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STEM Fair: STEM Science Project

Get your homeschoolers ready for the STEM Fair and thinking about STEM science projects with these ideas, resources, and free printables!
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Internet Safety For Kids

Learn about keeping your kids safe with these online safety tips and resources.
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COVID “Homeschooling” During the Pandemic vs Traditional Homeschooling

How does traditional homeschooling compare to emergency homeschooling with virtual public schools? This homeschool mom has all the answers!
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20 Questions About Homeschooling Answered 

Discover common questions about homeschooling, from what is homeschooling to what does homeschooling cost, this article will cover parents' most pressing questions.
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STEM Fair: STEM Science Project

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STEM Fair Projects: Science By: Andrea Dillon 
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As part of the 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair, I am going to be bringing you resources and information to help your homeschooler create and submit their STEM Projects over the next few weeks. This week we are talking about STEM fair projects and ideas for science! 

 

What is a STEM fair project? 

STEM fair projects are projects based on the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. For the purpose of our STEM fair, we will be dividing the projects into the categories of science, technology, and engineering (math can be found throughout all of those). Students are encouraged to be creative and design, build, and experiment with topics that interest them. We want to challenge homeschoolers to be original but, above all, LEARN! 

 

What is a STEM science project

Science fair projects are nothing new and many of us have done our own trifold board presentation, however, many people still confuse science demonstrations as a science experiment. 

 

Science Demonstrations vs Scientific Experiment/Project 

  • stem-science-volcano Science demonstrations are quick science activities that help give a visual of a science concept. This would be something like making a volcano with baking soda and vinegar or pouring oil in water to show they do not mix. These demonstrate concepts that we already know to be true.

 

  • Science experiments are just one part of the scientific method used in developing your science project. Science experiments involve finding a question and then carrying out the science experiment to find an answer. You need to carry out a science experiment multiple times for true results. 

 

What is the scientific method? 

 

What are some good stem fair science projects?

Good STEM fair projects are something that you are interested in and involve a problem that you want to solve. Brainstorm starting problems/questions that you can use science to help solve.

Here are some examples:

  • What’s the best way to keep bugs off my tomato plants?
  • Which paper towels absorb the fastest? 
  • Does temperature change magnet strength?
  • Which batteries last the longest in my Xbox remotes? 

 

Need more STEM science project ideas?

We have an entire section of free homeschool science resources that can help inspire your homeschooler! Take a look at the chemistry, animal, and earth science sections to get STEM science project ideas

 

Other STEM Fair Science Resource We Love

These are not our resources so clicking the links below will take you offsite, however, they are full of great STEM science project instruction and ideas. 

  • Get a free printable list of 20 plus science fair project ideas from Science Bob to help your get started. There is also more information about the scientific method, science fair resources, and project advice that can help as well! 
  • Have your homeschoolers take a quick survey with Science Buddies to get pointed in the direction of projects that are based on their interest and will be more fun. You can also browse their massive list of STEM science project ideas by the area of science or grade level. 
  • Home Depot and Discovery Education have combined forces to create Science Fair Central, which is another great stop to find STEM science project ideas, presentation ideas, and more.
  • How much science is involved in the food we grow? A lot! So much that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has created an entire section of agricultural topics for science STEM fair projects. This is a great place to get inspired by the science of growing plants, breeding animals, and producing other food products. 
  •  Need help with a starting question? Science Kids has great STEM science project starters for various science topics and education levels. 

 

STEM Science Project Books

Never underestimate the power of a good book. This applies to science projects as well! Below are some of our favorite ones to help inspire your homeschoolers to start thinking about science. 

Janice VanCleave’s A+ Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave

Looking to wow the judges at the science fair this year? Everyone’s favorite science teacher is here to help. Janice VanCleave’s A+Science Fair Projects has everything you need to put together a winning entry, with detailed advice on properly planning your project, from choosing a topic and collecting your facts to designing experiments and presenting your findings.”

 

 

STEM Starters for Kids Science Experiments at Home: Discover the Science in Everyday Life by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker 

Explore the science in everyday life with these simple, step-by-step experiments to do around the home. Each activity takes a complex, scientific concept and makes it easy for kids to understand. Young scientists will enjoy discovering the science behind the simple phenomena all around them.”

 

 

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House by Liz Lee Heinecke

“Conduct physics, chemistry, and biology experiments with tools and ingredients found in any kitchen! These 52 labs created by mom and scientist Liz Lee Heinecke introduce fundamental scientific principles in a fun and accessible format.”

 

 

Is your homeschooler ready to start their STEM fair project? 

Great! Help them stay on track through the process with our FREE STEM Fair Science Workbook! 

 

Don’t forget to bookmark our 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair hub page to get all the newest information, freebies and updates! 

 

Do you have questions about our 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair? Drop them in the comments below or send me an email! I’m happy to help you get started. 

 

 

 

Internet Safety For Kids

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internet safety for kids By: Andrea Dillon 

We live in a time of technology, and it has embedded itself into our everyday lives. With no surprise, our children are quickly becoming masters of these devices and often understand them more than we ever could begin to. That is good because they will need to understand and use technology in the future. However,  this also has downfalls as technology can lead to e unsafe aspects for our children. 

Homeschool parents are not new to the online world. Many of us have been using the internet for a while. We use it to find resources, reach out to others, and learn ourselves, but how do we transfer what we have learned over the years to our children? How can we help our children safely use the internet to socialize online

 

What is virtual socialization? 

Virtual socialization is a conversation that happens over devices instead of face-to-face. While we are more aware of this idea now, it has been going on for many years. We have been communicating remotely since the 1800s via telegraph then followed by telephones, two-way radios, cell phones, and now the internet through various apps, gaming systems, and video chatting programs. 

For homeschooling, many families use virtual socialization to connect to other homeschooling families near and far. This can be in the form of homeschool groups online, private servers set up for chatting and playing games, video conferencing for fun, or classes online. While most of these are relatively safe to start with, it is essential to discuss the internet and internet safety before opening this world up for your child to use. 

 

How do I talk to my child about the internet? 

The internet is a wild, weird world. There are recipes, news articles, cat videos, shopping, games, chat rooms…so much stuff that it can be overwhelming for adults, let alone children. One of the biggest challenges of a parent today is to explain the internet to children. 

What is the internet? Webster defines it as “an electronic communications network that connects computer networks and organizational computer facilities around the world,” but that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, so I know it won’t make sense to my children. I explain the internet as an electronic world.  Ralph Breaks the Internet is a good overview to share with your kids. There is a lot of good on the internet. But just like the real world, there is a lot to be wary of as well. So we have to be cautious about where we go, what we do, and who we trust. 

 

What are some of the dangers my kids might find online? 

Like it or not there are dangers everywhere for our children. The internet isn’t any different. What are some dangers your children might come across while online?

  • Bully is one of the biggest dangers online. As humans, we tend to forget that we are communicating with a real person with thoughts and feelings while we are online, which makes it easier to say and do things that one wouldn’t do face-to-face.

 

  • Cyber predators are another big concern when our children are online. Many sexual and other types of predators will follow and try to gain the trust of children on the internet because of their lack of supervision and innocence.

 

  • Phishers looking to gain access to private information is another concern. These people will target children and teens for their impulse on clicking links and attachments without thinking about the consequences beforehand.

 

How can I explain internet safety to my child

A lot of the same real-life guidelines you may have already taught your children can also be applied to internet socialization safety. 

  1. Don’t give out personal information. You tell your children not to tell strangers at the park their address, and so tell them to not tell strangers online your address either.kids-socializing-online
  2. Trust your gut! Encourage your children to trust their feelings. If they don’t feel comfortable talking to someone, that is okay. Our gut feelings are there for a reason, and it is perfectly okay to shut down and walk away (log out) if they don’t feel comfortable. 
  3. Be careful what you share. Talk to your children about oversharing. Explain that we don’t go and tell everyone we meet everything in real life, so they don’t want to do that online either. Stress that being online also has the downfall of everything being saved. Make sure they understand that all of those pictures and chats can be spread to more than their intended recipient. Remind them that if it isn’t something you would want to say or show to everyone in the world, then don’t say or show it online. 
  4. Don’t follow strangers. I am sure you have talked to your children about not getting into the van for candy or follow the stranger looking for their lost dog in the real world, so relate that to online as well. Tell them not to follow the stranger online no matter what funny video or free Minecraft skin is promised. Explain that they shouldn’t download things or follow links to other places that strangers send without your permission. 
  5. Never share your passwords.  Tell your children to think of their passwords as the key to their house. Passwords are special and are only to be used by specific trusted people that have your permission. 
  6. Manners count! I’m not necessarily talking about please and thank you, though those are always good. Remind your children that just because they aren’t physically with the person on the other end of the screen doesn’t give them permission to say hurtful things.
  7. Keep Communication Open. Make sure you children know that if they ever feel unsure about anything online they can come and talk to you or another trusted adult for help. 

 

Other ways to protect your child online:

Talking to your children and knowing what they are doing online is always the best way to protect them; however, you do have tools available out there to help. 

  • Google offers Google Family Link that can help you set rules and protections which let them navigate the internet world safely. This program can help with Chromebooks, cell phones, and computers using the Chrome browser. 

 

  • Microsoft offers Microsoft Family that can help protect and guide your children on windows powered devices as well as the gaming system Xbox. 

 

  • Apple offers built-in tools to help you monitor and protect your children while they are using any Apple devices. 

The above tools are free to use with those specific devices. However, there are a multitude of free and paid options for parental control and technology guidance for you to pick from to help protect your children as they navigate the online world. 

 

 

The internet can be a fantastic tool for adults and children alike to learn, socialize, and play. Knowing how to help your children use it safely is vital. Talk to your children about these internet socialization guidelines and set up some tools to help them navigate the internet safely, and you will be ready to go! 

 

COVID “Homeschooling” During the Pandemic vs Traditional Homeschooling

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Virtual Public School vs Traditional Homeschooling

By: Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

Are you wondering what to do about back-to-school in the fall?  If you are like most American parents, you found yourself suddenly homeschooling this spring as states issued stay-at-home orders for the coronavirus pandemic. Many of you also began working from home while others of you were essential workers who continued to leave the home for work.  You may have never considered homeschooling before this, or you may have thought about it but immediately dismissed it because you “work full time” or “don’t feel qualified” or “couldn’t possibly spend that much time with your children” (but that’s another topic!).  After your recent experience of temporary homeschooling during the COVID-19 school closures, you may still agree with those reasons, or you may have found other ways to think about them (except that last one!).   Either way, what you think you experienced as homeschooling had little to do with what “real” traditional homeschooling is like.

What has been called “COVID homeschooling” should really be called “COVID school-at-home.”  When new homeschoolers begin, they often follow a school-at-home model, trying to recreate traditional school at home.  They follow similar hours as a typical traditional school day and arrange schedules of subjects and specials like those found in schools.  Eventually, they recognize the flexibility that is part of real traditional homeschooling and take advantage of evenings, weekends, and even regular school breaks to better meet the needs of the family.  During the COVID emergency homeschooling period, the short-term homeschooling you experienced is the most extreme version of a school-at-home model without the flexibility of traditional homeschooling and without the social opportunities of a non-COVID situation.

 

Similarities Between COVID School-at-Home and Traditional Homeschooling

Essentially there is only one major similarity between what happened in Spring 2020 and traditional homeschooling: Your children were not physically attending school. There were several consequences to that.  While you were still maintaining school attendance and working toward state standards, you were not pushing your children out the door in the morning to walk, catch a bus, or ride with you to school.  You were not packing lunches, ironing school outfits or uniforms, reminding your children to bring their instruments, or making arrangements for after-school clubs or sports.  You were not dropping off forgotten items, attending school events or meetings, or fighting with your children to get their “homework” done (or maybe you thought that was ALL you were doing!).  However, the most important consequence is that you were spending a lot more time with your children, and that is what happens when you are a traditional homeschooler!

Basically, though, this is the point where the similarities between what you did in the spring and traditional homeschooling ends.

 

Differences Between COVID School-at-Home and Traditional Homeschooling

The differences between the COVID school-at-home period you experienced this spring and traditional homeschooling far outnumber the similarities.  Here are eight main differences:

  • Choice of Teacher:  The most obvious difference is that traditional homeschoolers have the choice of who is teaching their children.  Often a parent is the lead teacher, but there are other models.  In some states, parents have the flexibility to align with umbrella schools or organizations that have licensed teachers available to guide instruction.  Through homeschool co-ops, parents have the option to share instruction, with individual parents teaching subjects for which they are most comfortable and have the most expertise.  Co-op members can also pool resources to hire outside instructors and tutors.  Just be sure to check your state’s homeschooling laws to ensure that instructional arrangements follow any regulations imposed by the state.
  • Choice of Curriculum:  What many homeschool parents don’t immediately realize is how much flexibility they have with the curriculum.  Although some states require certain subject areas or standards, homeschool families still have the right to choose how to address those subject areas and how to meet those standards.  There are many homeschool curriculums available, both secular (non-religious) and non-secular (based on the teachings of particular religions).  The amount of time spent on individual subjects can vary (although some states provide guidelines), and homeschoolers can also choose to add subjects and electives based on areas of interest, career goals, etc. 
  • Choice of Instructional Format:  During the COVID school-at-home period, the amount of time spent interacting with teachers and peers ranged from as little as a few remote meetings for the entire three-month period, to brief remote meetings per day, to full day schedules being followed remotely with extensive interaction with teachers and peers.  Traditional homeschoolers have the option to choose how instruction is delivered—how much is directly taught by the parent, how much is online, how much is independent work, etc.  Also, during the COVID school-at-home period, many parents received only large packets of worksheets and a due date.  Others were given instruction and assignments digitally through online platforms.  Traditional homeschoolers can choose how much instruction consists of discussion, videos, hands-on tasks, projects, online activities and/or worksheets, etc.
  • Duration of the School Day:  The COVID school-at-home period resulted in some parents receiving overwhelming amounts of materials from schools while others received only enough to keep kids “busy” for an hour or two per day.  In New York, a state with one of the strictest regulations for homeschoolers, children being homeschooled are required to have instruction for five hours per day for 180 days.  Some states waived the 180-day requirement for public school students because of the pandemic, but homeschool children continued on as usual with full-day instruction (and completion of any standardized testing!).  In many cases, then, through no fault of your own, your children may have received less instruction than homeschooled children during this period. 
  • Choice of School Schedule:  While stay-at-home orders were in place, school tasks, remote meetings, and due dates followed typical school schedules.  Traditional homeschoolers have much more flexibility.  Instruction can occur in the evenings, on weekends, during traditional school breaks, or even year-round.  Parents can make schedule choices that best fit their children as well as their own needs for working and managing the household.
  • Opportunity to Individualize:  Not every child learns in the ways that were offered by schools during the school closure period.  In a worst-case scenario, parents were given materials for completion that were based on whole-class abilities.  In other words, some children had to deal with materials that were above or below their current performance and abilities.  One of the reasons many parents decide to homeschool is the opportunity to individualize instruction.  Traditional homeschool parents can choose instruction to best meet their children’s strengths, challenges, and interests and adapt methods as needed to maximize their children’s learning potential.
  • Connection to the School:  Your connection to the school through the COVID school-at-home period was very different than it would be in a traditional homeschooling scenario.  It varied from initial letters to parents only, to email and remote meetings, to daily communication with teachers and periodic communication with administrators.  In many states, as a traditional homeschooler, communication between you and the school is very limited (sometimes to a single document).  In other states, homeschool parents and home district schools exchange documents and progress reports throughout each year, but contact is still limited.  On the other hand, some districts have strong connections to their local homeschool groups.
  • Opportunities for Socialization:  If you ask people why they wouldn’t consider homeschooling, a very common response is that children need to socialize.  Homeschooled children do socialize: with parents or homeschool guides in discussion and daily activities, with siblings who are also being homeschooled, and on evenings and weekends just like other kids.  When children are homeschooled, they also have opportunities to socialize with peers through co-op and homeschool support groups, programs like homeschool gym and art classes, and homeschool events in the community (e.g., homeschool days at the museum).  What you experienced during the COVID school closures is “homeschooling” without any of the socialization opportunities that are available.  For children, this was a worst-case isolation and not a true indication of the socialization that is possible through homeschooling networks.

 

As we look toward all the unknowns of back-to-school in the fall, you have choices to make.  You can choose to continue with whatever the school is doing; you can supplement what the school is doing with some homeschooling, or you can choose to homeschool your children during this period.  If you choose “accidental homeschooling”—that’s what us homeschoolers call it when you plan to enroll your children in traditional schools but end up homeschooling (for any number of reasons)—you are going to need information.  Luckily, there are a lot of new homeschooler resources—like those on this website—that can help you find out more about what homeschooling is really like.  Start by researching your state laws and then talking with local homeschoolers.  They are a remarkably generous group! Time4Learing.com also offers a free Welcome to Homeschooling eBook that offers insight and helpful tips for newbies. Download it today! 

 

Keep the conversation going by adding comments about your experiences homeschooling during the pandemic and asking questions to find out more….

20 Questions About Homeschooling Answered 

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By: Andrea Dillon 

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Well, you’re not alone. As of 2019, more than 4% of families in the US are homeschoolers. But with any new start comes questions. Before you get started, there are homeschooling particulars to be aware of — read on and learn what you need to know about homeschooling.

Homeschooling FAQ 

Below are some of the most common questions I get asked about homeschooling. These are often questions that most homeschoolers will get asked at some point along their homeschooling journey. So get comfy and let’s look at some discussion questions about homeschooling. 

Scroll down to see all the questions and answers or click a question below to jump straight to that answer.

Is homeschooling legal? Is homeschooling flexible? Can I homeschool multiple children in different grades? Can homeschoolers go to college? Can I work and homeschool?
What is homeschooling, and how does it work? Can I really teach my child? What’s the best homeschooling program? What about socialization? Can single parents homeschool?
What do you need to know to get started homeschooling? What if I don’t feel comfortable teaching a subject? Do homeschoolers have to test? Can you homeschool a child with special needs? Can homeschoolers play public school sports?
How much does homeschooling cost What subjects are required for homeschooling? Are all homeschoolers religious? Can I send my children back to public school after homeschooling? Will my child be ready for the real world if I homeschool?

 

1. Is homeschooling legal? 

Yes! Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and many other places worldwide. Homeschooling is rising in popularity, and many families are looking at homeschooling as an educational alternative. While homeschooling is legal, you need to know that laws and regulations vary from state to state and country to country. Some locations require minimal work to get started and homeschool, while others have extensive requirements. We recommend that all homeschoolers and those considering homeschooling familiarize themselves with their state’s homeschool requirements.

 

2. What is homeschooling, and how does it work?

Homeschool is educating children at home and is a very customizable way for children to learn. Following homeschool laws, the child learns using methods, programs, and support from the homeschooling community. Homeschooling looks different for each homeschooling family and can vary from child to child, depending on each child’s needs. Some families like to schedule every second of their daily learning, and others let the children take the lead on what they want to learn and how they will learn it. Most homeschooling families fit somewhere in between those with a relaxed but scheduled approach to education. 

 

3. What do you need to know to get started homeschooling? 

So you have decided to homeschool! Congratulations! But, now what? Before you start, you should know your local homeschool laws. Those are your guidelines for what you need to do to exempt your children from public school legally. Your homeschool laws will tell you how and to who you need to send your notification to homeschool. Your homeschool law will also contain information on subjects that are required, assessment options, and how/when to report end of year information. 

Homeschool laws can be confusing with legal jargon. To make starting to homeschool more manageable, I suggest that you reach out to local homeschoolers. Your current local homeschoolers can help you make sense of the homeschool law, talk you through the notification process, and point you to local resources. You can contact local homeschoolers through homeschool groups

 

4. How much does homeschooling cost?

Homeschooling costs vary from family to family and are determined by how you want and need to homeschool. The curriculum is the bulk of many family’s homeschooling costs. All-in-one boxed curriculum or online schools tend to be the most expensive options of homeschooling curriculum. However, you can find more reasonably priced online all-in-one options like Time4Learning to meet your needs. 

100% free homeschooling is close to impossible. However, there are ways to homeschool relatively inexpensively if you are okay with piecing together subjects. Pulling from online resourcesfree resources, local resources (co-ops/library), and various used curriculum materials can keep costs down but will require more work than all-in-one options. 

 

5. Is homeschooling flexible?

Yes! One of the biggest perks to homeschooling is the flexibility to homeschool how, when, and where you want. The amount of flexibility you have will depend on your homeschool laws. However, homeschooling can still be very flexible! As a homeschooling family, you have your choice of when to school (the public school calendar or your own), the hours you want to school, the methods you want to use, the curriculum you want to use, and the activities you want to include in your homeschooling. In addition to that, homeschoolers have the flexibility to change anything if it isn’t working for any reason. 

 

6. Can I really teach my child? 

This is one of the most often asked questions, and my answer is always a resounding, of course! You have been teaching your child since birth. As long as you meet the legal requirement for your state, you can absolutely teach your child by homeschooling!

 

7. What if I don’t feel comfortable teaching a subject?

Homeschooling doesn’t mean that you are stuck at home with your child. You aren’t going to be doing this alone. There are many great resources to help you teach your children about the topics and subjects required and then some! You can outsource subjects as well! If you aren’t comfortable teaching math (or any topic), find a family member, co-op, online curriculum, or class to help. 

 

8. What subjects are required for homeschooling?

Some states have strict requirements on subjects taught, so make sure to check your homeschooling laws. In general, homeschoolers are expected to cover Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Art, and Physical Education. Many homeschools add in electives and child lead interests like music and coding as well.  

 

9. Can I homeschool multiple children in different grades? 

Yes! Many families with multiple children homeschool! It may take some extra planning and some creativity, but you can do it! Working out a schedule, curriculum, and finding ways to learn together can help. Many homeschooling families with multiples include unit studies and gameschooling in their curriculum to help make the process easier. 

 

10. What’s the best homeschooling program?

There isn’t one! That’s right; there isn’t one program that is best for everyone. I know that isn’t the answer you were hoping for, but every child and homeschooling family is different. What is best for one isn’t best for all. However, there are some that work for a multitude of homeschoolers. We recommend giving online programs like  Time4learning, Calvert Homeschool, and Power Homeschool a try. These programs are not best for all but tend to work for most homeschoolers, particularly if you’re just getting started. 

 

11. Do homeschoolers have to test? 

Maybe. This is another answer where you need to consult your state’s homeschool laws. Many states require some form of reporting such as testing or portfolios, but not all. However, even if your state doesn’t require you to test, you may consider it for other reasons

 

12. Are all homeschoolers religious?

No! There is a wonderful mix of all different worldviews within the homeschooling community. You can find homeschool support no matter what your religion or culture you are! 

 

13. Can homeschoolers go to college? 

Absolutely! Homeschoolers attend some of the top universities in the country because of their independence, maturity, creativity, and academic foundation. Harvard even has a history of accepting homeschoolers! There are many homeschool-friendly colleges to help, as well. 

 

14. What about socialization? 

Ah, this is one everyone homeschool will hear at some point. Many television shows, movies, and strangers in the grocery store depict homeschoolers as unsocialized and awkward. Are they? No more than anyone else. Homeschoolers tend to socialize with multiple age groups in various settings because they have extra time not stuck inside the classroom.  Homeschooling also gives families the ability to help their children socialize with diverse groups of people by seeking out other cultures, ideologies, and activities to expand their worldview from the limited group of a single classroom or school building. 

 

15. Can you homeschool a child with special needs? 

Yes, you can, and there are advantages to homeschooling your child with special needs! Homeschooling can allow you to use the best hours of each day to be with your child and create beautiful learning moments. It can also offer you the flexibility to meet your child where they are academically and make the changes needed as they learn more things! 

 

16. Can I send my children back to public school after homeschooling? 

You can! Whether you were homeschooling temporarily or you just want to try something different, you can re-enroll your children into the school system. Each state has different requirements for this, so make sure you check your homeschooling laws and support groups for what you need to do. Remember, you also have the power to come back to homeschooling after public schooling if needed! 

 

17. Can I work and homeschool? 

Many families have one or both parents working while also homeschooling. The trick is to find a schedule that works for your family. Some working and homeschooling families choose to have the children school in the evenings or even later at night while others use early morning or even just weekends. The choice is up to you and the time you have available. Remember that not all schooling has to be complete by the parent either. If the kids are staying with family or friends while the parents are at work those adults can help with the home education as well.

 

18. Can single parents homeschool? 

Yes! It might be a little more difficult but, as with the working parents above, you have to figure out your available time and ways to educate. Many single-parent homeschoolers tend to try to work from home to mitigate some of the childcare costs that would come from working outside the home.

 

19. Can homeschoolers play public school sports? 

Many states have laws in place that allow homeschool students to join public school sports teams if they meet certain requirements. You will need to check your homeschool laws to see if your state allows for this. If your state doesn’t there are still options available for your child to be involved in sports. Take a look at homeschool based sports programs and teams in your state.

 

20. Will my child be ready for the real world if I homeschool? 

I would pose that your child will be better prepared for the “real world” from homeschooling than public schooling. Homeschoolers tend to see adults in their everyday life. They see their parents go to the store, pay the bills, deal with home improvements, have tough conversations, and so much more. These micro-lessons and observations are things that most children who are in a classroom for 8 hours don’t get to see or ask questions about. Homeschoolers also tend to be answer seekers. If they see something they don’t understand they aren’t quiet about it. They ask the parent, librarian, cashier, plumber, and so on about it. This quest for knowledge helps them navigate the world around them and create better connections and understanding about the “real world” they live in.

 

Do you have questions about homeschooling I haven’t answered above? Send me an email or leave me a comment below and I will gladly answer! 

 


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