Socialization of Homeschool Students – Homeschooling

One of the most frequent questions parents of homeschooled children get asked is “what about socialization?” Children that are homeschooled are not kept out of society, they are just receiving their schooling in a different manner than peers their own age. Parents that homeschool usually enroll their children in activities outside of school such as dance, music and foreign languages. These parents also take their children on more field trips and offer them more educational opportunities than children in traditional schools. Children that are homeschooled often have more socialization than children in schools because they get to interact in more situations with a wide variety of people.Socialization is defined by Merriam Webster as “the process by which a human being beginning at infancy acquires the habits, beliefs, and accumulated knowledge of society through education and training for adult status.” There is no definition that states that the only way an education can be obtained is through attending public or parochial schools. Many of our forefathers were educated either at home or by a governess. In addition, there are many famous people that were homeschooled, including Thomas Edison, LeAnn Rimes, William F. Buckley, Jr., Ansel Adams and Abraham Lincoln.The average student spends approximately 7.5 hours in school each day. Class time takes up about 6.5 hours of the school day. That leaves one hour, which is usually spent at lunch or walking in the hallways between classes. The lunch hour and walking between classes doesn’t leave much time for socialization. The solution for both sets of children is to participate in after school activities, join clubs or take lessons off campus.Why is there such negativity surrounding the socialization of homeschooled students? The answer may be simple; the public doesn’t know much about the teaching methods behind homeschooling. What we don’t understand we mistrust. The basic tenet of homeschool teaching methods is to engage in activities outside of a classroom in order to explore the world to the fullest extent. Ideas as well as individuals are valued in this environment. Educators may be quick to add that some homeschool methods don’t use tests or competitive learning. Parents of homeschoolers agree, but that doesn’t mean that their children aren’t social or competitive. Homeschooled children frequently win the National Geographic Bee and the Scripps National Spelling Bee.So what gave homeschooling such a bad rap? Prior to the 1960’s, homeschooling was one way to protect children that had learning or mental problems. Rather than institutionalize a child or let them be harassed at school, many parents simply kept their child at home. This has led to the current day notion that homeschooled children are anti-social or unable to function outside of their homes.The media as well as homeschooling groups and organizations are working hard to dispel the rumor that children who learn in this environment are anti-social. With homeschooled children winning more and more national competitions, it is only a matter of time before parents realize what a gem this form of education really is.To stay abreast of the current trends, information and resources available for homeschool parents, teachers and students subscribe to Homeschool Success News or other publications specializing in meeting the needs of homeschool families.If you need an online tutor, courseware or wish to offer your services as a paid online tutor contact Homeschool Tutor Professional at our main website referenced below. Magic Learning Systems also provides excellent products to enhance the homeschool experience for teachers and students. You may contact this provider via Homeschool Success Newsletter.Dr. J. Elisha BurkeEditor, Homeschool Success Newsletterjeb@homeschooltutorpro.com[http://hsnews.homeschooltutorpro.com]Copyright 2005 Burke Publications All Rights Reserved

Tips for Getting Started With Homeschooling – Homeschooling

So you’re considering homeschooling? Where do you start?As with everything in life, those who prepare are more apt to succeed. This is true for homeschooling too. The majority of the structure and organization of the homeschool is up to you. Planning ahead will reduce pitfalls and improve the effectiveness of your homeschool.There are many ways of creating your plan but there are some basics you should address. Here are guidelines to help you get started with your homeschooling preparation.o First and most important, get a commitment from everyone in the household who will affect or be affected by the homeschool. Make sure they understand that they are going to contribute to the success of the homeschool.o Gather information and resources. You can get valuable information by visiting homeschooling web sites, signing up for free online newsletters, visiting homeschooling message board and join homeschooling chats and email lists. Find homeschooling events calendars online and attend homeschooling conferences. Subscribe to homeschooling magazines. Visit a book store or go to your local library.o Become familiar with homeschooling laws in your state. It is usually simple to satisfy the laws. There are many websites that provide this information. The local public school district office and the public library can also help you in this area.o Join a homeschooling support group in your area. It is very important to exchange ideas in a group. This can be a group of homeschooling friends or families associated with your curriculum. You can also find regional homeschooling support groups and state level homeschooling associations. Other homeschoolers can offer a wealth of information on a variety of subjects. They can help with many aspects of homeschooling, i.e. choosing curriculum, record keeping, meeting the state laws, and group activities. Some have been homeschooling for a long time and have solutions to difficulties you might encounter. You too can contribute by bringing new and fresh ideas. Even if you want to keep your autonomy, find a group that fits your needs. These groups can streamline your homeschooling and prevent common pitfalls.o Choose your curriculum. You can choose a complete program or create one yourself. It can new, used, shared or borrowed. It can be expensive or cost nothing. This is where a homeschooling network is valuable. Get input from other homeschoolers. See what has worked them and what fits for you. Takes cues from your children. Use the Internet or go to the library to research your options.o Set up a record keeping system. There are many different styles of record keeping. You can develop your own style of record keeping. Your record keeping can be as simple as a daily journal or as complicated as keeping track of daily schedules, and setting short- and long-term goals. Also, your curriculum may determine how you keep records. Determine what final result you want. Check out local colleges, trade schools universities and see what they require. Find out what record keeping is required by law. Consult your support group and find what has worked for them.Planning ahead both short- and long-term goals will go a long way towards your homeschooling success.

Tips for Getting Started With Homeschooling – Homeschooling

So you’re considering homeschooling? Where do you start?As with everything in life, those who prepare are more apt to succeed. This is true for homeschooling too. The majority of the structure and organization of the homeschool is up to you. Planning ahead will reduce pitfalls and improve the effectiveness of your homeschool.There are many ways of creating your plan but there are some basics you should address. Here are guidelines to help you get started with your homeschooling preparation.o First and most important, get a commitment from everyone in the household who will affect or be affected by the homeschool. Make sure they understand that they are going to contribute to the success of the homeschool.o Gather information and resources. You can get valuable information by visiting homeschooling web sites, signing up for free online newsletters, visiting homeschooling message board and join homeschooling chats and email lists. Find homeschooling events calendars online and attend homeschooling conferences. Subscribe to homeschooling magazines. Visit a book store or go to your local library.o Become familiar with homeschooling laws in your state. It is usually simple to satisfy the laws. There are many websites that provide this information. The local public school district office and the public library can also help you in this area.o Join a homeschooling support group in your area. It is very important to exchange ideas in a group. This can be a group of homeschooling friends or families associated with your curriculum. You can also find regional homeschooling support groups and state level homeschooling associations. Other homeschoolers can offer a wealth of information on a variety of subjects. They can help with many aspects of homeschooling, i.e. choosing curriculum, record keeping, meeting the state laws, and group activities. Some have been homeschooling for a long time and have solutions to difficulties you might encounter. You too can contribute by bringing new and fresh ideas. Even if you want to keep your autonomy, find a group that fits your needs. These groups can streamline your homeschooling and prevent common pitfalls.o Choose your curriculum. You can choose a complete program or create one yourself. It can new, used, shared or borrowed. It can be expensive or cost nothing. This is where a homeschooling network is valuable. Get input from other homeschoolers. See what has worked them and what fits for you. Takes cues from your children. Use the Internet or go to the library to research your options.o Set up a record keeping system. There are many different styles of record keeping. You can develop your own style of record keeping. Your record keeping can be as simple as a daily journal or as complicated as keeping track of daily schedules, and setting short- and long-term goals. Also, your curriculum may determine how you keep records. Determine what final result you want. Check out local colleges, trade schools universities and see what they require. Find out what record keeping is required by law. Consult your support group and find what has worked for them.Planning ahead both short- and long-term goals will go a long way towards your homeschooling success.