Types of Homeschooling

Types of Homeschooling

Freedom and flexibility are two of the best parts of homeschooling in Texas. According to Texas education law, homeschoolers are considered private schools. As such, parents fund and oversee each part of their child’s education. So whether you teach 100% of the subjects, join a hybrid school, choose a once-a-week class, or participate in a cooperative, the design of your homeschool is up to you!

Full-time homeschooling is where the majority of the education is under the supervision of parents in the home. This can be done with a variety of materials, including traditional textbooks, DVD courses, online courses, outside courses, or all of the above.

Hybrid schools are part-time private schools that meet 2 or 3 days per week and cover core subjects, while parents follow the assigned curriculum at home during the rest of the week.

Cooperatives come in many forms, but in a nutshell, families meet weekly to learn together in a variety of settings. Some co-ops require parents to volunteer as helpers or teachers, while others allow students to be dropped off for the classes. Co-ops may be academic, extracurricular, or a mix of both.

Online public school, while sometimes considered homeschooling, is technically still public school. The state provides the materials, and the student must still meet state public education requirements for attendance, grades, and testing.

So you’ve decided to homeschool…now what?

So you’ve decided to homeschool…now what?

Every homeschool family has a moment where they’ve made the decision to take the plunge and leave the well-beaten path of public school in order to teach their kids at home. For some, they grew up homeschooled and it was the obvious choice. For others, they pulled their kids from public school somewhere along the way, seeking something better for their family. Maybe for you it’s somewhere in between!

I remember that day for our family. Our oldest child was preschool-aged and my husband (Josh) and I had been going back and forth about whether we should send him to school the following year, or homeschool our kids for the foreseeable future. His conviction to homeschool was steadily growing, while I remained obstinate, convinced that all homeschoolers would end up socially awkward with a substandard education. (Don’t be mad at younger me…I was young and knew nothing but stereotypes!)

The subject of homeschooling had come up, yet again, on our drive home from somewhere, and we seemed to be at a stand-still in the conversation, as we did not see eye to eye on how to move forward. Josh pulled into the driveway, turned off the car, and stared quietly for a moment. Then he looked at me and said, “I’ll just homeschool him when I get off from work. You won’t have to do anything.” It was then that I knew it was time to submit to my husband and jump on board!

Thankfully, my heart for homeschooling didn’t stay there! What started as submitting to my husband (though arguably not quickly enough) and, by extension, obeying God, turned into a journey with my kids that I wouldn’t trade for the world! My days aren’t always easy, and I can’t say I don’t ever melt down on the hard days, but the time I have with my kids is something I would never wish away! I won’t get to the end of my life and think, “Man, I wish I’d invested less time and energy into my kids when they were young!”

Regardless of how you came to the decision to homeschool, perhaps you find yourself staring into the unknowns wondering, “Now what?” I remember having that same feeling almost nine years ago! And while I don’t consider myself a “veteran,” there are a few things I usually pass on to other moms who come to me searching for next steps!

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