Homeschooling 101

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 United States, though with varying degrees of reporting and rules.

The most popular reason parents choose to homeschool is to provide moral and religious instruction.

Most school districts require advance notification that you plan to homeschool in order to avoid truancy complications.

The percentage of children homeschooled in the U.S. continues to grow at a steady rate.

While homeschooling has existed since parents had children, the current resurgence began in the late 1970s.

In some form or another, ten of the U.S. presidents were home educated.

Why did I homeschool?

First off, these are personal meandering thoughts and opinions. Please do not take these comments as either gospel truth or a criticism of other methods of education.

  1. I couldn't deal with the thought of sending my little boys (when they were little) away for most of the day.
  2. I heard some scary rumors about the local grade school from kids and parents in the neighborhood.
  3. Most of the members of the church I attended at the time homeschooled.
  4. A Christian focus was important to us.
  5. I like spending time with my sons.

Why did I continue to homeschool through high school?

  1. I still liked spending time with my sons.
  2. I wanted school to adapt to their interests, strengths and weaknesses, not the other way around.
  3. The homeschool community had become my extended family.
  4. I love algebra and had looked forward to teaching it to them.
  5. I wasn’t crazy about the high school our district fed into.