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Convincing the Family to Homeschool

Spouse

Many times the reluctance a spouse may have about homeschooling is due in part to finances. When one of the adults in a household takes on the responsibility of homeschooling, usually any income that individual brought into the home will cease. Many times the decision to homeschool or not will be decided by putting pen to paper and doing the numbers. If there is a way to afford it, the hesitant spouse will usually grant their approval for a trial period of homeschooling.

To do the financial numbers, parents who are thinking of homeschooling will generally sit down and make out a list. This list will show the money that would be saved each month by the spouse not working and the children being taken out of school. The areas in which money would be saved could include clothes, lunches, gas, childcare for a young child, and the other miscellaneous expenses of school and work. These figures will help the family determine whether they can afford to homeschool.

Children

Keep in mind that you are the parents need to determine what is best for their children. There common reasons parents want to homeschool are:

  • relaxed or a lack of teaching standards in your school district
  • violence in a school
  • a high number of students involved with alcohol or drugs
  • child with a learning disability
  • child that is not being pushed academically

When trying to convince a child about homeschooling , find out what his or her concerns are. Children who are young may simply want to ride on a bus or have a chance to buy a lunch box. If so, you may be able to satisfy your child by taking him or her on a bus ride in your town. You can also buy a lunch box and pack it for him or her each morning before homeschooling starts.

Older children may be afraid they will have no friends. Reassure them that they will still be allowed to have playtime with their friends. Their curiosity may also be peaked if you tell them you are going to enroll them in a group or enrichment classes where they can make friends with other homeschoolers.

***When first introducing homeschooling into a family, it should be viewed by all as a trial period. If children recognize this up front, they may be more willing to give it a try.

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