Friday, July 13, 2012

Homeschool Talking Points

Three years ago, Rock Springs, Wyoming was implementing a Daytime Curfew.  There was a general outcry from the homeschooling community.  The Chief of Police ask me to help educate the local Police Force; to help them understand just what homeschooling was/is.  Here are a few of my talking points from that presentation:

  • There are many reasons to homeschool and many methods that parents approach it with. Many of these methods include children being out in public during the “traditional” school day. Additionally there are some families that use a combination of home and public schooling (different children or different times of life).
  • Fear (from Police with the Curfew) limits the ability to effectively Homeschool children. 
  • We use the environment to teach. The world is a learning environment.
  • Volunteer – Community service creates hands on learning opportunities as well as socializing the children.
  • Curriculum and schedules vary by family… think of what could happen to our children if parents that worked away odd shifts (oil fields, mines) were to keep their children home, and school them on a schedule compatible with their work weeks.
  • Wyoming is great about Homeschooling! It’s a very permissive state in which to undertake this adventure!

2 comments:

LeighAnn said...

Are you homeschooling again?

SuzyQSparkles said...

No, but people are asking me questions about it again. I figured I'd post the information that I've compiled, just to make it easier to share.

My boys are both asking me to homeschool again. Not sure my husband would go for it at the moment, but I'm trying to get us in a good groove over the summer... homeschool is ALWAYS an option for us (and technically, I registered our homeschool with the state AND registered the boys at the public school... just trying to keep my options open!) ;)