The Carnival of Homeschooling

Monday, January 16, 2006 marked the third week of the Carnival of Homeschooling. I think it is a good sign that homeschooling continues to gain strength.

The Carnival mission statement reads: Why homeschooling is usually a better option for children than public schools. We’ll also explore homeschooling issues in general, educational thoughts, and some other random stuff.

I have been favorably impressed with the maturity and good sense of home schooled children. This is not something that every parent can manage, but those that can homeschool their children are giving them the best preparation for life I can imagine.

One of the biggest surprises for me was learning how homeschooled students cover material in far less time than students in school environments. A few hours of homeschooling each morning is the equivalent of a full day spent in a school system. Field trips are often a normal part of the weekly homeschooling schedule. Every shopping trip is a chance to teach valuable lessons in managing money and running a household. It is no wonder that homeschooled students excel when compared to regular students.

Even when parents cannot homeschool their children, every bit of education that parents can provide personally is valuable. My sister and I attended public schools, but our parents spent a lot of time teaching us how to relate to people as well as crafts and skills like woodworking, marksmanship, and photography. The lessons we learned from them are still fresh in my mind after all these years.

I have added the Homeschooling Carnival link to my blogroll.

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0 Responses to The Carnival of Homeschooling

  1. Carl says:

    As the father of a 13 year old home schooled son I have to agree with your comments. Thomas and his homeschool co-op classmates are some of the most mature, insightful and upstanding youngsters I know. I have a cousin who is a teacher with one of the public school systems ans she scoffs at homeschooling. I like to reminder her now and then that all the signers of the declaration of independence were homeschooled. 😉

  2. Henry Cate says:

    A study was done awhile back and the researchers found that the average child in K-12 gets about two hours of real instruction each day. The rest of the time was waiting in line, recess, lunch, doing work on their own, and so on. On the average each student got about five minutes of the teacher’s focused, individual attention.

    Many homeschoolers are able to do their basic school work in the morning and have all afternoon to do more interesting stuff, or to socialize.

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