Many parents ask, "Am I qualified to homeschool my kids?" when they first begin thinking about homeschooling. The short answer is, "YES! You are qualified to homeschool"! Read on for more reasons why you actually are qualified to homeschool high school.
If you're new to homeschooling, or just considering it for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions about how it works and if you are even qualified to homeschool your kids! You aren't alone. Many first time homeschool parents have the same questions and insecurities as you are having right now.
There is a great article at Porch.com where I, and others, have contributed lots of great information about homeschooling. You can read all about what we have to say about scheduling, time management, struggling learners, technology use, behavior issues, and (of course) socialization - and much more! I think you'll find all of the information helpful and a great way to ease your fears about homeschooling and your part in preparing your kids.
In the meantime, know that you are qualified to homeschool your kids, from elementary to high school. I've included three reasons showing you why you are qualified below to encourage you.
Homeschooling is much more effective than public or private school. You can find reliable homeschool statistics at NHERI.org. Homeschooling is effective regardless of race of parent or child, regardless of parental income or size of home, regardless of parental level of education. Parents are qualified to homeschool in every state, and state information is found in the article, Know Your State Homeschool Law.
Your abilities (and insecurities) will not necessarily limit your ability to homeschool. If you want to see statistics, and scientific reasons why this is true, take this free class: Homeschooling - Why Homeschool Works with Dr. Jay Wile
We are promised that homeschooling is effective (proven by the statistics). Here are scriptural reasons why you can be an EXCELLENT homeschool parent.
You might wonder why I've included love as a qualification for homeschooling your children. But, consider this. The love we have for our child ensures success because we are motivated by love to be sure they are educated. We are motivated financially because we want them to become independent and thriving adults. We love them and care that they can function in the world. We want them to succeed. No other teacher in the world is as motivated for the general good for your student as you are.
At some point we may need to reply to disapproving on-lookers, and unfortunately, some of them may be family. This "Disapproving, Insensitive Relatives Translator" will help you respond to those who make you feel like DIRT.
Read the full article Homeschool Mom Decoder for more tips on explaining homeschooling, and our feeling about homeschooling, to others.
Here's how to keep high school records in 5 easy steps for under $10.
You don't need an expensive system. In fact, owning a fancy system is no guarantee you will actually use it. The best high school record keeping system is simple enough to use, and doesn't cost much at all. What I suggest is so simple, you can keep
How to caluclate homeschool GPA. It's an area where homeschool parents everywhere get anxious at the thought of trying to do their child's transcript because they fear calculating the GPA.
Updating your child's homeschool transcript need to happen yearly. You'll include all of the finished classes from the most recent year. When you update the transcript, you'll need to recalculate the grade point average, as well.
It is important to provide colleges with the information they need when going through the college admission process. Although the transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, colleges may ask for you to provide homeschool documentation in the way of work samples if they are considering your student for scholarship opportunities. Having your comprehensive records in order is important before you begin the