August is approaching, and for many homeschool families that means curriculum and/or activity planning! At CRHE, we work to support homeschooling parents by encouraging parents to adopt responsible practices and provide the best education possible for their children. If you or someone you know is in need of resources, here are some handy links to use and pass on!
First, our guide to Getting Started Homeschooling. While this article is geared toward the first-time homeschooler, it includes advice and information of interest to returning homeschool parents as well. In her piece Advice from a Homeschool Grad Turned Public School Teacher, CRHE board member Giselle Palmer gives positive and upbeat advice for the homeschooling parent.
We also picked the brains of three homeschool graduates about what their parents did right and what made their homeschooling experiences academically successful.
- How My Parents’ Homeschooling Methods Empowered Me to Follow My Dreams
- How My Parents’ Homeschooling Choices Gave Me An Excellent Education
- My Parents Homeschooled Me Successfully (Here’s How!)
We offer several resources that help homeschooling parents consider blind spots and avoid problem areas that can negatively impact homeschool graduates. We have two articles on the homeschool math gap—“The Data” and “The Stories“—and two articles on socialization—“What About Socialization” and “Homeschooling and Social Interaction Q&A.” We encourage all homeschooling parents to pay special attention to these areas of their student’s educations, and take their need for math proficiency and social interaction seriously.
Understanding local homeschool law is another essential step in curriculum planning. You can find overviews of these requirements, state-by-state, on our Current Law page. While you’re at it, consider all the reasons record keeping is in the best interest of both you and your child, even if it’s not required by law in your state. In addition to homeschool-specific law, it is also a good idea to read the educational standards your state sets. While every child is different, these standards should give you an idea of what children your age are generally expected to master. This is especially important if your child is in high school, as you will need to create a transcript when your child graduates, and most colleges will expect that transcript to ascribe to your state’s standards for high school achievement.
Lastly, remember that homeschooling is not the only valid educational option. If you are feeling overwhelmed or experiencing burnout, or if you are concerned that you can no longer provide a supportive learning environment, you should feel no shame in making changes. Sometimes this means enrolling in private, public, charter, or online school, or relying on an additional tutor or co-op for some subjects. Let your child’s needs (and your own needs) be your guide, and make sure to read our post For Parents Feeling Overwhelmed — it was written with you in mind.
Remember to follow CRHE on Facebook and Twitter for more homeschool info daily, and as always, the CRHE email is open if you have questions or concerns. Simply drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.