Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Homeschooling for Eighth Grade--Some Planning

In my last post I spoke a little about deciding to homeschool my eighth grader. Imagine my surprise to see homeschooling as the featured article in Connecticut Magazine. Homeschooling is an increasingly popular, and easy, alternative to traditional education in Connecticut. The article itself is proof that homeschooling is not a fringe activity.
With the school year starting in only a few weeks, I've been knee deep in planning my own homeschool adventure with my eighth grader. I am more comfortable with a formal curriculum. Though I am home, I need large blocks of time for my business. Whatever we do needs to allow her to work independently.
The explosion in homeschooling families, like in every industry, means more available resources. When it comes to find courses, we could choose to learn from library books, websites, textbooks, books written specifically for homeschooling which include scripts for the parent to ease teaching, videos, online classes, tutors, or private teachers. There are also many parenting groups to help parent navigate the various options.
I prefer a more formal approach to homeschooling. My daughter has had experience with online classes and I like the interaction with the instructors. Online courses are a more costly option, though it's the option I thought might suit us best. 
We are trying out a few online classes over the summer. Selecting curriculum has been challenging and there are still a few subjects I have to figure out.
Homeschooling is an exciting endeavor. It's also scary. It's a big deal to take on all of my daughter's education.