For Homeschooling Parents
“Where do I start? I’ve never planned my child’s curriculum before.”
“How do I know if my child is really learning what she needs to learn?”
“What skills do I need to be an effective teacher?”
At the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, we hear questions like these all the time. Many new homeschooling parents want to provide a quality education for their children but aren’t sure where to start. A growing number of parents are turning to homeschooling for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet this need, we’ve created an online course that will answer these questions and more. Our goal is to give YOU the tools you need to homeschool your children in a way that is memorable, positive, and effective.
For many homeschooling parents, the decision to homeschool involves an immense amount of dedication and self-sacrifice. We support and affirm homeschooling parents who work hard to give their children an excellent education in a supportive and nurturing environment. It is our hope that these resources, created by homeschool alumni and CRHE staff, may aid homeschooling parents in providing a robust educational experience, one that supports children’s natural development and instills in them a lifelong love for learning.
What does successful homeschooling look like? Below, three adults who were homeschooled through high school describe what worked for them—and what helped them succeed.
What about Socialization?
Many new homeschooling families worry about their children’s socialization. This is normal and understandable. The good news is that there are many ways to find the social opportunities your child needs to thrive! Take some time to learn about what socialization is—and how you can make sure your child’s needs are met.
What does the research say?
Research on homeschooling can help guide homeschooling parents as they make decisions for their child—and their child’s future. What do we know about homeschool outcomes?
- While there is little research comparing homeschooling styles, what research does exist suggests that students whose parents use a more structured homeschool program perform better on standardized tests than students whose parents are more unstructured.
- The most consistent finding is the existence of a math gap. The reasons for this are still unclear, but it is likely that math is harder for many parents to teach than reading. Parents should pay special attention to their children’s math education.
- Homeschool graduates appear to be less likely than other graduates to attend college. While college is not for every student, parents homeschooling high school students should make sure college is accessible to their children when they graduate.