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Oct 10, 2007
An increasing trend in the education of children is in-home schooling, and as more people hear about homeschoolers and the unique approach to learning they have, many people are curious to learn more about homeschooling to help them determine if it might be an option that will be beneficial for their family as well.

Homeschoolers can be found in just about every corner of the United States, and across the globe as well, from small towns, inner cities, out in rural areas or the average, everyday suburbs.

The composition of the families that choose such schooling also runs the gamut. Even single-parent families are known to homeschool, as well as those who operate family businesses which gives them great flexibility. Still other families manage to combine work outside the home with home schooling activities.

Every year the number of families that participate in home schooling education increases as the word continues to spread about homeschooling and parents start to discover the flexibility and benefits of keeping their kids out of public schools.

While it is generally acknowledged that Christian Fundamentalists have been considered the backbone of the homeschooling community, as the homeschooling movement has gained momentum an increasingly diverse group of people are becoming involved in homeschooling children. This has given rise to more widespread and divergent homeschool group support resources.

In addition to the many established publications and support groups for Christian homeschooling, there are now support groups, forums and newsletters that address the specific concerns and needs of Muslim, Jewish, Hispanic, and African-American homeschoolers, just to name a few.

There are no exact numbers, but researches have estimated that there are now well over a million homeschoolers in the United States alone. This is a significant increase from the 350,000 that was estimated in the early 90's.

However, there is no way to be sure about its statistics since some parents do not register when required, and many states do not have a requirement for homeschoolers to be registered at all.

But, based on the numbers from states that track such statistics, it is evident that the numbers of homeschooled children has increased significantly over the past ten to fifteen years.

Many people wonder about homeschooling being legal in their state, or country. At this time, the laws on them in the United States permit homeschooling children in all fifty states.

Also, it is legal to have children participate in a program in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and France, and it is likely allowed in most other countries as well.

You can check your state's laws in any law library or courthouse in your area by checking for "Compulsory Education" or for "School Attendance," and you will likely also be able to find online information as well.

In most areas you will be able to find a local homeschool group that can share information about local requirements and that can offer suggestions and direct you toward helpful resources as that you will need as you embark on learning about homeschooling and the many details you will need to know before getting started.
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