It would seem that the number of children being homeschooled is increasing in the state of Georgia and around the nation. In 2007, there were approximately 1.5 million school-aged children being taught from home. Parents are citing their reason for homeschooling as being religious or moral instruction, safety and environment, peer pressure, dissatisfaction with other academic instruction, as well as family time, finances and travel. Some parents are simply looking for a non-traditional approach to education while others decide to home school due to health issues or special needs.
I had always thought homeschooling to be an option for the wealthy or parents of child stars. That at least until I met the Lamar family. They are walking into their wealth (speak things as though they are), and their children are stars – star pupils and products of homeschooling. The Lamar’s have taught from home since their children’s elementary years. Their daughters have excelled academically and musically receiving numerous awards and accolades. In fact, the elder of the two will be completing her five-year degree program in just three years.
Mrs. Lamar was a guest on the Elite Women Today blog talk radio show where she answered many questions and addressed some of the concerns that parents feel to be unfavorable of homeschooling. Some parents would argue that children do not receive the needed social exposure from the proms and sports activities, etc. in a home school setting. Mrs. Lamar’s response to that was surprising to me in that home school actually offers programs for everything a child could want to learn from languages to arts and even equestrian activities. Achievement tests for homeschoolers have actually shown that students are averaging in the 75th to 80th percentile as opposed to the 50th percentile for their public school counterparts.
If you, as a parent, have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent and are able to devote four to five hours per day, you could very well home school your child. The time commitments involved will likely increase as your child progresses academically and develops an interest for different forms of extracurricular activities and arts, etc.
Homeschooling has become a viable solution and chosen option for many parents. It allows parents the freedom to control how their child is educated. Homeschooling does not assume that all children are standard, as is the case with standardized testing. Children can actually experience the lesson plan outside the four walls of the classroom.
For more information about homeschooling – http://www.ghea.org
Listen to very informative interview on Elite Women Today Radio hosted by
Hosted by Deshon Underwood with Special Guest: Sylvia Lamar discussing
The Benefits of Homeschooling: