1. Why Do Families Homeschool?
Many Christian parents are committed to educating their children at home. Their underlying motivation is the conviction that this is God’s will for them. They are concerned for the spiritual and character development as well as the social and academic welfare of their children.
2. Is Homeschooling Legal?
Each state sets its own laws governing home education. Meeting the requirements of these laws may be as simple as informing the school district of your intent to homeschool and having your children tested or as complex as fulfilling requirements to become a private school. In Connecticut, the State Board of Education acknowledges the right of parents to instruct their children at home as an alternative to public school attendance; and advises local and regional boards of education, where such child would otherwise be attending public school to acknowledge home instruction when the parent or person have control of a child between the ages of seven and sixteen is able to show that the child is receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools.
3. Are Parents Qualified to teach their own Children?
Yes! Yes! Yes! You know your own children better than anyone else and have the deepest love and concern for them. Regardless of your own education background, you are uniquely qualified to educate your children. If there are subjects that you are not familiar with, then learn together, or seek the help of other homeschooling parents who are strong in those subject areas.
4. What Materials Are Available?
There are endless resources available for today’s homeschooling families. In addition to fine publishers, we hold an annual used curriculum book sale, where you are able to purchase educational materials for a fraction of the list price. Sign up for our free e-mail alerts and visit here to find out more information.
5. How Much Time Does it Take?
Homeschooling takes a time commitment, but not as much as your might expect. One-on-one tutoring is more efficient than classroom instruction and thus takes less time. The time requirement varies according to the methods used, the ages of the children, and how many children in the family are being taught. At TEACH, we believe that homeschooling is a way of life. The Word of God encourages parents to teach their children constantly! When you talk with them, when you sit with them in your house, when you walk with them by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.
6. How Can We Teach Several Children at Once?
Subjects such as Bible, science, history, and literature are not dependent on prerequisite skills and can be taught to several grade levels together. Designing age/grade appropriate projects and assignments based on the lesson material can be done easily and efficiently. Many older children can do much of their work independently allowing parents to spend more focused time with younger children.
7. What about Socialization?
This is probably the most frequently asked question, and is perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of homeschooling. Popular opinion assumes that children need long periods of interaction with a large group of peers to acquire social skills. However, it is been overwhelmingly proven that homeschool students are able to adapt to life situations with grace and ease, in fact, they often have greater social skills and can easily interact with people of all ages through neighborhood, church relationships and family friends.
8. What About My Child’s Special Interests?
A wealth of experiences outside the home can supplement and enrich home education. Unlimited possibilities abound for field trips that individual families or groups can take. These provide valuable in-the-field learning laboratories. We encourage you to get involved with a local support group and see how you can mutually encourage other families.
9. Shouldn’t Christian Children be left in School to Witness?
Young children are more likely to be influenced by the majority than to be a testimony to them. Children who receive their education outside of the home are prone to accept their peers’ and teacher’ values over those of their parents. We believe that while it is inappropriate for us to use our children to save the public schools, it is indeed appropriate for mature Christian adults to influence for good all areas of our society, including public education.
10. Are Home-School students Accepted into college?
Home-educated student have very little problems being accepted into colleges and universities. Many colleges and universities acknowledge the large percentage of students which are homeschooled, and actively work to recruit and accommodate them based on their character and often outstanding academic achievements.
11. What are Some Difficulties in Homeschooling?
At TEACH, we believe it is vitally important for both parents to be 100% committed to the education of their children. Without this commitment there is undue stress placed on one or both parents.
12. How do we get started? Easy! Visit our webpage, Homeschooling 101, for more information.
These questions were prepared based on an article by Sue Welch and Cindy Short, editors of The Teaching Home, and adapted for use on teachct.org by The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers of Connecticut.