Home schooling catches on

WHITTIER — Home- schooling mom Cass Romero says when she was growing up, the children whose parents educated them at home were considered “the weird kids.’

“They hardly ever left home, they weren’t involved in the community and it seemed like they weren’t held to any educational standards,’ said Romero, 29, of Hacienda Heights.

But as she prepares this year to home-school her second-youngest son, Evan, she says the abundance of support that parents such as herself now receive is better than it’s ever been. Read more…

Homeschools work: study

When 18-year-old Allison Conley was in Grade 4, her parents did something few New Brunswick parents ever even contemplate.

They took her out of school and began teaching her at home. For Allison, it was a turning point.

‘I was excited about it,’ she recalls. ‘I missed my friends at first but I was in other activities, like Pioneer Girls and gymnastics and I go to church. So, I had friends. I even had piano lessons.’ Read more…

W. Va. Home schoolers can play sports pending court case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Children taught at home can play sports for West Virginia’s public schools until the state Supreme Court rules on the issue, the state Department of Education has concluded.

The department acted after the parents of 12-year-old Kristan Lambert filed suit last week to force the state to allow her to play soccer for Shady Spring Middle School in Raleigh County. Read more…

Homeschool students: Studying at their own appointed pace

While the harsh reality of 6 a.m. alarm clocks and the Pythagorean theorem jolted area students out of summer vacation bliss and back to buzzing bells last month, a couple hundred area kids continued to study at their own privately appointed pace as homeschooled students.

Casey Hartmann, 14, is one of these students. His family is part of the Lompoc Valley Home Educators, one of two home school support groups in Lompoc that operate independent of the Lompoc Unified School District. Read more…

Home is where the school is

There will be no back to school shopping trips for the Hill family. There’s no need.

Debbie Hill teaches five of her children in her home in Mannington Township. She has been home schooling for eight years.

‘I could never see my kids going off on a school bus,’ she said.

School will begin at home Sept. 13. The children, ages five to 12, follow a traditional school schedule. Debbie teaches them September through June, but the classes are much shorter. Last year, each subject was scheduled for half an hour. Read more…

Mum to teach kids at home to avoid school bullies

A MOTHER-OF-THREE has vowed to educate all her children at home rather than send them to a school where she claims her daughter endured two years of agonising bullying.

Karen Cruickshank withdrew her 13-year-old daughter Elisabeth from Glan-y-Mor Comprehensive School, in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, last July, and has stopped 11-year-old son Charlie starting at the school.

Mrs Cruickshank, from nearby Trimsaran, says her daughter was regularly kicked, slapped, spat at and on three occasions had her hands slammed in doors by a group of five pupils. Read more…

Home-schooled jazz band brings swing to Fly-In

Peter Adams is an upstanding, homeschooled student of Christian persuasion. He studies the Gospel according to Mathew, Mark, Luke and John … and the gospel according to Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis.

He’s learned his lessons well. Read more…

An education in extremes, but still at ‘home’

Editor’s note: Nick Ryan is a home-schooled sophomore member of the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ Teen Takeover staff. He and his family will spend the next few months living in England while his father, a Gettysburg College professor, teaches there. Read Nick’s reflections on the experience Thursdays in the Living section of the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

When I type ‘homeschool’ into Microsoft Word, a squiggly red line appears under the word. That line will stay there until I tell the computer to ‘ignore’ ‘homeschool’ or ‘add it to the dictionary.’ I will, of course, add it to the dictionary so I will not have to see the red squiggle again. In three seconds I told the computer to perform a task and it replied without hesitation. One. Two. Three. That’s all it took, and now the computer thinks that ‘homeschool’ is just as legitimate a word as ‘cat’ or ‘ball’ or even ‘school.’ I only wish it was that easy with the rest of the world. Read more…

Homeschooling: State standards are necessary to maintain quality and fairness

In the 17 years that homeschooling has been officially recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it has quickly caught hold with families who are dissatisfied with organized education, public and private. About 25,000 students currently get their schooling at home.

During much of that period, the state Department of Education has scrambled to develop regulations to assure that homeschooled kids are getting an education at least on par with standards for the public and private schools. These regulations and the oversight they require have passed on to homeschooling families a flurry of paperwork dealing with such matters as attendance, curriculum, materials, charting — and testing, testing, testing. Read more…

There’s No Place Like Home(school)

While learning about Central America last January, sixth-grade student Bobby Haase didn’t just read in a textbook about the region’s culture, geography and history.

Rather, Haase and his family traveled to Guatemala for a two-week educational excursion, observing poor villages and seeing the struggles faced by developing countries.

“I learned how poor people can be,” Haase said. “Like sometimes, their huts were made out of cow poop. And I noticed that almost nobody has a pet because they’re so poor that they’re just trying survive themselves.” Read more…

Virginia Home-Schoolers Must Meet State Standards

They might not be educated in public schools, but home-schooling students still have to meet state standards.

State law requires parents to file a notice of intent when they plan to teach their children at home, according to Richard Plaugher, director of pupil-personnel services for Frederick County Public Schools. Read more…

Going Back to School, Feeling Right at Home

Attending school for a few hundred local students doesn�t mean riding a yellow bus.

Instead, they walk downstairs to their kitchen tables.

As area public school students returned to classrooms, home-schooled students also cracked open textbooks.

These students don�t necessarily have a defined school year, but two Clarke County families try to stick to a schedule closely resembling the public schools� calendar.

The Walraven family started its new school year a week earlier than public schools, but the four home-schooled boys will enjoy a week off in September when the family heads for the beach.

The Walravens also take a month off for the Christmas holidays, Samantha Walraven said. But that means her children could spend an extra week studying in the summer. Read more…

Home-school moms try to keep lessons flexible

ST. CLAIR TWP. — Tucked next to the piano in the FitzHenrys’ dining room is a cupboard with shelves of books, flash cards and learning games.

It’s where preschooler Rosalie FitzHenry, 4, found last year’s alphabet coloring books.

‘Here — fish for ‘F,’ elephant for ‘E,” Rosalie said.

This year, the FitzHenrys’ home-school lessons will be tougher for Rosalie, tracing and sounding out letters. Rosalie and fourth-grade sister Brianna, 8, started classes Monday. Read more…

Homeschool haven

Back to school at the Kocman school/house:

Student-teacher ratio: 1:1.

Number of snow days: 0.

Book bags: unnecessary.

The teacher earns no salary, though she is also the cafeteria staff. Read more…

More homeschoolers in rural areas

Part of the reason York County ranks second in the state in the number of homeschooled students — and has added more homeschoolers to its ranks every year in recent years — may be its rural nature.

In York County, the South Eastern School District ranks No. 1 in percentage of students homeschooled — 4.2 percent, with 139 of its 3,200 students homeschooled in the 2002-03 school year, the last for which data are available. Read more…

Christian Family Fights to Home School Without State Oversight

(AgapePress) – A Pennsylvania family has filed a lawsuit against their suburban Pittsburgh school district challenging the state’s home-school reporting requirements.

Claiming the government has exceeded its authority, the Newborn family has invoked Pennsylvania’s Religious Freedom Protection Act. MaryAlice Newborn, who has five children and is currently home schooling four of them, says she does not object to the state’s burdensome paperwork, but rather to the necessity of seeking the public school superintendent’s final approval over her children’s education. Read more…

World’s Foremost Child Artist Prodigy – Home Schooled and All About Loving Jesus

LOGAN, September 1, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Akiane Kramarik, a soft-spoken 10 -year old girl who lives in Idaho with her parents and three brothers, is very much a normal little girl who comments on having three brothers as sometimes ‘very difficult’, but she is by no means common. Drawing with life-like accuracy from the age of 5, Akiane has garnered international attention and been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and on CNN, CBS and ABC. Her paintings have sold for upwards of $50,000 and she has made substantial charitable contributions to alleviate poverty and hunger especially in children. However, Akiane, also a highly acclaimed poet who speaks Russian, and Lithuanian in addition to English, attributes her talents to God and has as her greatest wish, ‘that everyone would love God and one another.’ Read more…

Homeschooling increases 29 percent since 1999

WASHINGTON, D.C. � The estimated number of K-12 children being homeschooled has increased by nearly 29 percent since 1999, according to a survey released Aug. 3 by the National Center for Education Statistics.

According the latest numbers, derived from data collected by the Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey, about 1.1 million students were taught at home. In 1999, the first year the information was tracked that number was estimated at 850,000.

�Students are considered to be homeschooled if their parents reported them as being schooled at home instead of at a public or private school for at least part of their education and if their part-time enrollment in public or private schools did not exceed 25 hours a week,� the study brief said. Read more…

Ten Reasons to Homeschool!

  1. To instill in your children a love of learning.
  2. To teach your children in the best possible way for their needs.
  3. To keep them from the negative social aspects of public schools.

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Home is where the student is

NEWTON — By the time he hit third grade, Meredith Warsaw realized her son needed “un-schooling.”

Advanced in math and science to a fifth-grade level, but lagging behind his peers in English, Warsaw says public school was to her son, Keith Frankston, what an “octagonal peg is to a round hole” – the two didn’t quite fit.

Worried, Warsaw began looking at other schools, planning to move Keith from the Jewish day school where he was enrolled. But as she understood more about Keith’s strengths and weaknesses, Warsaw, a Newton Highlands resident, started to realize that no school was the octagonal hole her son needed. Read more…