This is the first time I’d probably ask my readers to bookmark one of my blogs. So yes, I’m asking you to do so because I’ve curated and compiled here a lot of inspiring and informative homeschool articles! Whether you’re having difficulty explaining to others why you homeschool, looking for good reasons why you should do it, or simply seeking validation and reassurance on not-so-good homeschool days, this list is a good place to start. 🙂
I’ve created this easy go-to resource, which I will update regularly, to help fellow homeschooling parents educate others about homeschooling. This also serves as a reminder that we are not alone in this journey and we don’t need to look very far to see the benefits of homeschooling. We just need to look at our own children! 🙂 Read on, moms and dads! I also included some notable quotes from each article for bite-sized reading!
“Away from the standardised tests and rigid schedules in public education, kids can let their creative sides flourish, learn about the world they live in, and, when it’s time, earn acceptance into the best colleges in the world.
‘The high achievement level of homeschoolers is readily recognised by recruiters from some of the best colleges in the nation,’ education expert Dr. Susan Berry recently told Alpha Omega.”
“Over two years in Woodstock, Papo photographed about 15 homeschooled children in the area. The images will be published a book, “Homeschooled,” to be released in Europe this spring and in the United States in the fall.
‘They were all very special and very sensitive and mature,’ Papo said. ‘They were in a world of their own, but they weren’t afraid to share it.'”
“Contrary to the belief that homeschooling produces anti-social outcasts, the truth is that some of the most high-achieving, well-adjusted students are poring over math problems at their kitchen table, not a desk in a classroom. According to leading pedagogical research, at-home instruction may just be the most relevant, responsible, and effective way to educate children in the 21st century.”
“Home educators and self-directed learners know this. They eschew the conveyor belt approach to education. They step out of the classroom and into the world. They understand that real learning is a lot more fun, varied, and valuable than chasing the same paper as everyone else.”
“Secular organizations across the country report their numbers are growing. Though government records indicate religion is still the driving force in home schooling, members of these organizations say the face of home schooling is changing, not because of faith, but because of what parents see as shortcomings in public and private schools.”
“Urban homeschoolers frequently cite the homogenization of public education as the reason they chose to take over their kids’ schooling. With federal and state education policy placing ever-greater emphasis on core standards and standardized tests, many parents want to give their kids something more creative, flexible, and engaging than a school day they see as factory-made.
The one-size-fits-all model is especially unappealing to parents of children who are “special” in some way: unevenly intelligent, intensely shy, immature, or in need of a flexible schedule to accommodate their professional acting or dancing or musical careers”
“6) I like parenting more, by far. As a mom of school-aged kids, I felt like my role as parent had been diminished to mini-van driver, schedule-keeper, cook and disciplinarian. And there was no mercy from the schools– six minutes late for pickup and they’d be calling my husband at work, unpaid 5 cent library fine and they’d withhold my child’s report card. Every day I’d unpack a pile of crinkled notice papers from three backpacks and hope that I didn’t miss the next permission slip. I was not born, raised and educated to spend my days like this. Now, I love being a mom.
7) Our family spends our best hours of each day together. We were giving away our kids during their best hours, when they were rested and happy, and getting them back when they were tired, grumpy and hungry. I dreaded each evening, when the fighting and screaming never seemed to end, and my job was to push them through homework, extracurriculars, and music practice. Now, our kids have happy time together each day. At recess time, the kids are actually excited about playing with each other!”
“Their homeroom is actually their home. And when it’s time for science, their younger brothers Chris and Sean join them for class and the labs are held in their backyard. For the Simmens kids, it’s just another hands-on class taught by their one-and-only teacher: their mom.
Studies suggest the parents may be right about getting a better education. Students taught at home consistently score higher than the national average on the SAT and ACT standardized tests. And other studies have shown that homeschoolers tend to do better in college, because they are more motivated and curious, and they feel more responsible for learning on their own.”
“Interactive. Children are far less afraid to ask a parent about anything they don’t understand, than putting a hand up in front of a whole classroom. Be aware though, that if your children are of vastly different ages, this can be a challenge.
Boosts confidence. If your child really struggles with certain subjects, if they have “uneven skills” as one home-schooling parent put it, but excels at others, you can structure their learning accordingly, which helps to boost their confidence.”
“‘Homeschool students are successful and they don’t perform worse than other students or seem to be disadvantaged in any way,’ Murphy said. ‘If you have one teacher dedicated to one or two children, it’s a success equation, and so it doesn’t surprise me [homeschooling] works.'”
“In 5 of 7 test areas, (word identification, phonic decoding, science, social science, humanities) structured homeschoolers were at least one grade level ahead of public schoolers.
They were almost half a year ahead in math, and slightly, but not significantly, advanced in reading comprehension.”
“I cannot think of a single aspect of my son’s life that would be improved if he returned to public school. Even socially, he is much more stimulated by homeschooling than by public schooling.” – from a mom with a dyslexic son
Meet this homeschooling family of geniuses!
“They have to take account of time … that other students have structured,” she says. “The possibilities of showing all the kinds of things that colleges are looking for—curiosity, confidence, resourcefulness, ability to deal with challenges—you name it. That’s a part of being a home-schooled student.” – from admissions counselor and author Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz
“All that changed when I started teaching at the college level, on an evening when I came home from work, slipped off my shoes, collapsed into the recliner and announced to my wife that the best student in my college composition class had been home-schooled.
An 18-year-old only child, who had been educated by her parents for all 12 grades, chose a seat in the front row on the first day of class.
The following 16 weeks, she maintained eye contact throughout lectures and discussions, listened intently to me and her classmates, raised her hand to offer an observation, an answer or to ask a question when no one else would, followed instructions to the letter, communicated verbally and in writing more clearly than everyone else and received the highest grade on every assignment.”
LOCAL ARTICLES ON HOMESCHOOLING
This resource won’t be complete without Philippine homeschool articles! 🙂 Everything you need from real-life testimonies to homeschool providers and myth-debunking facts are all here!
But wait, there’s more! The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016: From Roots to Wings is happening next week on OCTOBER 22, 2016 at SMX, SM Aura! From building a foundation to starting preschool, transitioning to big school, and homeschool techniques, all of these will be covered! You can register here!
I will update this blog every quarter or so and add more resources as they come. Feel free to share this to anyone you know who is interested in homeschooling! 🙂 And if you have homeschool articles and videos you want to be included here, just leave a comment below and I’ll add it! Thanks, loves! 🙂