Homeschooling Why and How

Homeschooling: is it for you? is it difficult? what about socialization? how can I….

You are here so you likely are looking for an alternative to public or private schools.  You may have found your child is not being challenged or is falling behind.  Your child may be picking up “social” habits and values that are counter to those of your family.  You may be tired of the treadmill of early morning rushes to school and evenings dominated by tedious homework.  These are some of the reasons why more and more families are turning to homeschooling.

Are you someone who could succeed at homeschooling?  Here is what I write in Homeschooling:  Why and How, “Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.”  Ask yourself if this describes you.

“Enjoying being with your children is probably the most important thing! Ironically though, you will likely find, as we have, that the more you are with your children, the more you enjoy them. Other qualities that are helpful to have if you intend to homeschool are curiosity, playfulness, empathy, and respect for your children and their struggle. Humility is also an extremely important quality, as is a willingness to question your beliefs and learn from your children and your mistakes. And lastly, and maybe most importantly, a good memory helps—not for facts, but for what it was like to be your child’s age.

On the flip side, some homes are so dysfunctional or intellectually impoverished that homeschooling would be difficult at best. For these families, school might provide children their best hope at rising above their family circumstances. That you are (here on this website) is probably proof itself that you are not in this category.”  

“If  homeschooling seems like too big a jump for you, it’s probably for one of the following reasons:  Socialization: Will my children be social misfits?  Will they be friendless?  Academics:  Will they learn what they’re supposed to learn?  Will they be able to keep up?  Will they be able to go to college?  Instruction:  Will I be able to motivate and teach them?   Will I have the patience?  What if I don’t know the subject?  Where do I get materials?  Will I feel unfulfilled and bored being with my children all day?  Will I be able to afford to stay home to teach them?” (from the introduction to Homeschooling:  Why and How.

While the book will answer all of these questions and more, I am happy to personally respond to any questions you email to me at gail.nagasako@gmail.com.

You may also find it helpful to download the questions on the “Begin Your Journey” page Before You Start: A Quick Look at Your Own Experiences