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Episode 105: The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

January 18, 2022

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Key Takeaways:

Make sure it works for your family. It has to be a full family approach. All adults and kids in the house have to buy into the homeschooling approach.Communicating with one another is key to the success of homeschooling. 

Conduct research online to see what approaches would best fit what you are looking for. It isn’t one size fits all.

Facebook is a good place to find parents or homeschooling groups to reach out to for help.

Check with your state/country to learn about their criteria or requirements when considering homeschooling as an educational option. 

You can create a pod with other families. You can also find a co-op for enrichment. You don’t have to do it all by yourself. 

Questions to consider for parents:

  • How much time do you have?
  • Is this the correct fit for you? 
  • What sort of curriculum do you want to pursue? 
  • Consider the commitment- you have to really want to take this route. 

If you are looking for a college application- remember to document what you are doing. 

You can also try it out! Test it out over summer/school breaks to see if it works for you. 

The Pros of homeschooling:

  • Flexibility in terms of your schedule
  • Ability to do deep dives into areas of interest
  • Increase in family time
  • Students are able to interact with peers that are at different age levels.

The Cons of homeschooling:

  • It is a ton of responsibility and it can be overwhelming. 
  • Family time increases so be wary of family stress. Incorporate alone time into schedules.
  • Be prepared for questions people will ask of you as to your educational choices.

Homeschooling is not easy for the parents or kids. Be prepared!

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Meet Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart

At the end of his first year teaching Social Studies at Dublin Jerome High School, company founder Brian Stewart thought it would make sense to do some part-time tutoring work over the summer. After all, he had done quite well on standardized tests when he was in high school and really enjoyed coming up with creative ways to explain challenging concepts to students. 

As Brian worked with more students, word spread about the quality of his tutoring services. He started to offer ACT and SAT test prep group classes, and worked with students from all over Central Ohio. In 2011, Brian left his day job to run BWS Education Consulting full time with his wife Caitlin. 

In 2012, Barron’s Educational Series contacted Brian about submitting samples of his writing as they conducted a national search for their next ACT book author. Brian was chosen to write Barron’s ACT, and has gone on to write several ACT, SAT, and PSAT books with Barron’s Educational Series. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

Thank you to Brian for joining us today to help educate us about homeschooling options. There has been a significant increase in families homeschooling their kids. Reasons range from lifestyle, philosophical, religious, costs, and individualized learning opportunities. It is a commitment from both the parents and students so make sure you agree as a family this is the right choice. There are many resources available to help guide you along the way. Asking families who homeschool or joining a FB group is also a great way to connect and get answers to your questions. 

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