Homeschooling Stats

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Homeschooling, like anything else, can absorb all your energies and consume you if you let it. Pretty soon, you and I will be so busy with daily and weekly goals, we might forget about the big picture. So before we can’t see the forest from the trees, I wanted to share some information that came into my inbox recently.

If you are only thinking about homeschooling, the data should give you food for thought. If you are already in the homeschooling trenches, you should be encouraged.

Personally, I already feel the homeschooling ride getting faster. I have homeschooled officially for all of six days now and find myself adjusting methods, curricula, schedules, and the transition between activities. I had to cancel a picnic with one of my support groups (Blount Home Education Association) because our schedule was too full for that week and the children were feeling it. One of the advantages of homeschooling, after all, is flexibility.

Another important detail: during our first week of official homeschooling, we said goodbye to our summer guests – my sister, her husband and their fourteen-year-old son. Lots of emotions to deal with plus lots of things to get done before and after their departure. The silver lining? Taking my sister and her family to the airport doubled as a field trip for the children.

Which brings me to my point about the stats below: homeschooling happens in real families who deal with life events on a regular basis. All the more reason to appreciate the hard work of the researchers who put it all together. Enjoy!

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up