I was sent a great infographic that provides a brief history of homeschooling in the United States and covers some very compelling statistics in favor of homeschooling.
I’ve included some of the text from the infographic that I found especially interesting.
Home Is Where the School Is: Understanding Home-Schooling in the United States
Before the advent of formal, communal education, children were educated in the home. But with schools opening in the American colonies in the 1600s, education outside of the home has been common practice in the United States for centuries.
The past four decades have seen a resurgence of home schooling in the U.S.
Tips for Getting Started Homeschooling
Know the Law – Rules and regulations about home-schooling vary widely depending on where you live. Before you take any steps to remove your kids from school, be sure you know exactly what’s expected of you. Consult the Home School Legal Defense Association, or your state’s home-school association.
Consider Your Approach – What methods will you use educate your children? Will the curriculum be highly structured? Will you allow your children to determine the course of their education?
Rely on community – With home-schooling growing in popularity, many options exist for finding networks of other parents who home-school.
Especially when you’re getting started, these resources can be invaluable for developing your teaching style or simply providing moral support when things get tough.
Establish Expectations – Decide how you will evaluate your child’s progress in each subject and communicate that at the outset.