Parents as Teachers

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Recently, I enrolled my two-year into the K12 Online Public School Preschool Embark Program to formally begin homeschooling him. Prior to enrolling him into the program, I’d been utilizing teach at homes tools like ELF LearningDreamEnglish.comMaple Leaf Learning, and Super Simple Learning. My son is yet a little over a week in the program and is soaring brilliantly. My fear of choosing to home school my son versus allowing him to progress the traditional path, preschool then public school system, has been squashed.

Who are homeschooled students? According to the National Center for Education Statistics,

Homeschooled students are school-age children (ages 5–17) in a grade equivalent to at least kindergarten and not higher than 12th grade who receive instruction at home instead of at a public or private school either all or most of the time.

This stat does not include preschool. However, its common knowledge that preschool curriculum is considered preparatory education for kindergarten. Hopefully by the time your child reaches kindergarten, they’ve mastered the alphabet, shapes, colors, small numbers with some knowledge of big numbers, have been exposed to addition and subtraction and know their names.

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Back in September of 2013, the HSLDA – Home School Legal Defense Association reported a finding from the U.S. Department of Education concerning homeschooling.

 the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released an eagerly awaited report on the number of homeschool students in the U.S. The report showed that the number of homeschool students has grown by almost 300,000 since the last report in 2007. The new report concludes that approximately 1,770,000 students are homeschooled in the United States—3.4% of the school-age population. This is an exciting report. It shows that parents continue to choose to homeschool their children, even during a time of economic difficulty

The keywords in this finding? Economic Difficulty! When me and my husband made the joint decision for me to resign from my job, remain home and raise and educate our child, it was one made with much fear and careful consideration. In today’s economy, most households need an average of about three salaries just to survive and live comfortably. There we were just making it off of two salaries, then add a third body to feed and clothe, and the stress level erupts. No more frivolous shopping, picking up extras we don’t need and frequenting our favorite eateries as often as we liked. On the other hand, when I consider the advantages: moral, physiological, educational and psychological, my child will have over children, selfishness digresses. I have the advantage of being his built-in filter in regards to what he gets exposed to. I control the pace of his education and he’s afforded constant one-on-one attention instead of one teacher to more than 25 students.

As a matter of fact, Sonlight – a Christian homeschool curriculum company, lists some of these advantages in their top 15 on benefits of homeschooling.

The Top 15 Benefits of Homeschooling

You get to…

  1. Control what your children learn and when they learn it.
  2. Build intimate and meaningful relationships with your children.
  3. Tailor your teaching to fit your children’s dominant learning styles.
  4. Give your children in-depth, personal attention in any subject with which they struggleorexcelRead more:

Parents should act as their children’s first educators. Morals should be taught at home and not by some twenty-four college graduate who parties on Sunday night and barely makes it through the classroom door Monday morning to teach your child. I know not all young college graduates behave in this manner. But, I’d rather not chance it. In addition, not all parents take the time to teach or raise their children with any decency. They stick them in front of a television or video game and go shopping. Everything their children pick up from Lord’s knows where is then imparted to your child whether you consent to it or not. This is why my advocacy for and other homeschooling tools is beyond this blog. Choosing to home educate my child gives me satisfaction far beyond any selfish desire.

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Naomi C. Kellogg

Naomi is an emerging screenwriter and novelist who writes fiction, nonfiction, and dramas. She’s written for a national magazine, run a blog, and headed the communications department for a 501c3 corporation. Naomi is actively completing a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and is a member of the Nation Council of Negro Women (NCNW), St. Petersburg Chapter, where she hopes to inspire young African-American women who aspire to write.

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