Homeschooling: not always at home
Homeschooling can offer your kids a myriad of educational life experiences.
Over 1.5 million kids
Or 3% of all kids
84% received all education at home
11% go to school <9 hours a week
5% go to school from 9-25 hours a week
But that doesn't mean they're trapped at home.
They're busy doing some cool things.
Reasons for homeschooling:
36% Religious or moral instruction
21% Concern about school environment (safety, drugs, negative peer pressure)
17% dissatisfaction with academic instruction
14% Other reasons (family time, finances, travel, distance)
7% Want to provide a non-traditional approach to education
6% health problems or special needs
In general homeschooled kids are smart:
2009 homeschoolers who took the
(1) California Achievement test
(2) The Iowa Test of Basic Skills
and (3)The Stanford Achievement Test
Scored in the:
89th percentile in reading
84th percentile in math
84th percentile in language
86th percentile in science
and 84th percentile in social studies.
Public school students scored in the 50th percentile for every category of the same tests.
They can learn a lot out in the world.
Silicon Valley Homeschooling Groups have pioneered homeschooling outside.
Santa Clara Park Hoppers
Mid Peninsula Homeschoolers
Once a week meetings in local parks.
What can you learn there?
1.) Natural Science
2.) Social Skills
NY and other regions with world-class libraries have a vast educational resource
1.) It’s free!
2.) Connection to community events.
3.) Books are the basis of a solid education.
No permission slips, no need to schedule months in advance, there are potential field trips all around you.
4.) Musical Events
6.) Historical Sites
Even Walmart, or the mall.
Even routine errands can be structured as learning experiences for homeschoolers.
1st grader — learn to count money.
7th grader — write about marketing ideas
12th grader — create an anthropological field study.
Take non-peak season trips. Save money, expand your kids mind.
Exploring the country
A historical site a few hours away
Or destinations across the world
Bridge the gap between the culture your kid likes and what they should learn.
Cultivate a hobby–
Many homsechoolers use the flexibility to focus on a passion there would be no time for at school.
Many famous child actors are homeschooled.
Child sports stars
Or any hobby you can think of.
Arguably, you can learn much more at home than at school.