By some estimates, there are over two million homeschooled students in the United States, and that number grows by about 2.5% annually. There are quite a few studies that show homeschooled students fare better than their traditionally-schooled peers in nearly every metric. Families that choose homeschooling often have a variety of motivations. Many want greater control over the curriculum used in their child’s education. Some choose homeschooling to allow a broader religious element as part of the student’s studies. Some families find themselves in school districts where homeschooling is just a better option due to local conditions.
One undeniable benefit of homeschooling is the flexibility. It’s a wonderful thing to plan day trips and excursions, and even family vacations where the homeschool experience is not interrupted by the change, but actually expanded. Many churches and communities have homeschool groups that meet regularly and work together to plan bigger events and help each other through the process.
Homeschooling is a big commitment for families. It typically requires at least one parent to stay home full time. Parents are not required to have any specific training or college degree to homeschool. And the outcome for homeschooled students appears to be pretty much the same regardless of the educational level of their parents. The clear advantage for homeschoolers is the unbeatable student-to-teacher ratio. Kids flourish in an environment where they have much more individualized attention.
As students progress to high school, some parents find topics to get increasingly rigorous. It’s not uncommon for students to outpace their parents especially in the areas of math and science. This is one area where targeted tutoring can be a big help, and a natural extension of the homeschool experience. Regularly scheduled tutoring can be a great addition to your homeschool regimen. It functions very much like a college schedule for the students. Once or twice weekly meetings with the tutor server to further the student’s studies and check progress. At Academic Learning Labs, our tutors are available for virtually every subject, and we’re ready to work with you using your curriculum. We’ll work with parents to keep them apprised of their child’s progress, and stand ready to expand or diminish our role as your family sees fit.
Homeschool families face unique challenges, but also offer their kids some great advantages. Whether your child attends a public, private, charter school or is homeschooled, we’re ready to help. We will work within the specific curriculum your child uses, and we offer our students tutoring done on an individual basis. Academic Learning Labs is located in Rancho Santa Margarita, and our one-on-one approach assures every student our time with them is dedicated solely to their specific needs. Whether your child is ahead of their class, behind their class, or ready to start studying for the SAT/ACT, our tutors are here to help move them move forward and equip them for the journey. For more details on how our tutors can help your child, give us a call at 949-546-0800.