Frequently Asked Questions

The number one question people ask about homeschooling relates to socialization, so I decided to post videos created by homeschoolers for the exact purpose of addressing people's questions about homeschooling. Here is one that presents a great list of "do not assumes" about homeschooling. Such as "if we homeschool, do not assume we are religious" and "if we are religious, do not assume we homeschool for religious reasons." And my personal favorite - "don't assume everybody is homeschooled the way the one person you know is homeschooled." It's a little long and you have to read fast but the content is excellent. I love the critical thinking that went into the making of this video.

 

Here are our responses to some of the basic questions.
Q. Is homeschooling legal?


A. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but each state has it's own rules and regulations, which are sometimes open to interpretation. Read the laws yourself and if you have questions, contact homeschooling organizations in your state (these are easy to find on the Internet (type "homeschooling in Texas" (for example)into your favorite search engine. You could also ask the reference librarian at your public library for help. Click here to find out about homeschooling in your state. If you are in California, click Legal Options on our Main Menu for a comprehensive list of legal options for homeschooling.

Q. Won't my children be lonely and feel isolated?

A. There are many thriving homeschool communities where children meet other homeschooled children for recreation and school activities. Homeschool families work together to organize classes and field trips. The idea that homeschooled children will not be properly socialized is based on a misunderstanding. Just because it's called "homeschooling" children are not stuck in the house with their books and curricula. Some people believe the proper socialization comes not from children interacting with each other, but from children interacting with adults and modeling proper behavior. In a homeschooling setting, children are not "at the mercy" of teachers who might have a different philosophy about raising children than the parents. Homeschooled children do not end up having one set of "socialization skills" they use at school and a different set for home.


Q. How will I teach advanced subjects, such as math and sciences?

A. There are a variety of ways to teach these subjects. You can purchase curricula and the necessary science supplies, you can even collaborate with other homeschool families and share the costs. Other options are to organize a course with other homeschoolers and hire a teacher. There are great online courses offered privately and through community colleges. There are so many homework help sites online and other resources, once you are committed to homeschooling, you will discover many creative ways to teach the advanced subjects. The public library is an excellent place to start looking for materials such as CDs, audio book, and software.


Q. Can homeschoolers get into college?

A. Most colleges accept standardized admission test scores along with other material showing students' experience in learning and collaborating with others in the absence of a regular high school transcript. In many cases, unique educational experiences, such as homeschooling, make an applicant especially attractive to colleges and universities.

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