschool socialization. Since this is such a common concern, it has been addressed in a variety of ways. There are many options to increase your child’s homeschool socialization opportunities. Homeschoolers can develop social skills by having play-time with kids in their neighborhood as well as joining social and sports programs. This is a great opportunity to explore other ways to be social without interfering with learning time.

  • Be involved with volunteer work
  • Sign up  for sport activities
  • Participate in a Bible study program
  • Take part in youth group activities
  • Attend Music classes or other extracurricular activities

Homeschool Pros and ConsAfter learning the pros and cons of homeschooling you should enroll your child at an accredited online homeschool where your child will have the best education, attentiveness, and social development they deserve. Explore our Christian Homeschool Online Program provided by American Academy National Home School.

Christian Education Options

As times change, education must change with it. In the last decade or so, there have been major changes in American society and culture. Public schools try to adapt, but they just can’t keep up. As public schools continue to struggle to provide relevant, quality education, many parents are looking to alternatives. In addition, the public school system is required to remain, at best, neutral in terms of religion. 

This means public school students are only exposed to a secular worldview, often feeling discouraged or afraid to express or discuss their religious beliefs. At worst, especially in higher education, many students are taught things in direct opposition with a Biblical, Christian worldview.

For Christians, this means many of the core principles we believe are either ignored or even discouraged in public schooling, in the name of separation of church and state. While this principle has merit in terms of the way the government itself operates, the separation of church and education runs the risk of being extremely problematic.

Christian Education at Home

Many parents may choose a private institution for their children’s education. Unfortunately, these schools are often expensive and still face many of the challenges that public schools face. Though they are free to teach religion in ways that public schools are not, they are still limited in terms of how education can actually take place. The classroom setting, in general, is often not ideal. Students learn at different rates and in different ways. When a teacher is forced to generalize their approach to education, it is often the students who suffer the most. 

Christian Homeschooling provides a great alternative to traditional education. Not only is teaching at home more cost-effective than enrolling your child in a private school, but your child will also have individualized education from the people that know them best. American Academy provides resources and curriculum for parents looking to teach their children at home. We are accredited by the National Association of Private Schools. Our graduates have been accepted into Tech, Community, and State Colleges and Universities. This program is also approved for admission into the United States Armed Forces.

Our Curriculum

We use the ACE Christian Curriculum for our Self-Instructional Work Text Pace Program and for online education, we use the Ignitia online program. The ACE program is a specialized system that teaches not only academic concepts but critical thinking skills and Biblical Christian character-building principles. 

This Christian Education program emphasizes individual development, using a mastery-based advancement system, rather than a merely chronological grade-level advancement program. This ensures that students only progress when they have truly understood the concepts and skills related to the given course. This means that students who learn a concept quickly are able to advance quickly, keeping them interested and motivated. For students that learn more slowly, they have the time they need to gain a comprehensive understanding of the given material. 

Online Programs

The online program places parents in a partnership role. This means they don’t have to plan the lessons themselves and students have the freedom to work at their own pace. The material is organized and selected in a way that ensures the students gain a school year’s worth of education, but are limited to a rigid, classroom agenda. This is a great option for parents as well. The self-teaching structure of the online program allows students to work on their own, with the parents acting in more of a supervisory role. The program includes parent training to make sure they are prepared and understand the best way to support their child’s education.

American Academy’s Christian Education Experience

The American Academy was established in 1987 and has served families for over 30 years. Dr, Reynolds and his wife Linda saw a need to help homeschool families and began the American Academy homeschool program while serving in the Christian School Ministry as Principal and Secretary.

American Academy’s Accredited Christian Homeschool Program is designed to accelerate your child’s learning while maintaining a higher standard for homeschooling programs. We have optimized our Accredited Christian Homeschool Programs to provide your child with an academically sound curriculum that supports a Christian Worldview.

Christian Education

ACE Curriculum – Proudly used by American Academy National Home School

ACE Curriculum

A.C.E. stands for Accelerated Christian Education. This program is used by schools and homeschools across the globe. The ACE curriculum uses three broad categories to educate students and build their character. The categories are a K-12 curriculum based on the Bible, student conventions, and programs, as well as professional training. 

This program is unique in that it is a comprehensive system. It goes beyond mere academic education. The ACE program is designed to provide life-changing, character-building education that will prepare students to succeed throughout their lives. By creating a God-centered education environment of truth and love, students will develop an attitude of kindness and a deeper understanding of God and His plans for their lives.

ACE Academic Curriculum

Academics are core to the ACE program. Our approach is centered around building and developing skills based on the student’s individual mastery and pace of understanding. They are not required to keep up with other students. This has proven to be extremely effective and motivating for students. If they learn quickly, they advance quickly and don’t get bored. If they learn slowly, they will have the time they need to fully understand a concept. 

The ACE curriculum is designed in such a way that students will only advance in a subject once they have mastered the concepts of the level they are on. Once they have mastered a given skill, they are then introduced to new concepts. This ensures the students’ complete understanding of a concept and keeps them interested and motivated by moving at their pace, not the institution’s.

The ACE Program vs Public Education

Due to the chronological nature of conventional schooling, students are forced to learn the same concepts at the same rate. Students go from grade to grade, and teachers are required to cover the subjects covered in standardized testing in the hopes their students test well and the school continues to receive its funding. This is a common result of a bureaucratic education system. For this reason, even the most well-meaning public schools are often forced to prioritize “checking boxes” over actually providing meaningful education to their students.

The ACE curriculum restores freedom to education. By emphasizing Biblical principles, mastery-based learning, individualized pacing, and development of critical thinking skills, students are given the best opportunity to learn and grow as academics and individuals. ACE replaces traditional grade-level advancement in favor of mastery-based advancement. Students progress through their education based on their understanding of concepts, not their age. By reinforcing their education with a Biblical worldview, students emerge from this unique and effective program with not only a greater level of academic achievement but build lasting, positive character traits that will help them in all aspects of their lives.

American Academy and the ACE Curriculum

American Academy Educational Program is totally individualized and has a true focus on education. Mastery education which trains a child with a mastery of the concepts of academic knowledge, financial knowledge, physical (health) knowledge, proper relationships, and spiritual knowledge, makes up a true education. Homeschooling with the proper tools, curriculum, and structure will help the child to acquire these values for life.

Christian Homeschooling – A Biblical Case

Is there a Biblical Case for Christian Homeschooling?

Christian Homeschooling is growing more and more popular each year. The Bible teaches that a child’s education is the parent’s responsibility. Do you really want to outsource the most important thing in your child’s development to a stranger who doesn’t share the values you want your child to develop?

What does the Bible say?

Ephesians 6:4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

This passage provides an interesting contrast between provoking anger and the discipline of the Lord. This means that not only should we avoid provoking our children to anger, but that bringing them up in the discipline of the Lord will help them to not be easily provoked to anger. The key is God’s instruction, not just avoiding doing the wrong thing. When our children learn to be disciplined and follow God’s instructions of love and truthfulness, they are less vulnerable to negative feelings and emotions. It is also shown to be the parent’s responsibility to make sure this happens. That may not necessarily mean they do all the teaching themselves, but it is at least their job to make sure it is done right. 

1 Corinthians 15:33Do not be deceived! “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

While some schools are certainly more radical than others, public schooling has become increasingly less accepting of traditional values in favor of post-modernism and secular humanism. These sorts of dangerous ideologies led to many of the human catastrophes that occurred in 20th century Russia, China, and other Communist regimes. If you examine the modern public school curriculum, you can see the seeds of this type of collectivist worldview being sowed into our public education system.

Spend more time with your children

The average student spends over 6 hours a day in public school. Do you really want to give secular, government-run systems access to your kids for over 1,000 hours a year? School-aged children are more susceptible to peer pressure and outside influence than any other time in their life. While you don’t want to shelter your kids from the whole world, Christian homeschooling gives you the opportunity to make sure your kids are safe and equipped with the right knowledge to be strong individuals who love their country and are rooted in the love and wisdom of Christ.

Deuteronomy 6:7And you shall recite them to your children, and you shall talk about them at the time of your living in your house and at the time of your going on the road and at the time of your lying down and at the time of your rising up.

Education doesn’t stop when school is over. In fact, we never stop learning. This passage shows us that we should also never stop teaching. We should be bringing our children up in the wisdom and teachings of the Lord at all times, in the way we live our lives and in the instructions we give our children. The school day is a big chunk of time where you don’t have the chance to influence your children in a positive way. No one knows your children as well as you do, no matter how well-intentioned they may be. Christian homeschooling allows you to ensure your children are growing in both knowledge and in faith. 

Christian Homeschooling can teach your children values they will pass on and carry through their lives.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

The lessons our children learn in their youth get carried with them throughout their lives. As good lessons give them lasting wisdom to help guide them through life, bad lessons or untruth can cripple them throughout their lives and lead them to ruin. No good parent wants to see their child suffer or live a broken life. The lessons they take with them from childhood will either be their compass or be their downfall. Make sure you train your children in the right way. Christian homeschooling provides a great path for you to do this.

Genesis 18:19 [God said], “I have chosen him, that he may [direct] his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

Part of the reason God chose Abraham is that Abraham would not only listen to God (most of the time, at least) but teach his children to know and follow God as well. God wants to bless us and the generations that follow. It is important that we pass along these values so our children will be able to pass them on for generations to come. This way, God’s blessings, wisdom, and love can spread throughout humanity. Our chief calling, to spread the gospel, begins in our homes with our children. 

2 Timothy 3:15 From childhood you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 

Timothy was a great leader in the early church. Paul recognized this and pointed out that it was Timothy’s childhood knowledge of the scriptures that provided him wisdom and salvation. Because Timothy knew God was the source of the wisdom of the scriptures, he could have faith in them. If we give our children that same level of confidence and knowledge, they will be equipped to live their best lives.

Where can I find a good Christian Homeschooling program?

American Academy’s Accredited Christian Homeschool Program is designed to accelerate your child’s learning while maintaining a higher standard for homeschooling programs. We have optimized our Accredited Christian Homeschool Programs to provide your child with an academically sound curriculum that supports a Christian worldview. 

 

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What is the Best Age for Children to Enroll in Home School?

When Should I Start to Enroll in Home School?

Of course, that answer to “When to Enroll in Home School” is most of the time found on both ends of the spectrum and it depends on the circumstance. The politically correct response would reply that the right time to start homeschooling a child is when the opportunity arises (financially and otherwise) and when the parent has the time. The other answer is based on a philosophy made back in the 1960s.
Captain Kangaroo, a mastermind of children’s television, once said that children learn more in the first six years than at any other time. This statement is something we at National Home School believe wholeheartedly. To begin homeschooling during this crucial period in a child’s development is to maximize that window of learning opportunity thrown open, big, and wide. It is at this time when impactful advances in problem solving, language acquisition, and reasoning occur.
Everything is new to the child during these early stages. Their fascination with the simple is beyond inspirational as their brain acts as a sponge and soaks up knowledge with all the innocence and honesty of pure inquiry. This is their best opportunity to learn. In our opinion, to start later than this feels like it may, unfortunately, involve some “unlearning” of academic habits geared toward generic teaching to the masses that may not be useful to the child in the grand scheme of things. Reversing the habits of keeping “busy” while conforming to face-less “one-size-fits-all” education seems useless and unproductive given the context of the bigger picture of life.

One Crucial Statistic

Research shows that the benefits of early childhood education go well beyond educational attainment. For example, studies show that it can boost the child’s earnings later on in life. Long-term analysis suggests that early childhood education can increase earnings in adulthood by 1.3 – 3.5 percent (The Economics of Early Childhood Investments) and these earnings gains alone are bigger than the costs of such programs. Other evidence-supporting statistics exist in areas of social and emotional attainments, health, criminal behavior, and the list goes on.

Ultimately, It’s Your Decision

As you can see, there is a right time for a child to Enroll in Home School. Parents may be baffled, authorities may allude to it, but in the end, the child’s brain is the most trusting expert to consult on the matter. We can provide you the information, but ultimately it is your decision.

Need Help?

If you need assistance in helping your child Enroll in Home School, give us a call at 866-605-7772 or visit our FAQ Page. We also have an Enrollment page that will walk you through the steps to enroll your child in home school.

Benefits of Homeschooling

Homeschooling, in many cases, can be extremely beneficial by customizing how students learn. Many studies have found out that homeschooled students on average outperform their peers when it comes to standardized testing. Another study also found that homeschooled graduates are active and involved in their communities, are more involved in civic affairs, and more are happier and have a brighter outlook on life when compared to the general US population. Here are some benefits of homeschooling your children.
Homeschoolers’ ACT and SAT scores are higher than those of public school students, and home-educated college students perform as well as or better than traditionally educated students. Homeschooling is one-on-one tutoring which some studies have shown that in schools, the smaller the student-teacher ratio, the better the students learn. Another benefit of homeschooling is the students are helped individually, and teachers ensure that all students master a basic skill or concept before going to a more advanced one. It ensures that genuine learning is taking place. Homeschooling is, one on one ratio of teaching which helps give the student a better understanding of the course material.
Homeschooling tailors learning to specific children’s educational needs. Parents are able to assess their kids’ strengths, weaknesses, learning styles and interests. Homeschooling allows parents to customize their children’s education to maximize learning, strengthen weaknesses and allow focus on special areas of interest or giftedness. This makes students highly motivated to learn, and helps improve the student develop a love for learning.
Homeschooled kids tend to think more independently so they are unlikely to follow the ideas of a group without first making up their own minds. College students who were homeschooled as a child have also said that they feel more mature than their dorm mates, because they know how to think for themselves and aren’t influenced as readily by peer pressure.
Homeschooling makes learning interesting since learning is specifically tailored to individuals, it makes them put consistent effort into learning. Students also don’t have to waste time on what they already mastered while other kids are catching up. Homeschooling makes kids work for the knowledge, instead of grades.
Homeschooling provides a safer learning environment compared to public schools because children who are homeschooled are not exposed to teasing, bullying, negative peer pressure, bad influences, and in some cases, bad or even misbehaving teachers.
Homeschooling strengthens closeness of the family, and parents’ relationships to children are made deepe. Since parents are the teachers, parents get to  spend more time with their kids, and are able to watch them grow up. Families are able to take vacations and family trips because with online homeschooling, the classes can be taught anywhere.
Homeschooling accommodates special needs because their curriculum can be crafted around their needs. This also helps children who are hyperactive or not behaving according to the norm, but otherwise have good intellect,  from being unfairly labeled as needing special education.
Homeschooling is considered the most beneficial educational experiences and when a homeschool student was asked about it they reported that they were much more independent in their approach to life and learning. They had never felt the need to follow the crowd, and this served them well. In regard to having to solve learning problems, they were much more independent in seeking out the answers themselves. Learn about the Benefits of Homeschooling online from National Homeschool!

Preparing Homeschoolers for Standardized Testing

For most homeschool and public school students, preparing for standardized testing is said to be the most stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you plan ahead and properly prepare your child, taking standardized testing as the SAT or ACT will be like a walk in the park. Most schools look to see if your child took the SAT or ACT. You don’t always need to take both so you should check with a few schools your child might be interested in and confirm what test they should take. Here is a list of topics to focus on to prepare for both the SAT and ACT.

Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is critical for both the SAT and the ACT. For the SAT, there are five Reading Comprehension passages for you to focus on while the ACT has four Reading passages. f you haven’t done so already, start by practicing with reading something perhaps not all that interesting to you. It’s easy to breeze through a novel you enjoy, but when was the last time you looked forward to learning about something that you weren’t interested in. This is exactly what you can expect to come across on both the SAT and the ACT.
So how do you prepare yourself? By familiarizing yourself with the question types you can expect to see on the tests. On the Reading section of the SAT, you can expect to see questions like ‘what does the author suggest when they refer to a specific term’ or ‘according to a certain passage, what of the following statements are true’. While the ACT focuses on more of the literary narrative aspect.

Grammar

For those who don’t like spending nights proofreading published books, you can best prepare by brushing up on your grammar skills, such as learning when to use a semicolon, apostrophe, comma, and colon. On both the SAT and the ACT, it is important that you follow the passage used for writing and grammar as a whole. This means paying attention to the sentences as one collective passage because both tests ask questions that rely on you doing that. Additionally, both the SAT and the ACT ask you what effect a new sentence will have if inserted at a specific point in the passage.

Writing

For both the SAT and the ACT, there is an optional essay you can write that will add an extra chunk of time to complete. If you can write well under pressure, it might be worth it to you. It’s also possible that it’s required by the college you’ve chosen, so like we discussed before, double check with your college of choice before taking either test. On the SAT, you’ll be given a reading passage followed by a prompt and will have to write an essay in response to the prompt. For the ACT, you’ll just be given a writing prompt (no reading passage precedes it) and will write your answer. For this section of the exams, the best way to prepare is to write under actual test-taking conditions. The internet is full of example writing prompts for both tests and you should practice writing your responses in an area free of noise and distractions and with a timer.
The best way to prepare yourself for the SAT or ACT is to go into the test knowing exactly what is on it. Familiarizing yourself with the test content well before the big day is a proactive way of mastering these standardized tests because you know what you’re getting yourself into. National Homeschool has all the programs and courses your child needs to properly prepare for the SAT or ACT standardized testing. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your child get into their dream college.

What is a Homeschool Co-op?

A homeschool co-op is a group of families who meet and work together to achieve common goals. Homeschool co-ops are usually organized around social time, extracurricular activities, and other non-academic class requirements that students need to graduate like art, physical education, and music. Activities and classes that are part of a homeschool co-op may be led by parents, or the parents pay for teachers and activity leaders. There may be as few as three families in a small co-op or as many as several hundred children in the largest co-ops.
Less formal co-ops are typically led by one or two main leaders who form the co-op with a specific vision, usually in support of goals for their own children. They usually plan meetings, arrange a meeting location, and strongly influence the schedule and offerings of the homeschool co-op. They’ll typically try to find other parents who share their vision and who are willing to work co-operatively on the details of activities. Most decisions are made by voting, with guidance from the leaders.
More formal and larger co-ops may have a board of directors and a designated administrator who takes care of and oversees all operations of the homeschool co-op. Decisions for these co-ops are usually governed by a vote by the directors, who are frequently parents of children participating in the co-op. Some co-ops may be ministries of churches, and therefore they fall under a church’s administration.

What’s The Difference Between a Homeschool Co-op and a Homeschool Group?

Local homeschool groups tend to be larger and more general purpose than homeschool co-ops. The purpose of homeschool groups help homeschooled students socialize by planning events like field trips, days in the park, parties, and clubs. Some homeschool groups may also create a homeschool co-op that is one of their activities. Other co-ops are completely independent of any larger homeschool group. Often, people meet at a homeschool group and spin off in their own smaller co-op. There is also a small version of a homeschool co-op that is sometimes called a club. These typically are arranged around one activity or academic subject area, and may meet less frequently like once a month.

What Are The Benefits of a Homeschool Co-op?

A homeschool co-op provides an opportunity for homeschooled students to experience learning in a group atmosphere without having to attend public school. A homeschool co-op can also make what might be a boring class at home alone a much more enjoyable endeavor. It’s a relief for students not to be the one expected to give all the answers and a learning experience to get the input and perspective of other students.
Some subjects require equipment or supplies that can be expensive for a family to purchase to teach the class effectively, such as a microscope and other lab equipment. A homeschool co-op allows the group to share the expense of equipment by all helping pay for it. Sometimes it’s necessary to hire an instructor for classes that parents feel unqualified to teach, such as a foreign language or a high level science course, this expense can also be shared among participating families making it possible to provide high quality classes.
The main thing to remember about participating in a co-op is that it is not a one way street. Parents need to work collaboratively to create something that all the families benefit from, and you and your child are expected not to just receive from the homeschool co-op, but also to give to the co-op.

The Benefits of Homeschooling Vs Public Schooling

Are you a parent that’s thinking about enrolling your child into a homeschool program?
Are you having concerns if homeschooling your child is the right thing to do compared to public school and their programs?
You may have heard from other parents that homeschooling their child was the best decision they’ve ever made, but you’re concerned that your child may not develop the social skills they will need to help bond with other kids and adults.
If you’re presently having these thoughts, it is perfectly ok.
We’ve talked to many parents during our consultations, who have experienced the same concerns that all parents feel.
In the end, we’ve come to realize all parents just want their child to have the best education possible while simultaneously building communication and life skills.
This post will point out the benefits of homeschooling vs public schooling and why homeschooling, in our opinion, is the best option for your child’s education and social development.
Here are the benefits of homeschooling vs public schooling:

You’re accountable for your child’s learning

Yes, following up on your child to make sure they are learning important subjects in a timely fashion can be exhausting but imagine public school teachers having to deal with 30+ kids for 8 hours? Your child may not get the attention they need if other kids are battling for the same attention from their teachers.

You have the flexibility to choose their curriculum

When it comes to education, you want your child to learn how to read, write, and develop math skills, in addition to gaining transferable skills such as learning how to become a leader, developing software engineering skills and other specialized programs. Also, if you come from a religious background, you will want your child to develop the same morals and principles. Do you think you will get that from a public school program? Probably not. When you enroll your child into a public school setting, you’re now at the mercy of their curriculum and philosophy. If you’re a parent that’s selective in what you want your child to learn, homeschooling should be at the top of your decision making.

Your child can grow up better compared to other kids in public school

According to Family Education, kids who are homeschooled tend to develop fewer problems compared to kids who went to public school. This is because homeschooled kids have some alone time where they can self-reflect on what they learn and what topics and subjects they enjoy. This is a big contrast compared to public schoolers are being watched around the clock. Also, homeschoolers can develop social skills by having play-time with other homeschoolers and kids in their neighborhood as well as joining social and sports programs.

homeschooling vs public schooling

Now that you know that benefits of homeschooling vs public schooling, you as a parent should be comfortable to enrolling your child at an accredited online homeschool where your child will have the best education, attentiveness, and social development they deserve.