Home education has become increasingly popular over the years. Whilst it was once thought to be solely a privilege of the rich or famous who could afford private tutors it has grown slowly, quietly, even stealthily up into the ranks of becoming an increasingly accepted form of education for families.
The number of home educating families are reported to have risen considerably over the last couple of decades. The last ten years especially have found home educating – or homeschooling – becoming a more viable option of learning for many children for any number of reasons.
Bullying, peer pressure and special needs have all been cited as reasons for families choosing to take this path of learning with many parents opting for home educating for no other reason than wanting to take responsibility for their own children’s education themselves.
And it is indeed a huge responsibility to take on.
We have home educated for almost seven years to date. Almost three years with Stephanie alone, and another three and a half so far with the rest of the children. During this time we have tried different things, used different methods and worked in a variety of ways all with positive results.
Yet still, despite us knowing that home education can and does work we still find it very much misunderstood and surrounded by a lot of myths and untruths often passed on as fact or – more concerningly – as a point of law.
We have often been emailed with questions from parents who would like to know more about home educating their children and I have been meaning to answer these questions for a long time. As the summer holidays are the time for preparing for the new school year I thought it would be a good time to address people’s questions and concerns regarding home education in the form of a series of posts dealing with different matters related to it.
Are you a parent considering home education for your family? Are you just curious to learn more about the hows and whys of it all? What questions would you like answered?
Alternatively, as home educating is such a wide and varied subject and can be done in so many different ways I would love for other home edding families to get in touch with their stories of how and why they decided to home educate, let us know any resources they have found useful or with any words of advice they’d like to pass on. A kind of what they wish someone had told them before they embarked on their journey type of thing.
Please send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Home Education” in the subject line.