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Friday, January 14, 2011

Is home schooling for your child?

Is Home Schooling for Your Child?
by Dr Robert E McGinnis in Education, January 14, 2011

Each family has to decide how they want their child to be educated and what kind of material they want brought into the lives of the little ones they love.

The director of the Kumon Learning Center.

In order to have a successful home school experience, all members of the program must be on board and willing to take a part in the program. I think it appropriate to suggest that home school is not for everyone and that includes the student, parent and overseer. I will explain my own situation and conditions which might serve to enlighten anyone heading in the home school direction.

First, I must admit I am a teaching professional who has retired, but I began my home school program for a bright young lady at age two when it was apparent that she was ready to learn to read. (And read she did) My wife and I read to her, allowed her access to educational program on the computer and instructed her that all toys which could be deemed educational would be purchased without question, if reasonably priced and worthy. During her K through high school-home school program she must have purchased over $5,000 worth of computer programs alone. I can remember one very well, which was, The Oregon Trail and was one of her favorites. The reason it is difficult to remember, she is now 24 years old, married and a college graduate, with a perfect GPA.

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How did we do it? Every state has a separate system and a different way of treating the home school situation. To home school is a right which should never be denied without good reason and those should be few. The first thing a person must do is check with the local board of education and follow the guidelines established for that county either by the state or local school board whichever is responsible in your area. The student or students must be registered with the school board as being home schooled and that board will provide the home schooling parent with the guidelines and requirements.

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