All homeschool families have their own reasons why homeschool became the right choice for them. Parents all over the country give a variety of reasons why homeschool became the choice for them, such as: liberal agendas, worldly curriculum and secular beliefs, low academic and teacher standards, overcrowded classrooms, lack of individualized attention, harmful peer-pressure and so forth. While these may be some of the reasons why homeschool originated in families, there are many other reasons why homeschool continues to be a way of life for so many homeschool families.
One of the primary reasons why homeschool has become such a strong movement is that homeschool families grow so much closer in the process, which is truly something to be cherished in a world that seems to have lost all sense of family values. Another reason why homeschool has become the fastest growing segment of education is that homeschoolers have more fun learning, and therefore are more likely to become lifelong learners! Homeschoolers continue to excel and out-shine their public school peers in many academic areas. Furthermore, most homeschoolers are very resourceful and know that the world is their classroom.
While many parents know why homeschool appeals to them, they do not know where and how to begin, which is why homeschool can often be somewhat daunting for many homeschool families. There are many different ways to homeschool children, but Christian Homeschooling has always been one of the most popular approaches. Within the realm of Christian homeschooling there are many different approaches to education, so it is best to do some research in order to determine which approach is most well-suited for your family. There are also many other approaches other than Christian homeschooling. Many parents simply choose to go it alone without a formal curriculum or lesson plans. While this might work for some homeschool families, especially with younger children, it is not highly recommended for older homeschoolers and can even be a reason why homeschool is not always successful for every family.
One thing all homeschool families need is a support community where they can learn from, and form alliances with, other homeschool families. Regardless of the reasons why homeschool makes sense for a family, it takes quite a bit of meticulous planning and forethought in order to create and maintain an academically superior homeschooling environment. It doesn't happen by itself, and it is vital to have support group of fellow homeschoolers to help in refining and enhancing the homeschool experience. In fact, most homeschool families would agree that it often takes a couple of years to feel as though they are really in their element and are truly fostering learning environment for which they are striving. Although t is certainly not the easy path by any means, the rewards far outweigh the trials and most homeschoolers are actually grateful that their parents understood why homeschool made sense for them!
Virginia Eanes has been a certified Montessori teacher for 16 years, and has studied brain-based learning and brain development extensively. Throughout her career in the classroom, Virginia created many activities that fostered a desire within the child to repeat the activity until mastery was achieved, thereby creating strong neural pathways for learning. Virginia believes wholeheartedly in the concept of brain-based learning which is essentially educating with brain function and development in mind, in order that the brain will be more engaged in the learning process. Virginia also believes that brain-based education is the shape of the future of education, and that homeschool families have an advantage in readily implementing these techniques with their homeschoolers.