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Families For Homeschooling Report Benefits

Oct 10, 2007
Multiple problems have been on the rise over the last few decades in public education and as a result the number of families who keep their children out of schools for homeschooling has also been on the rise.

One of the largest groups of homeschoolers are Christians, who seek to support and defend their values by teaching their children at home because many feel that the standards of morality and conduct are undermined in the public school system.

Many other families opt for homeschooling as well, even without the Christian foundation, because they have concerns about the examples that are set for their children by the out of control behaviors in many public schools, by the disregard for authorities in classrooms, and through the influence of drug use, alcohol use, and promiscuity that is flaunted in the hallways.

There are many homeschooling resources and homeschool support groups available to help any parent who is concerned about the quality of education that is found in public schools, in addition to the many bad influences.

The support groups usually organize locally and have regular newsletters and meetings and often the group will organize discussion groups, establish sports teams, start writing clubs, and even organize field trips, which helps to lighten the burden of the parent having to do all of those things independently.

This type of group is also a good way for homeschoolers to be able to socialize with people outside of their families. Socialization is one of the main issues that critics of the homeschooling movement point to as being a problem.

However, in response, parents who homeschool are equally quick to point out that they would rather have their children be under-socialized than to be forced to be socializing with the out-of-control, belligerent, destructive and disrespectful element of students that is found in every school.

Many people wonder what kinds of activities are appropriate for such schooling and if it takes up the whole day. Each family has the ability and choice to structure their day, their lesson plans, and their activities as they see fit.

Homeschooled children learn by reading, through conversations, by means of structured play, by taking outside classes, through volunteering with local agencies, and from working as apprentices or interns in work settings.

In general, each day homeschoolers have free time on their own, in the comfort of their home surroundings, during which they can read, write, draw, play, build, work on math problems or create science experiments.

There is also usually some time set aside to spend with their parents in order to get guidance or ask for help with something, to talk and discuss topics of interest, or to work on a project in tandem with the parent, or siblings, or both.

In addition, some home schooling families participate in outside activities such as scouting programs, classes in musical instruments, discussion groups, or athletic individual activities or team sports.

Extracurricular activities can be an important way for homeschoolers to interact with peers, and such programs are available for homeschooling children equally as much as for students enrolled in the local schools.

Because all families contribute to the financial support of public schools through taxes, all children in the community can avail themselves of school sponsored programs.
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