Homeschooled children anti-social?

Martha Bachert is sick of the question: How do your children meet anyone if they’re home-schooled?
“We’ve all heard it a lot,” she says. “We call it the ‘s-word’: socialization. Our lives are so full of it (socializing) that we have to say no. We have too much of that.”
Many home schooling families say a lack of socialization is the biggest myth they face when talking about their practice. There are plenty of options for their children to meet peers, they contend, and their children can avoid peer pressure by not being at a brick-and-mortar school. Read more…

Learning is a family affair

Education comes in different forms. National Education week customarily focuses on the public schools, but as home-schooling programs grow, many more families choose this method of educating their children.
Mother’s Day is also an appropriate time to tell the story of one Butler County mother who has chosen this form of teaching as her profession. Read more…

Homeschool co-ops

For Krista and Bruce Wine, helping start a homeschool cooperative several years ago solved a practical problem.
It aided them in keeping their seven children all in one place.
“At that time there were a lot of co-ops for certain grade levels,” said Krista Wine, director of New Life Homeschool Fellowship. “But our original intent in starting our co-op was to bring families with multiple children all to one place for activities. With my children, I’d have to be on the go all the time if I had to take each one to a different grade-level co-op.” Read more…

School is a family event

The Lentine family decided to make a field trip of the Midwest Parent Educators Conference on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.
The conference offered workshops, speakers and exhibits that focused on homeschooling techniques and curriculum choices for families who homeschool.
Northlanders Kordel and Sheryl Lentine, along with their six children, ran a booth at the conference this year, selling games from a company they partly own.
“Families that play together stay together,” Kordel said. Read more…