Homeschooling Outline

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I. Homeschooling provides educational, physical, emotional, and religious freedom for all students. a. Educational Freedom – Most homeschooled students have the choice to study and learn what they want, when they want, for as long as they want. This is not to say that all the basics (and more!) aren't covered. But those basics may be covered at age six for one child, and at age ten for another, depending on ability, maturity, and interest levels. (Unfortunately, a few states do have unnecessarily restrictive legal requirements; in those states, educational freedom may be limited.) b. Physical Freedom – After the initial shock of leaving the school system has passed parents who homeschooled said they experienced a real sense of freedom. With their lives no longer revolving around school hours, homework, and the school calendar, these families plan off-season vacations, visit parks and museums during the week, and live their lives according to what works for them. c. Emotional Freedom – Sadly, peer pressure, competition, boredom, and bullies — are all part of a typical school day. This can be a particular problem for girls. Studies showed that homeschooled girls have shown that self-esteem remains intact and that these girls continue to thrive. Homeschooled kids can dress and act and think the way they want, without fear of ridicule or a need to "fit in." They live in the real world, where lives aren't influenced by their surroundings and peer pressures. d. Religious Freedom – Many families feel their religious and spiritual beliefs are an important part of who they are. Homeschooling provides the opportunity for parents to incorporate their beliefs into their daily lives.

II. Homeschooling is less work for both parents and children. a. Closer Family Relationships – Just about every family stressed the important role that homeschooling played in helping them find time to foster loving ties between all family members. Teens seem to benefit...
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