Catholic Home School

Many Catholic parents are uncomfortable with the current school education system. Besides the approach to various subjects with may be contrary to their religious beliefs, many parents feel that the actual importance of religion in life is undervalued. This may even happen at Catholic school where the pressure to produce academic results often forces religious teaching to take second place. One option that parents with these misgiving have before them is the Catholic home school.

Besides the other acknowledged benefits of home school – no long bus rides, learning at the child’s own pace, focus on areas that parents deem important keeping the child’s life goals in mind, Catholic hole school provides 3 more – the opportunity to teach religious values as desired by the parents, keeping their children away from subjects like sex education and birth control and protecting them from undesirable external influences.

There are e few things to keep in mind when setting up a Catholic home school:

· There are a variety of Catholic home school curricula available. Research them and find one that suits your family. Some are accredited programs that require the students to submit their work regularly and receives grades along with regular report cards and progress reports. These are usually structured around an academic year and require the student to stick to a daily schedule of study. The other option is where lesson plans and course material is provided and it is left to the parents to teach the children at their own pace and their own times. These allow the parents flexibility in their teaching procedure but keep challenging the students. This type of Catholic home school program is better for parents who want to design their own religious teachings with their own focus.

· Once you have shortlisted a few options, contact them for more information – most will have catalogs and information packs available for sale. This is money well spent as it will help you refine your choice.

· Visit home school fairs if possible and spend time with the Catholic Home School representatives. Do not hesitate to ask as many questions as you want. Your child’s education is not something you can take lightly.

· There are consultancy services available that will help you to choose the right kind of Catholic home school for your children.

· If you want, you can even design your own Catholic home school curriculum. There are books and other resources available on the internet that will help you in doing this. A word of caution – please check your state home schooling laws to ensure that whatever you do in compatible with them.

A Catholic home school will also protect your children from peer and other external influences to indulge in sex, drugs, alcohol and other vices or inappropriate behavior. While this is one of the main reasons for parents deciding to go in for a Catholic home school, care should be taken to ensure that the children are also given enough opportunity to socialize with others of their age group. Parents often tend to over look that fact that later on in life the children will be exposed to much that is negative in life. While a Catholic home school will give them the fundamental to withstand this pressure, it should not come as a sudden assault on their sensibilities. A gradual conditioning to external influences, both positive and negative, it the best solution for children educated in a Catholic home school.

Home-Schooling Your Children – 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

The choice whether to home-school your children or send them to public school is completely yours to make. However, there are a few considerations that you should know and be aware of before you choose whether or not it is right for your family. Taking advantage of this opportunity to spend more time with your children, and to be actively involved in their education, is a wonderful and incredibly rewarding decision. If you’re thinking about home-schooling, here is a short list of the top five that you need before you go any farther.

  • Know your state laws! Each state has their own specific laws that govern home-school and those that participate. It is imperative that you know and understand these laws thoroughly before beginning home-school. Some states require very little information, while others are quite strict in their stipulations.
  • Make sure you have the time to put into it. Home-school really isn’t difficult, but it is time consuming. You will want to make sure that you have the time (and energy) to put into all the different aspects.
  • Know your options. There are many options available to home-school families. Some of the really great options include: being able to design or buy your curriculum, joining in supportive groups in your area, and even an opportunity to allow your children to attend public school online.
  • Make sure you are ready. This may seem pretty obvious, but in truth you will need to be ready for a lot of unexpected things. Some of the really difficult ones are: non-understanding people; a lot of people simply do not understand the concept of home-schooling, and may even give you a hard time over it. Also be aware, that while that does entail friends and family, there are also a lot of officials that should know better, but do not. These people can really give you trouble sometimes. That isn’t to say that they will, but be prepared in case they do.
  • Understand that you will need to keep some records. This does not usually have to be a very sophisticated scheme for the most part, but you will want to keep a couple of folders worth of recordings. These should include, at minimum: samples of your children’s best work, a form of attendance, (to prove that you are in compliance with your state’s laws), test scores if required, and a copy of your curriculum.

As an added note, you should also be aware that, in most cases, public school and other officials have no right to come into your home and inspect your home-school. Be sure that they have proper reasons, and show cause before ever allowing them in. If they require you to show them your work, it is usually best to offer a meeting outside the home, preferably in a public place, where you can show them all that they need to see.

In some cases, and certainly not all or even most, officials may try to overstep their bounds, whether because they aren’t well educated on the rules that apply to home-school, or because they believe that you aren’t. This is why this list of the top important aspects of home-school is a must for anyone considering this rewarding path.

If you have the passion and drive to teach your children at home, then you should. This list is not intended to be a deterrent, just a helpful guide to give you a leg up. There is a vast amount of knowledge to be had, and it is important that you know start out with at least the basics.

Home Schooling Help

Are you thinking about home schooling but you don’t know where to start? Are you overwhelmed with all of the information out there? Do you need help sorting through the facts?

Well you’ve come to the right place.

I’ll take you through, step-by-step, what you’ll need to know to begin your homeschooling adventure.

First you will want to acquaint yourself with the home schooling laws in your state. The easiest way to do this is at the Home School Legal Defense Association web site. From their home page you can click on “in your state” found in the quick menu on the left hand side. Once you do that you will find a map of the states, click on your state and there you will find the home schooling laws of that state.

Second step is to decide how you will home school. Will you use an umbrella program or be totally on your own? What’s the difference?

Umbrella programs include ISP’s, Charter Schools, and distance learning programs.

An ISP is an independent learning program. It can be private or public. It includes anything from very basic record keeping all the way to providing curriculum.

A charter school is taxpayer funded, but more parent oriented. It’s like a private school without the cost. Some charter schools offer home schooling programs. And some of those programs offer classes one or two days a week. The best of both worlds is their motto.

A distance learning program is similar to curriculum in a box or school at home. Lots of times work is done on the computer via the internet.

Being totally on your own requires the filing of paperwork with your state. And depending on your state there will be various degrees of accountability.

Not all of these programs exist in everywhere. Remember to check the laws in your state before proceeding.

Next you’ll want to evaluate your level of home schooling comfort. It’s not unusual for first time home schoolers to want more support. And it’s not unusual to want mere freedom as your comfort level grows.

Now would be the time to start reading. I highly recommend “The Joyful Home Schooler” by Mary Hood,Phd, ” A Charlotte Mason Companion” by Karen Andreola, and “The Well Trained Mind” by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer.

Reading these books will give you an excellent overview of home schooling from several different perspectives. Use these books to help you create your home school identity. You’ll either be totally convicted by one of them or you will take some from each of them. Either way these books will prove to be useful as you decide what your homeschooling experience will be like. Be sure to read them while making your decisions.

Well that about does it for now. I think I’ve given you enough information to think about for a little while at least. From here you should be able take your first home schooling steps. Good luck!