Homeschool 101: 10 Things you need to know before homeschooling your kids

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Homeschooling is gaining ground here in the Philippines as a viable educational option, with more parents choosing to explore it and “take the plunge” into the “road less travelled,” as many people call the homeschooling path. Even celebrity parents like Hans and Marilen Montenegro, Chuckie and Yen Dreyfus, and Chinkee and Nove-ann Tan have discovered the joys of homeschooling, as they have chosen to be their children’s teachers.

For those who are trying it out though, homeschooling may seem daunting, even scary, at first. That’s why attending homeschooling seminars and conferences, and reading up about homeschooling can be a huge help to newbie or just-curious-about-homeschooling parents.

Here are 10 things that you need to know before you get started:

  1. Your “inner why” for homeschooling

If you’re thinking about homeschooling, one of the most important things that you need to know is this — if you don’t have your own set of reasons for taking on your child’s education, you need to think on it, stat!

Having your own “inner why’s” for homeschooling will help you stay focused if and when you decide to “take the plunge.” Your reasons for homeschooling will also help you stay strong amidst any negative statements and feedback that you might get from people who will question your decision.

  1. Your goals for your child’s education

Any parent — homeschooling or not — should have goals for their child’s education. Of course, having our own goals does not mean that we get to dictate what we want to our children, or pressure them too much to excel.

Think about the kind of education you want your child to have, and involve him in goal-setting, if you can.

  1. The local laws about homeschooling

In the Philippines, homeschooling is perfectly legal. You can read more about the legal status of homeschooling on the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website.

  1. The benefits and potential disadvantages of homeschooling

Do your research on the different “good” and possible “bad” effects of homeschooling. The Internet is a good place to start, but it will also help to talk to parents who are already homeschooling their kids. The upcoming Philippine Homeschool Conference is a great venue to meet these parents. (See more details on the Conference at the end of this article.)

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  1. That homeschooling is NOT “school at home.”

Many people think that homeschooling is simply bringing home the conventional school set-up that most of us have grown up with. This is not true at all, although some homeschooling parents may incorporate certain “school-ish” practices like having the kids wear uniforms, setting specific times for each subject, and so on, into their homeschooling routine.

Read: Homework tips from homeschooling moms

The truth is, homeschooling gives families the freedom to learn anywhere and everywhere and at any time — so you certainly aren't just limited to doing schoolwork within the four walls of your home.

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