Social skills is an area of deep concern when it comes to homeschooling. Many critics point out that since man needs to hone his social skills, a homeschooling environment where social interaction is limited is detrimental to his growth and development. But studies have proved this wrong.
Children put into the fiercely competitive school environments lack the confidence to hold a conversation. Such children show little genuine interest in the topic of conversation and don’t know how to interact with people of various age groups, especially their elders.
Children who learn at home are more aware of the implications and the purpose of their learning.
They will ask intelligent questions and make accurate observations. Children begin their life by imitating their parents.
Home-schooled children therefore pick up the sterling qualities they see in their parents. On the other hand, they are protected from the detrimental influences of their peers.
These children are thus better equipped with the tools necessary to face the world.
The positive reinforcement that takes place in the homeschooling environment as opposed to being abandoned, embarrassed or ignored in a normal school environment strengthens their self-esteem. Children turn out to be better balanced and well-rounded as they progress into adulthood.
Without a doubt, homeschooling is legal in all the 50 States of the U.s. But, that is just about where the similarity ends. Laws and regulations regarding homeschooling vary from state to state.
Interpretations of these laws can vary from school district to school district. Additionally, these laws may change every year.
The National Home Education network is a wonderful resource when it comes to the legalities of homeschooling. It has a listing of the actual state laws for each state in the U.S.
Reading the laws that pertain to your state is perhaps the best way to get accurate information about these laws. But, most people need to get the laws interpreted by a qualified attorney.
You can get valuable information from the support group at your locality.
Additionally, many state education departments have online resources that will help you in interpreting the state requirements for homeschooling.
The internet is also a good source of information. It is a good idea to check out your state laws regarding homeschooling before you start educating your child at home.
This will prevent any nasty surprises on the way. If you have to move, you will need to be aware of any tests or exams that your child may need to take.