How is homeschooling? Is it easier than a normal school? I have heard about it but I have never met anyone who was homeschooled, so I always wondered how life for them must be. Normal schools are so hectic and infuriating!
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Stephannie Baker It all depends on the parent(s). They truly run the school. There are several models parents typically use. Here are some common models in my state: 1) Families come together and almost operate like a small private school in a cooperative program. The Smith parents teach all the children math, the Palusa parents teach all the children history, etc. Subjects and books would be very familiar to you. The location is usually a church or other community building and held during the day. This is fairly common in my area and allows costs to be shared across families. 2) Families purchase curriculum used in public or private schools and teach at home. The subjects and books would be very familiar to you. This is also fairly common. There are curriculum fairs to buy, sell, and trade materials. The children may stay at home, but I know some that prefer studying other places (library, at parent's work place if allowed, or on the road if parents drive for a living). 3) Families either make their own curriculum or purchase some that isn't widely used elsewhere. This might not be as familiar looking to you. Some examples are adaptive learning software that integrates all subjects and progresses only at the speed of the student (fast or slow) and a classic learning model that teaches only one subject a year to mastery. Locations choices are the same as #2. 4) Families chose no curriculum, no set hours, and no set subject. This is sometimes called Hack schooling. The student does what interests them and learns along the way.
I don't know if I could label any of those as easier. There are many more choices to adapt the subjects to the student, but it's all up to the parents. I'm in #2, our curriculum is fairly hard and my students don't get A's easily. As far as life goes, they are involved in several activities outside the home. Also, while we've not acted on it yet, our state passed a law last year to open public school sports, band, and choir to homeschooling students.