Challenges Completing School From Home

Over the last decade, we have witnessed the transformation of “homeschooling” to “school from home”.  ”School from home” has grown enormously over the last five years.  A “homeschool” is often viewed as having a school at home, while “school from home” is viewed as completing school work from a school or program at home. Along with social acceptance, we have seen the growth of online Christian schools, accredited homeschool programs, distance education, and online charter schools. Initially, homeschooling was viewed as fanatical by our society. Parents often had to fight for the right to homeschool, while being judged by relatives and friends. Much time had to be invested in curriculum, teaching, and record keeping.

Individualized curricula, technology, and the efforts of grass roots homeschoolers over the years  have transformed home education. Individualized curriculum development provided a system where the curriculum could be the teacher and the parent could be a supervisor, thus creating an opportunity for parents without a “gift” for teaching. Individualized curriculum development also improved the quality of upper grade level courses completed at home. Technology has provided online curriculum access, auto scoring of student work, instant record keeping, outside teacher assistance, attention grabbing multimedia tools, automatic curriculum revisions, automatic repeating of concepts not mastered, and other benefits that traditional classrooms cannot provide. The perseverance of original homeschool families paved the way both legally and socially, while accelerating the development of tools that were needed.

How Your Family Can Fail

Although many improvements are now available for doing school from home, there are several old and new pitfalls that families can experience. We hope you will take the time to read our information! Our goal is to provide tips, tools, and educational understanding so families can be successful.

Homeschooling should be considered for the right reason. If parents are lazy or overly busy, the child will usually not excel. The child will blame homeschooling. If the child doesn’t get the proper amount of assistance, he will get frustrated. He will blame homeschooling. If he has already struggled for several years and has developed negative behavior habits, conflict can continue at home. He will blame homeschooling. If the child has been expelled from a school, problems may continue at home. He will blame homeschooling. If an academically struggling child is brought home to homeschool, he may not understand why and drag his feet. He will blame homeschooling.

Your child’s education must be a priority! Everyone will say it is a priority, but words are not the same as actions.

Society and culture are against you!  You need to be aware that all the cards are stacked against you.  You need to identify, decide, and communicate family standards before they are needed.  For example, deciding if and when you will allow dating needs communicated when the child is young instead of after the teenager is asked on a date.  Otherwise you are guaranteed an attitude. If the family has a loving open relationship with each other, rules are less frequently challenged with “they get to”. You need to lovingly apologize and ask forgiveness as the parent if family standards are implemented after the fact.   Technology often happens so fast that we do not know we need rules until we see problems, thus we have more child attitudes today than in previous history. Read further to see what you are up against.

Your child will get frustrated without academic assistance!   This can happen from the parent being too busy.  The parent needs to be in the near vicinity to supervise, motivate to excellency, encourage, and assist.   If you are using a homeschool program or online Christian school that includes teacher support or a teacher on call, the parent still needs to be in the same vicinity!  Most students need a continuous adult presence to stay focused and motivated.  Depending on each individual student, the parent can learn what other tasks can be done while supervising.  Parents of older students can be easily bluffed about the quantity and quality of work being done, so frequent checking of progress is needed by the parent.  If you think your student will independently be successful without your regular involvement, you are likely to fail. Example school that offer academic assistance: Southeast Academy.

Also read “common barriers for above average families“, so you can structure for success!

Here is an overview of sections that School From Home includes in their network:School From Home

How To Homeschool - This section covers foundational information and philosophies that provide a valuable understanding of several important homeschool and school from home decisions.  It includes topics such as What Makes Homeschooling Attractive, The Benefits Of An Individualized Curriculum, Understand Common Barriers To Success, Choosing The Right Homeschool Program or Online Christian School, and College Preparation.

Ten Point To Review Before Choosing A Homeschool Program-  This brief page reminds parents what to look for in choosing a homeschool or school from home option.  Your decision is a long term commitment, so you you should be aware of important points to consider.  This decision can be all the difference in success or failure!

Using Online Homeschool Programs-  This page covers the benefits of an online homeschool program, plus at what age to consider its usage.

Using Online Christian Schools-  Reminds us of their benefits, especially moral, character, and spiritual values.  It also explains the financial justification.

Christian Schools And Accreditation. What Does This Mean For You? This not only explains the benefits of accreditation, but explains the differences in accreditations.   This brief page will offer an understanding of an often misunderstood word.

State testing and registration requirements-  This section is under development, but should be completed by the end of January 2013.  It provides achievement testing requirements, state registration requirements, how states view online schools, and other unique requirements.  Links are provided directly to government sources, so you can check directly with your local authorities online information.

Benefits Of Using The Same Program Until Graduation- Covers the reasons and benefits of using the same curriculum and program or online Christian school for multiple years.

Benefits Of Using A Nationwide Homeschool Program- Covers benefits of flexibility in case of job relocation or student living in two places during the year.  There are also several other pages of good information in this section.

Important Information If Using An Online High School- Covers important information specifically for high school students using an online high school program.

Free Homeschooling Options- Important information to consider when considering free homeschooling options.

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