“The National Center for Education Statistics says that 1.7 percent of kids were homeschooled in 1999, 2.2 percent in 2003, and 2.9 percent in 2007. Today, that figure is at 4 percent, according to an article published at EducationNews.org. So it appears that the homeschooling growth rate is more exponential than it is steady.”
Quoted from CNN “Schools of Thought” http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/28/doing-the-math-behind-homeschooling/
Our family was in a transitional time about 12 years ago. Job changes, possible move to another state, and two children in elementary school. We decided it would be best for our family if we homeschooled – because we didn’t know when we would move, and we thought if we homeschooled at least the kids educational experience would remain the same for them. So, we embarked on this journey for logistics and family continuity. We made a lovely little school room in our house fully equipped with a flag to say the Pledge of Allegiance and everything. The first couple of days were wonderful; very mainstream, with cute posters, bagged lunches and smiley stickers for worksheets well done. One morning in our new school room at home, we had just started on our work when a friend called – surprisingly I answered the phone saying I was doing school now, my friend said “turn on the tv” it was September 11, 2001… We didn’t get back to our workbooks for days. Ironically, we started homeschooling for completely different reasons, but were now extremely grateful to have our children safe at home with us on this tragic day in American history.
Whatever your reasons are, you are not alone. New people are making the choice to homeschool everyday, whether it is safety, logistics, education, religion, bullying, etc. The choice to home educate is growing by leaps and bounds. And the educational options are also becoming very plentiful. It is a very big step, but nowadays you have a large variety of resources, curriculums and support. Welcome to the Homeschool Community!
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