Jun132009

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Why Preppers Should Consider Homeschooling

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I don’t remember when I first became convinced that homeschooling was the only type of education I wanted for our children. I do know it was long before I ever became pregnant. Now that we’ve finished our fifth year of homeschooling, and we’ve started taking prepping seriously, I’m more glad than ever of our choice.

The foremost benefit for preppers is that homeschooling provides a continuous flow of education in spite of changing circumstances. Any event that would normally disrupt the school year doesn’t have nearly the same impact for homeschoolers. During a time of intense stress and change, a homeschooling family is together, along with the reassurance and the anchor that only parents can provide.

If a family decides to move to another location or has to evacuate for a time, other than losing some time in the moving process, kids can pick up their schooling right where they left off. The trauma of leaving one school and starting over in another is a non-issue. A multitude of free homeschooling resources on the web can take the place of more expensive curriculum if need be.

In case a pandemic hits, homeschooled kids will already be at home, along with their textbooks, computers, and everything else they need for learning. School closings and quarantines will be one less thing to worry about.

If you’re worried about socialization, I present to you my two children. Bella, age 10, is in a sewing class, on a swim team, cheerleading squad, takes piano lessons, and is pretty much in charge of our neighborhood’s group of kids. Chris, age 7, can talk with anyone about anything, anywhere, anytime. He plays football, takes guitar lessons, is also on a swim team, and attracts little girls like moths to a flame. Our homeschooling has given them the time to develop practical skills, like canning and gardening, that would otherwise be limited by public school hours and homework. If you still need convincing, read this excellent article.

If the idea of homeschooling has ever crossed your mind, you’ll find a variety of helpful articles online. There are thousands of resources online, but for basic information for beginners, here are a few of my favorite sites.

How to Decide if Homeschooling is Right For You (video)

Homeschooling.About.Com

Donna Young

Guilt-Free Homeschooling

The free curriculum I personally use can be found at Ambleside Online.

I have found that homeschooling parents are generally eager to share their experiences and offer advice and suggestions, and chances are, there are homeschooling activity groups and co-ops in your area.

“Follow your heart”, isn’t always the best advice, but when it comes to homeschooling, I think it’s an excellent guide. If your heart is telling you to, at least, consider homeschooling, there’s no better time to do that than right now.

There may be links in the post above that are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, which does not affect the price you pay for the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

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(5) Readers Comments

  1. We are homeschooling my son. I am happy to learn that you are doing so. Thank you for taking the time to update your blog as frequently as you do.

  2. We homeschool too! Over 10 years and 5 kids later (my oldest is Bella as well :) I agree with so much you have said. There are a couple of other issues that have come up over the years that underline my desire to homeschool. One last year several local schools were caught off guard by a snowstorm and the kids had to stay at the school for over 48 hours with limited adult supervision. No extra clothing, blankets, etc. Another issue is schools are beginning to do things like RFID backpacks and considering RFIDing kids as well. One grandmother contacted me and said that her grandkids were fingerprinted without parental consent for the lunch program. I don't want my kids to be electronically monitored or personal information like fingerprints just given away without consent.
    God bless
    Heather L http://www.prudentpantry.org http://specialneedshomeschooling.com/

  3. we homeschool our oldest and have learned that it was by far the best choice for our family. She is far ahead of her peers academically, socially doing just fine, and it is the most flexible and open plan we could have chosen. She is smarter than I ever was in 5th grade–and I am "re-learning" things too as we progress. Our twins will start school next year, and I cant wait to see their little minds open up to all the things we can offer!

  4. Hi, I've enjoyed browsing through your blog. And learning that you homeschool too. It fits right in with the rest of our lives doesn't it.

    Sharon

  5. This was a great post. I agree with and practice it already. I love that we homeschool and knowing that no matter what, my children are in the safest place possible for any event. Home.

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