With so many homeschool catalogs to choose from, it’s hard to know what to look for and what to choose. Here are some tips that I use to find what I need without getting overwhelmed. One advantage of catalogs is that you can view them in the comfort of your own home. Take your time and don’t buy any more than what you think you will absolutely need.1. Fold down pages of the items you like and want to look at again.2. Circle items that are interesting to you that you might want to use for one of your children.3. Use a free planner (check the resources listed below) to help you know what to choose for your children. Basically you need to list each child and each subject. List what you are looking at for each child and each subject. After you have looked and prayed about your list, you can circle one or two items under each subject and focus on those for the year. The rest of the items on the lists can be the start of your list for next year.4. Get rid of catalogs that don’t appeal to you. There is no reason to keep a huge pile of homeschool catalogs that you don’t enjoy looking at. Keep your favorites and get rid of the rest.5. Remember that less is better. Just because you have 3 language curriculums, doesn’t mean your child will learn what they need to learn. Get just what you need and add more resources later if you find that you need to supplement what you are using. January is a good time reevaluate your year and purchase more materials if needed.Whether you use a packaged curriculum or choose your own books, you will probably be looking at a homeschool catalog at some point. Even the most veteran homeschool Mom can get overwhelmed with all the information and books available. Take a deep breath and take one child and one subject at a time. Feel free to use the same material for more than one child especially in Science and History.
Homeschooling is not for everyone. It’s not even for most. It takes diligence, creativity, a willingness to learn (all the time), and a passion for seeing your children grow in wisdom and intelligence, two things that are not always the same. If you have all of these things and are considering homeschooling, there is something else you should consider before you begin.To illustrate this “something more” that you will need, I’d like to quote a line from the movie Selena. In the movie, the father is describing the difficulty in taking his Mexican-American family into Mexico to do a concert. He feels his family may not be prepared for the double-standard that they will face as Americans, whose first language is English, when they travel to sing songs in Spanish to a Mexican national audience. He says, “We have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans, and more American than the Americans, both at the same time. It’s exhausting!”Homeschooling has this double standard in some ways. As a homeschooler, you will be expected to be more educated and intelligent in order to prove the validity of homeschooling to those who doubt you, but you will also be expected to be “different” in ways that let others rationalize your decision to homeschool. To get into college, you may be expected to show more scholastic evidence, have higher scores, and submit to additional testing in many cases, but you will also be shown as proof of their diversity when colleges accept you. There is a double standard for homeschoolers and being aware of it is important.If you are already homeschooling, then you know all about this. If you are just beginning to consider homeschooling, then keep this in mind. Either way, it is important that you follow a practice of documenting your work, keeping good records, preparing for tests diligently, including standardized tests such as SAT and ACT tests, and maintaining an identity that is consistent with who you are and what your core values are. Ultimately, that is the only way that you will be able to effectively homeschool.As Selena and her family realized, they had to be true to themselves but mindful of the context in which they sang. For homeschoolers, this is true as well. There are regulations and standards to follow. If you are unfamiliar with the state codes in your area, visit the Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s website and get help. Know them well so that you can know the context in which you are educating your children. But, you will also need to know what your goals and purposes are for homeschooling. This will allow you to homeschool for your reasons, not someone else’s. Be true to yourself as a homeschooler, and your children will have the integrity and educational background to handle the double standard.
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To provide an informed non profit organization of homeschooling support.To recommend homeschooling support and information to individuals who are all philosophical persuasions who are homeschooling support.Organization of homeschooling support is a comprehensive group dedicated to help out all homeschooling members in the common aim of educating their children at home. There are many homeschooling support organizations over worldwide. Presently like all features of homeschooling support association, some families use their local groups and some do not. Some families seek such homeschooling support associations as they want to teach their child right from their home.Homeschooling support offers with customized leaflet and methods which let them to study and grow naturally, normal children climb the academic ladder in a drastically shorter time frame as compared to their peers in traditional schools. They are teaches in a responsive, relaxed setting with procedure matched to their own fastidious learning style and are therefore free to dedicate extra time to discussion, thinking, and exploration of their interests in a full variety of activities, many of which comprise work and service to others.Possibly the most important advantage is the option that homeschooling support organization have the funds for these families to get back money and rebuild the family unit the backbone of all society. Some extra time is given to the important feature of character training and the development of essential values which form the base of positive spiritual, social and psychological development of the child. Family unit are capable to develop relationships, communication skills and utilize the quality time required in living, working, playing and serving others jointly.All of this careful preparation is creating exceptional persons and responsible intellectual thinkers who will eventually profit their association and country. Already, universities, colleges, schools and business enterprises are energetically pursuing home educated students to carry brilliance into their own educational bodies. Such educational bodies realize the possible management value and positive brainpower of these young men and women who are passed out from homeschooling support organizations. These young people have had much spend into them by those with the maximum interest in their future – their own parents and families.
Prospective homeschool parents have to face fears, doubts and myths that keep them from taking the decision to homeschool their children. This article is an attempt to do some myth-busting, dispel the fears and disqualify the anti-homeschooling excuses that prevent many parents from the awesome experience of homeschooling their families…(yes, not just the kids, the parents get HOME schooled too!)1. I don’t get on with my kids/ My kids have bad attitudes/ My kids won’t listen to me.This, to me, is one of the best reasons to homeschool. Instead of running from discipline issues that need to be tackled, loving parents need to embrace opportunities to teach and train their children to be respectful and obedient. They need to learn to reach their children’s hearts, not just apply various methods of behaviour modification and punishment, but actually build heart-to-heart relationships with their children.Ignoring a problem issue or expecting a teacher to deal with it, does not show love and commitment to children. They will test their boundaries and they need parents to care enough to establish and enforce boundaries. Homeschooling facilitates plenty of opportunities for parent-child relationship-building.2. I am not well-educated/ I can’t teach subjects like Maths and ScienceResearch has shown that the level of education of homeschooling parents is not a factor determining successful homeschooling. Even parents that dropped out of high school have successfully homeschooled their children all through high school. Parents who did not have a good school career are often able to fill in the ‘gaps’ in their own education as they progress through various concepts with their children.Homeschool curricula are designed to be used by parents that are not trained, professionals and for students pursuing self-study. In most cases, clear instructions are given, parent guides and solutions are provided. Some curricula even provide instructional DVD’s where a teacher teaches the new concepts for the benefit of both the parent and the student.As a last resort, homeschoolers can also do what school-going children do if they battle with a subject – they can go for private tuition.3. I can’t afford it.With all the options and choices of curricula available plus free resources available on the internet, there are no grounds for this excuse. Most homeschooling families survive on one income and still give their children a good quality education.At the very worst, you can limit yourself to spend the same amount as it would cost to have your children attend school, without the extras like school clothing, lunch money, contributions to fund-raising and other school-related expenses.Since most of your money will be spent on books and materials which can be re-used with younger siblings, you can get a lot of value for your money.4. My children just LOVE being with their friendsIf your children prefer being with their friends, than with their family, perhaps they have already developed an unhealthy peer dependency. This might not seem to be a problem at preschool or primary school level, but just wait until they hit the teen years!As an alternative, homeschooling enables children to build good relationships with both their parents and their siblings. When their identities are strongly rooted in their families and they have good family values, then children are better able to develop healthy friendships outside the home.Homeschooling enables parents to choose the social interactions that their children experience. Parents can keep them from negative peer group pressure or bad influences until the children are old enough to gradually be exposed to them and are mature enough to make good decisions and build good relationships.Homeschoolers don’t just stay at home. They also socialize- just not during school time!
Research has also shown that in general, homeschoolers have better social skills with a wider ranger of age groups than school-going children, whose social interactions are largely limited to their own age group.5. I don’t have the patienceWhen I first started homeschooling, I read somewhere that you only get patience if you need it!The same is true of other character qualities that homeschooling parents need such as perseverance, humility, self-sacrifice, compassion, diligence, etc.It is through homeschooling that our characters are shaped, moulded and matured and we become equipped to do what we are called to do.6. I am scared of failing.I often tell my children that, “Courage is doing what we have to do, EVEN WHEN WE FEEL AFRAID.”It’s amazing to me how many parents are afraid that they might mess up their children’s education, but they seem to have no fear that some teacher might mess up even better!When you see how many children suffer for various reasons in the school system, it is even more amazing that parents are willing to entrust their precious blessings to total strangers for 6 hours of the day or more!As a parent, you love your children like no teacher ever will, you have their best interests at heart and you are able to give them a tailor-made education, suited to their individual needs.Unless you are not committed to successful homeschooling and dealing with the parenting and discipline issues that may crop up, there is no reason why you should not do an equal or better job than a paid professional.Now, I am not saying that any parent can be a school teacher – no, I think one does need special training to teach a class of 35 plus children that are not your own in a school situation…but I do believe that committed parents can do a good job in homeschooling their own.7. Will I cope? I am stressed out already.Many outsiders see homeschooling only as an added responsibility – the burden of the academic training of their children. However, to give it a different perspective, homeschooling is a lifestyle that brings a lot of flexibility to a family’s day-to-day life. This might be just the thing to help a stressed out parent cope better with the demands of a family.Since everyone is together, not rushing out in different directions, life is usually simplified. Children are home and can be trained to help out around the house too.Sometimes a parent may initially need to stop certain outside activities or commitments, like additional church programs, sports or hobbies. However, this is not always the case and many homeschoolers are equally, if not more involved in their communities than non-homeschooling families.Sometimes these activities just need to be re-scheduled to accommodate the homeschool lifestyle.Learning to adapt and put family first is often a good thing. I know of too many people whose children are treated like second-rate citizens for the so-called good of the community, so that parents can find approval from their own peer group for their good deeds and commitments!8. We have such a nice teacher/school.There certainly are some very nice teachers and schools with good results and good reputations. However, does the teacher or the school’s values match your family values? Will the nice teacher always be the one to teach your child?Often a school is legally bound to teach a curriculum which may be in conflict with your beliefs. No education is neutral. If you don’t know what your children are being taught, perhaps you should find out the underlying belief system.No matter how nice the teacher or the school, only YOU have an intimate love relationship with your child and ultimately you are responsible for your child’s education, whether you delegate that responsibility to a school or not.9. I need more stimulation/ I can’t just stay home / I love my job.As career-workers, many of us initially find our identity in our job, satisfaction in the approval from our co-workers, boss or simply the pay check at the end of the month.Choosing to stay home as a wife and mother demands a shift in one’s mindset and accepting that at the end of many days and months there is no tangible reward. You come to realize that raising well-educated, confident and secure children is one of the greatest achievements that one can strive towards. For many of us, its obedience to a God-given calling.Although the stimulation may be of a different kind to that of a job, homeschooling can be very stimulating for parents as it offers you the opportunity to learn and explore topics of interest along with your children. It affords you the time to enjoy educational trips, tours, outings, co-ops, crafts, hobbies, sport and even home-based business opportunities.(Many homeschooling parents, like me have website-based businesses that earn them a good income and they get to work at their own pace! See links below.)10. My parents, in-laws, friends, neighbours or church, etc. won’t approve.For some reason, we all like to have the approval of others, especially those whom we respect and with whom we have intimate relationships. However, if you and your spouse are in agreement that homeschooling is best for your children, you need to have the guts to stand up for your convictions.To many non-homeschoolers, homeschooling is a foreign concept and people don’t understand why you are NOT just doing the done thing and sending your children to school.Sometimes people feel that by your choice to homeschool, you are silently judging their choice of schooling and rating it as second best, so they attack your choice because attack is their best defence.Ultimately, you are responsible for your children, not your family and peers…and a good answer is to tell others that you feel your choice is best for YOUR family but you realize it may not be the same for other families. You don’t even have to explain your reasons!Many homeschoolers have had to face criticism and skepticism from outsiders, yet in the end, the ‘proof has been in the pudding’ as they say. Many times, after a few years, others have seen the good fruit of a homeschooling family and they have earned the respect and support which was lacking at first!