This collection has been created to shed light and answer questions surrounding different types of schooling and education. We are not trying to compare, but rather educate you on the differences. Each family will need to make their own decision regarding what works best for their child and family. There are no “right” answers. It is an individual decision that needs to be made based on your student’s individual needs, learning style, abilities, and resources.
Our goal of this Education Options collection is to allow you to dive a little deeper into the possibilities and opportunities around you!
This article is written by Shari Medini
While I am not currently homeschooling my children, I was homeschooled myself up until 11th grade. I had a wonderful experience as a homeschooler, & the transition to public school was also very smooth for me! Cyber school was not really around while I was homeschooled, but it started to become an option for my younger sister so I have a bit of experience in that realm as well.
I think there are a lot of great options when it comes to homeschooling – whether you consider the traditional route & curriculum, or whether you take the cyber/online school approach!
Q: What is your education philosophy?
The reasons for homeschooling vary a lot from family to family! But a common theme for homeschooling families is flexibility & personalization. Homeschooling can be customized for each individual child, which can be beneficial to a wide variety of students. The same concepts apply to online school options where a curriculum is more formally in-place, but students can still customize their experience.
There are also many different ways that you can approach homeschooling such as:
- Charlotte Mason
- Unit Studies
- Relaxed Homeschooling
- Online or Cyber Schools
The philosophy of homeschooling may be different for each family going down this path, but the goal is the same… customized learning for individual students.
Q: What are some similarities & differences in comparison to traditional schooling?
One major difference between homeschooling/cyber schooling & traditional schooling is the freedom for flexibility. A student can be learning at an accelerated level in some subjects while working on improving in other areas at a slower pace. There is freedom to take on interesting extracurricular activities, pursue interests, & take on a very hands-on approach to learning.
Q: How does this form of education benefit the students?
Again… this goes back to each individual student. Some students choose to do homeschooling or online schooling after struggling in the public school system. Maybe they had dyslexia or ADHD that wasn’t being supported. Maybe they were highly gifted in one area, while struggling in another area; & it was difficult to fight for their needs. Maybe they simply wanted the freedom & flexibility to approach education in a different way.
As for me personally? Homeschooling allowed me to work ahead academically without having to formally skip any grades. It allowed me to go to extra gymnastics practices to get to my goal of receiving a college scholarship. It allowed me to do school work from the couch after I had knee surgery or when I would get sick. It allowed me to sleep in when my body needed it. It allowed me to be in control of my own work – I had my assignments, & when I was done, I was done – there weren’t certain hours. It allowed me to maintain my love of learning.
Q: What does a day in the life of one of your students look like?
When my siblings & I were homeschooled, our days often looked the same. My mom was very organized & did an amazing job of homeschooling us. She gave us structure & guidelines while also giving us the responsibility of choosing how to best get all of our work done. We knew our assignments for each day, & when our assignments were done, we were done with school. We could choose whether we wanted to do Math or History first. We could do our work outside in the backyard, inside at our desks, or even in the car on the way to a field trip or even a simple trip to the grocery store.
We were able to work hard together, & then we were able to enjoy some downtime before heading off to our competitive sports.
Q: How can families find more information about this style of learning?
There are SO many resources online that can help you figure out more about homeschooling & what might be the best fit for your family.
Below are some resources that should give you a good start:
Organizations and Legislation
- HSLDA – Advocates for homeschooling since 1983
- National, State, and Local Homeschool Organizations
- Homeschool Legislation According to Each State
- Homeschool.com Forum
- Homeschool World Forum
- The Homeschool Lounge
- Well-Trained Mind Community
- COAH Community
- Find a Local Homeschool Group in Your Area
- Rock Your Homeschool Facebook Group
- Virtual Homeschool Facebook Group
- Homeschool Necessities Facebook Group
- Homeschool Connections Facebook Group
- Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Group
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