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Betsy Speicher

Options Other Than Homeschooling

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Gail,

Many parents wouldn't dream of sending their children to public schools, yet they lack the time and/or the motivation to homeschool them. What other options do they have?

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Gail,

Many parents wouldn't dream of sending their children to public schools, yet they lack the time and/or the motivation to homeschool them.  What other options do they have?

Betsy,

Obviously, parents who don't want to default to the public system have the option of sending kids to private schools. There are always trade-offs to consider when evaluating private alternatives: tuition, secular vs. parochial, Montessori vs. Waldorf, etc. Charter schools are public schools with more freedom to experiment, although they are not necessarily better than what you'd find in a regular public school.

Since homeschooling has become more accepted, some parents may choose to pay a homeschooling family to educate their children. As with other educational alternatives, this option should not be entered into lightly. There are a number of approches to homeschooling and some families are very casual about it. Many homeschoolers co-op for group classes, and that can be a good thing. Depending on what state you're in, public schools (and some private schools) offer part-time classes to families who are homeschooling. A homeschool support group can give interested families more information on state requirements and what's happening in the local homeschool community.

The main consideration when looking at alternatives is to choose what matches the overall needs of the family at any given time. Re-evaluate and make changes when necessary. Don't stick with something that isn't working for the best interest of all concerned.

Gail

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