Has anyone ever looked at you strangely when you told them that you homeschool your only child? There are African American single mothers who homeschool, and they do not fit into many's idea of what a homeschooler should be. This coupled with the fact that they may be homeschooling an only child causes concern, "Why don't you want your child to be at school with other children?!"
Homeschoolers who homeschool one child or several children do allow their children to participate in classes to enhance their academic studies, as well as to socialize with other children. Usually when mothers of children who attend traditional school realize that a homeschooled child is not in the house all day working at a desk or the kitchen table, they feel relieved.
Once a mom whose child is in public or private school learns that the homeschooled child takes classes, she wants to know more about the classes. The classes may be academic like Language Arts, History, and Algebra, or they may be fun classes like Digital Photography, Hip Hop Dance, and Exploratory Art. Co-ops vary as to how often they have classes, i.e., once a week, three times a week, or every day. This usually leads you into more talk about academic classes and about where homeschooling moms get their teaching materials. There are some who write their own curriculum, others who buy a boxed curriculum, and still others who use an online curriculum like Time4Learning.
Moms of public school children often have questions about standardized tests and want to know how moms of homeschooled children know if their children are at grade level. Some states require homeschooled children to take standardized tests while others do not. You can choose to have your child tested even if your state does not require it. Homeschooling moms can use an online grade-level curriculum to see if their child is at grade level.
Sometimes when you finish these informal chats about homeschooling, you feel as though you have given someone, who may have never met a homeschooler—especially one who does not fit the prototype—a positive impression about homeschooling.
Other homeschooling moms probably get a lot of questions too, regardless as to their marital status or ethnic background. Yes, anyone who wants to can homeschool–even a single mom who works from home.
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