Homeschooling has been a great thing for our family! My kids are second generation homeschoolers. Both my husband and I were homeschooled during high school. Now we aren’t against public education in anyway. We are what we like to call PRO education, choosing the best of all available options for our kids. In our case the only options we had to choose from were public school or homeschooling so homeschooling won. If we lived somewhere different where there was access to Immersion Language schools, Waldorf or Montessori schools, charter schools, etc. our kids’ educations might look different than what they do now.
As it is, we live in such a small town there aren’t any violin teachers and Laura and Ira take guitar lessons from my dad via Google Hangout. Thank goodness for technology! And thank goodness my parents made sure I had great piano teachers and am able to teach all my kids the piano.
Because we do homeschool I’m always interested in why others do it too. This graphic covers a history of home-schooling beginning in 1977 discussing important waypoints along the timeline to the present day. Did you know 3.4% of school aged children are now home-schooled? It has doubled from 1.7% in 1999. The graph shows the reasons why so many parents have chosen to home-school, with the most frequent reason being that they are concerned about the environment of other schools. Our top two reasons would be “moral instruction” and “dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools.” There are also tips for starting the home-school process. Click on the image to enlarge it and read it better.
How do you stay involved with your kids’ education?