Homeschooling moms should be commended for their dedication to the education of their children and the involvement in their children's lives. Whether you are new to homeschooling or have been homeschooling for a few years, each step brings up more questions about how to homeschool. What do I do now? How do I handle this? I want the best for my children, but what is the best way to teach them? The Write Foundation has compiled some insightful answers to some common questions about how to homeschool. Some answers come from personal experience while some are from other experienced homeschool families and other trusted homeschool resources. Read on to find answers to some of YOUR common questions.
Selecting Homeschool Curriculum
High School and Beyond
Telling a parent of a homeschooled teen that they need to prepare a high school transcript can be equivalent to yelling ‘fire!’ in a movie theater – panic ensues. While a high school transcript may be a necessity, it is not impossible, and can be quite easy if you keep good records as your child progresses.
As homeschooled teens progress through the high school years, many homeschooling parents ask questions about grade point averages. How valid are grade point averages for homeschoolers? How are these crazy numbers calculated? How do I figure out what my homeschooler’s grade point average (GPA) is? What is the difference between yearly GPAs and cumulative GPAs?
Should my Homeschooler get a GED to prove high school graduation? Remember that your homeschooler can fit into a standardized world, even if it's just to get in and break through it. Many homeschool parents, even if they have been homeschooling for years, begin to get antsy as high school comes to an end and their children’s grades and the parent’s teaching comes under scrutiny.
The Write Foundation originally was developed in a one-day-a-week homeschool co-op class setting. The lesson plans were designed so other homeschool co-op teachers and also moms teaching at home could successfully teach formal writing without having to plan out their own detailed lesson plans as required with so many other writing curriculums.
Why should I homeschool? Why are more choosing to school at home? What are homeschooling advantages and benefits? Many parents have questioned if public school is best for their child. “Is my child receiving the best education possible?” “Is the public school environment where my child will learn my values?”
Homeschool co-op classes are popping up everywhere. When children are younger, some homeschool families organize informal co-ops by just getting together periodically for a day at a park for fellowship. Others become a little more formal and get together regularly to swap off teaching certain subjects.
Are you overwhelmed with the idea of teaching formal essay writing? Even when using some highly rated homeschool writing curriculum, many homeschooling moms are overwhelmed when they attempt to teach formal writing that prepares students for high school writing and college level writing.
Recommended Resources. 1. For information on literature based education: Carole Joy Seid. 2. What is Classical Education? by Susan Wise Bauer. Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments.