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One of the most important decisions we make as parents is how we will educate our children. Traditional public or private schools were considered the only option for decades. The homeschooling movement has changed the face of education greatly. There are well over 2 million homeschoolers in America alone. What was once a rare exception in educational choices, is increasingly popular as students and parents discover the benefits of homeschooling.

The decision to homeschool is not a decision parents should take lightly. The Bible charges us as parents to"train up" our children in the way they should go. This task is impossible if we turn our children's educations over to the government or even private entities.

Choosing How to Educate Your Child

The first thing you need to do is research your options.The homeschooling market has changed greatly in the past 20 years. There are literally thousands of curriculum providers and online learning programs to choose from. It pays to do your research. Make a list of several options in homeschooling material. Compare the pros and cons of each option with your spouse before determining which option is best for your family.

Next, you will want to take into consideration the unique needs of each child. What works for one child may not work for another. Creating an individualized educational experience is just one of the many benefits of homeschooling. Every child learns differently, and it is important that you choose a method that will best suit your child. Researching your options online and talking with other homeschool moms about their curriculum is a great way to get a feel for whether or not something will work for your child.

Look at what has worked in the past and build on that. Today's students are required to learn differently than their parents to be able to compete in the workforce. Online learning offers a student a challenging environment that utilized the latest technology to enhance the learning experience.

Consider online learning for your child, especially if one of the se things is true:
  • Your student struggles with several subjects.
     
  • Your child is gifted or advanced.
     
  • Your child learns at a different pace or needs more individual attention than a traditional classroom can offer.
     
  • A member of your family is active military.
     
  • Your student's education is suffering from a negative school environment.
     
  • Your child has activities or interests that conflict with traditional schooling.

The choices you make in regards to educating your children can shape who they are in the future. That's why this decision has to be made with much prayer and consideration. It is important that you and your spouse agree on the choices you make in regards to your child's education, so you can present a united front and work as a team in the best interests of your child.

Taking all of the above into consideration when choosing your child's education will help you make the best possible decisions for your child.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MIMI ROTHCHILD
Mimi Rothschild is a homeschooling mom of 8 children & Co-Founder of Learning By Grace in 2001. She is an author, educator, and mother of eight, is determined to change the world. Driven by her passion for justice and the Lord's truth, her multi-faceted professional path has one thread - the creation of new programs that are truly worthy of children. Learning by Grace offers a variety of State of the Art Christian Online Homechooling Programs such as http://www.TheMorningStarAcademy.org and http://www.TheJubileeAcademy.org.

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