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Alternative Education and Homeschooling Independently

Homeschooling is hard enough all on its own, but when others criticize us for our educational choices, it becomes even harder.  That’s why I try really hard not to judge the way other people choose to educate their children, knowing that most parents are doing their very best with their situation.


Because I’m a huge advocate of independent homeschooling through high school, sometimes people who choose to use government-funded programs perceive that I am critical of the programs they use.  Where I live, those programs are called alternative learning experience or parent partnership programs, and classes often happen in buildings called “homeschool resource centers.”

I recently heard from a mom who uses these programs and who felt criticized by an article I had written about them.  She’s found these programs to be a great fit for her child, and was very happy with her choice. In case there are others out there who feel criticized by my perspective on parent partnership programs, let me explain:

My job is to encourage parents to homeschool independently.  Most parents I work with are homeschooling independently, and that's how they find me. My mission—and my job—is to nudge parents toward homeschooling independently.

As The HomeScholar, I’m willing to help anyone, regardless of their situation or educational choices.  I actually have some clients in alternative education and parent partnerships.  That’s fine!  I don’t judge!  But I do I nudge.  In order to encourage parents to be successful homeschooling through high school, I focus on a narrow mission focus: homeschooling independently thru high school.  

Lots of parents can get lots of helpful information from my website, presentations, and resources. But my mission, job, and vocation are to help those who are going alone, and who need a mentor and encourager in their corner.  If that describes you, I hope you will call!


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Comments 3

Guest - Lee (website) on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 07:40

Thank you for the encouragement! I appreciate it!
Blessings,
Lee

Thank you for the encouragement! I appreciate it! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Kimberly on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 02:45

Homeschooling does require investment and when you're choosing for one parent to stay home and educate the kids, it can be a financial struggle to provide what is needed for a well-rounded education. I would caution homeschooling parents who choose government-funded options that the more the homeschooling community takes advantage of such programs, the more license they give the government to intervene and "regulate" the lives of homeschoolers in the name of "helping." I don't want the government involved in my educational decisions whatsoever! Government hand outs are NEVER ultimately free.

Seek other homeschooling parents if you need materials. I'm always willing to help if someone needs supplies or guidance. There are many homeschooling associations nationwide and, contrary to popular belief, homeschooling families are very social and friendly and I'm sure that it would be easy to find others, like me, who would love to encourage you in your endeavor.

Good luck to all who choose the privilege to homeschool!

Homeschooling does require investment and when you're choosing for one parent to stay home and educate the kids, it can be a financial struggle to provide what is needed for a well-rounded education. I would caution homeschooling parents who choose government-funded options that the more the homeschooling community takes advantage of such programs, the more license they give the government to intervene and "regulate" the lives of homeschoolers in the name of "helping." I don't want the government involved in my educational decisions whatsoever! Government hand outs are NEVER ultimately free. Seek other homeschooling parents if you need materials. I'm always willing to help if someone needs supplies or guidance. There are many homeschooling associations nationwide and, contrary to popular belief, homeschooling families are very social and friendly and I'm sure that it would be easy to find others, like me, who would love to encourage you in your endeavor. Good luck to all who choose the privilege to homeschool!
Guest - Deana on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 01:37

Thank You Lee!!! We have been so blessed by your approach to home school through High School. We drove in the wee hrs of the morning to hear you in Cincinnati. I left there thinking I can do this through High School. With your help, praise God, my husband and I created a good transcript and I knew how to convert all his 4H hrs. A few months ago the Lord opened a huge door for my son to do work through the public school system at our local Christian college. As you encouraged us his standardized test scores were in line with his transcript grades. He was ready because of the advice you gave and we were ready with a prepared transcript in hand. May God bless you for your work for Him. Deana

Thank You Lee!!! We have been so blessed by your approach to home school through High School. We drove in the wee hrs of the morning to hear you in Cincinnati. I left there thinking I can do this through High School. With your help, praise God, my husband and I created a good transcript and I knew how to convert all his 4H hrs. A few months ago the Lord opened a huge door for my son to do work through the public school system at our local Christian college. As you encouraged us his standardized test scores were in line with his transcript grades. He was ready because of the advice you gave and we were ready with a prepared transcript in hand. May God bless you for your work for Him. Deana
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