START HOMESCHOOLING

So you’re considering home education for your family! We’re happy to help. We’ve created this online guide just for you. It contains step-by-step instructions and resources to help you as you begin your exciting and rewarding homeschool adventure.

You can start by watching this helpful 3-part video, "You Can Homeschool,"  posted with permission from Home School Legal Defense Association –
or jump right into to our Start Homeschooling guide below.

You Can Homeschool Part #1

Would you like to hear some personal stories from real-life families who have chosen homeschooling as their educational choice? 

Christy Shipe, who was homeschooled and is now homeschooling her own children, introduces video clips of parents telling why they made the choice to home educate. 

What were their reasons for choosing home education?
What benefits have they seen?

Watch and see!

You Can Homeschool Part #2

In Part #2 of the video, you'll learn a bit about the early years of homeschooling. 

What was it like for those pioneering families who began homeschooling when it was not legally recognized or culturally accepted? 

What about socialization? 
Are homeschooled students accepted by colleges, employers, and the military services? 

Find answers here.

You Can Homeschool Part #3

Part #3 of the video discusses the importance of working together to defend and retain the homeschooling freedoms that we enjoy today. 

A brief background of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which produced this video, is presented. 

The closing portion returns to real-life homeschooling parents sharing why they chose home education. Their comments -- along with those of some of their homeschooled children -- will encourage and inspire you to begin the homeschooling adventure with your family!

Catch the Vision
Though you might be tempted to skip to the more “practical” steps, we encourage you to remember that you need a good foundation before you start building. Take some time to study some of the reasons to homeschool we’ve listed below. Use them to create your own foundational statement as to why you want to homeschool. Yes, homeschooling is an amazing adventure, but there will be challenging days, too. On those days, you can pull out your foundational statement to restore confidence and vision.

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WHY SHOULD YOU HOMESCHOOL?
  • Home education dates back to the beginning of time.
  • Modern institutional education began only in the last 100 years.
  • America was founded through the efforts of those who were schooled at home or in one-room schools.
  • Famous homeschooled Americans include: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and many, many more.
  • Home-educated students typically score 15-30% points above public-schooled students on standardized academic achievement tests
    • regardless of parents’ formal education level
    • regardless of their families’ household income
  • This academic achievement is not related to
    • whether licensed teachers were involved
    • the degree of state control and/or regulation
  • Home-educated students typically score above average on SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions
  • The home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development.
  • Research shows that, at a higher rate than the general population, they:
    • participate in community service
    • vote & attend public meetings
    • go to & succeed at college
    • respond that they are “very happy” with life
  • All education is built upon a basic worldview foundation that answers important questions like:
    • Does God exist?
    • What is right and what is wrong?
  • You cannot effectively compensate for 30 hours/week of a humanist worldview with 2 hours/week of a Christian worldview.
  • Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
  • God’s Word needs to permeate every part of our children’s lives.
  • Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall diligently teach your children My words as you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
  • Parental discipleship is powerful and effective!
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING
These two websites provide more information and offer the best research available on home education. Click on these links.
THINK ABOUT YOUR GOALS

Think about what you most want to accomplish as a parent. Here are a few examples:

  • Passing on Faith
  • Building Character
  • Fostering Love of Learning
  • Strengthening Family Bonds
  • Equipping for Future Service

You can make your own list!

We hope you agree with us that homeschooling is the best educational option to help you make those intentions realities.

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© 2017 Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators & Julie Naberhaus adapted from "The ABC's of Homeschooling in Iowa" by Julie Naberhaus

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