Sunday, February 20, 2011

Curriculum Options

Research shows that homeschooling is the fastest growing method of education in America today. Many people ask why...but it should be obvious that our public school system is just not making the grade. We keep throwing money at it and making ridiculous tests the determinant for everything. Yet, good education comes from something deeper, a desire to learn. We have a whole culture that is ungrateful and self serving...this carries over into the expectations we have from education. What is the difference between American students and Chinese students? Could it be that they value their education more, so they take it more seriously? These are deep thoughts, but I believe this is the root of why America isn't producing the top education youth of the world. Parents with little or no education are producing better educated children with no high cost involved! That always amazes me!

Since homeschooling is one of the fastest growing methods of educating - so the curriculum made specifically for homeschooling is also growing! There are a huge amount of options out there waiting for you to explore. So many, that it might actually be overwhelming for a beginning homeschooler. Though this blog is dedicated to online curriculum, which there are many great options for, I will also point out some other helpful types of curriculum.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Big Decision

So, you've decided to homeschool - Now what? Well, the road that you have taken to arrive at this decision was probably a thoughtful one. Each homeschooler has traveled that way, and probably remembers it well. It isn't the easiest decision that you've ever made, but it will surely be one of the best!

Homeschooling is a choice, and thankfully a choice that we as Americans have the right to make. There are many politicians who would love to take away that right. In light of the freedom that homeschoolers have to train up their children the way that they see fit. Though I am not a supporter of the UN - one of the foundational premises that they made when forming the UN included the parents PRIOR right to educate their children as they see fit. Our Constitution clearly gives us that right, in many of the points of the Bill of Rights as well as in other places.

So, you've made the decision... a good decision. Just take the next few steps to make sure that your decision is backed up by good practice, good resources, and good record keeping.