Discover how to homeschool your children in a way that ensures they get what they need both academically and socially.
Homeschooling can be a bit of a mystery if you're new to the topic. In this course, you'll start at the beginning, delving into the history of homeschooling and examining its status today in all 50 states. You'll see how to find the laws and regulations that govern your community--and you might be surprised to learn that homeschooling is legal and growing all around you. As you discover what you need to know to homeschool your children, you'll also become familiar with the terminology the homeschool community uses.
You'll see how homeschooling gives you the opportunity to socialize your children as well as build long-lasting and productive relationships with peers and adults. You'll also find out how homeschooling gives you unique opportunities to teach valuable life skills. From manners to money management, you can be sure your children master subjects that don't make it into most textbooks. You'll also learn about full-time homeschooling for travelers and how it can fit into their adventurous lives. When you finish this course, you'll have lots of information and guidance to plot your homeschooling course for years to come!
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Discover how to homeschool your children in a way that ensures they get what they need both academically and socially. This course offers a lot of information and guidance to plot your homeschooling course for years to come.
Is It Legal to Homeschool?
Have you made the decision to homeschool, but you don't know where to start? Or maybe you're still keeping your options open and just want to know more about it? Homeschooling can be a bit of mystery if you're new to the topic, so this lesson will start off with the history of homeschooling and its status in all 50 states. You'll find that homeschooling is legal and growing all around you, and you'll see how to find the laws and regulations that govern homeschooling in your community. You'll also become familiar with some terminology used in the homeschool community and discover why people choose to homeschool.
Maybe you've noticed that your child does things a little differently than you do. In fact, maybe it seems like your child even learns differently than you! This lesson will discuss various learning styles and how they make a difference as you create your homeschool. You'll find out how to take your children out of school and make the transition to homeschooling both fun and effective. The lesson will also talk about children that need extra attention, both special needs and gifted, and a variety of types of homeschooling so you can choose the one that fits your family's lifestyle.
When it comes to curriculum, there are so many options! You'll discover ways to narrow down the choices and sort through curriculum with your specific needs in mind. Whether you choose to create your own curriculum, join an alternative school, or something in between, there's a good choice for each of your children. With the tools in this lesson, you'll make up a shopping list and discover where to go to find what you need.
High School Homeschool
People often ask homeschoolers when they'll send their kids back to school, implying that kids might "outgrow" homeschooling like a pair of sneakers. But with the fabulous opportunities for homeschooled high schoolers, most families are happy to homeschool right through to graduation! In this lesson, you'll see how to devise a graduation plan, prepare for college admission, and open the world to your homeschooled teenager.
With so many activities and learning experiences awaiting your children, it's easy to get a bit overwhelmed and lost in the process. So to get you on the right track, this lesson will talk about how to manage your day, organize your homeschool, and work with different ages all at once. Homeschoolers have the advantage of using the whole year to educate their children, so your schedule may differ from a traditional school schedule--both in how you manage each day as well as your plans for the year. You'll see how timelines can be a great help!
The "S" Word: Socialization
This lesson will talk about the dreaded "S" word . . . socialization! Many people worry about homeschool children lacking social experiences and skills, but seasoned homeschoolers are far too busy socializing and expanding their children's awareness to be concerned! In this lesson, you'll see how homeschooling gives you the opportunity to socialize your children as well as build long-lasting and productive relationships with peers and adults. You'll also learn some ways to address the issue with concerned family and friends.
Report Cards and Grades
At some point, your children will certainly ask you who will be grading their papers—and the answer is you! In this lesson, you'll look at the option to grade or not—yes, you do have a choice! You'll also learn how to create fair tests and prepare your children for anxiety-free testing. The lesson will also discuss report cards, transcripts, and standardized testing for homeschoolers as well.
Help and Resources
Although homeschooling centers on your family, there will be times when you'll find a little help a welcome addition. This lesson will discuss the vast resources available to homeschoolers and where to look to find tutors, mentors, and outside classes for your students. You'll learn about the difference between classes and co-ops, and the great opportunities a homeschool conference provides for you and your children. You'll learn about the Internet's wide array of resources, too!
In addition to resources for teaching your children, you'll be pleased to know that homeschool support groups provide friends, emotional support, and lots of fun activities with like-minded families. With over 2 million children homeschooling in the United States, it's not surprising that homeschool groups are thriving across the country. Whether it's an email loop or a group that meets in your neighborhood, you'll see how to explore the options, join an existing group, or start your own.
Teaching Life Skills
As you continue your study of homeschooling, you'll take some time to explore the many life skills you have the opportunity to teach your children. From manners to money management, you can be sure your family is well educated in subjects that don't make it into most textbooks. In this lesson, you'll find lists of life skills that are age appropriate and practical ways to actually teach these important concepts to your children. Homeschool students excel in more areas than academics!
Homeschoolers don't always stay home, but when they're on the road, the learning continues. This lesson will discuss ways to take your lessons with you, learn from the journey itself, and expand the awareness of your whole family. You'll see how to keep your children busy and interested while you're traveling and how to explore new places with an open mind and curious spirit. You'll also learn about full-time travelers who homeschool and their adventurous lives!
Making Ends Meet
The last lesson brings you more information on an important concept--making ends meet when one parent is at home educating the children. Homeschoolers are famous for their creativity, not only in the classroom, but also at home. Cutting costs, finding alternative ways to work, and building a family business all go hand in hand to make homeschooling a successful lifestyle. As the class comes to a close, you'll have lots of information to plot your course for the years to come!
Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book "Photoshop Elements 14—What's New?"