Homeschool

Homeschool, Opinion May 17th, 2022

Homeschooling helps all of society, contrary to MSNBC columnist’s claims

An MSNBC columnist made headlines recently for supposedly explaining “How the conservative Christian right is hijacking homeschooling.” University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler warns in the article that Kirk Cameron’s documentary, “The Homeschool Awakening,” shows that homeschooling is “part of a larger project about dismantling the public education system in the United States.” “Parents unfamiliar with…
Current Events, Homeschool May 16th, 2022

Used curriculum sales: 7 ways to homeschool on a budget

Homeschool families tend to have a reputation for being frugal, and for good reason: many of us make financial sacrifices of some sort or another to educate our children at home. As a result, used curriculum sales can provide an excellent way for parents to stretch their educational dollars, support other homeschoolers and build community –…
Homeschool May 12th, 2022

Actor Kirk Cameron to release a film touting homeschooling in America

Has public education turned into Public Enemy No. 1? Actor Kirk Cameron thinks so, anyway. “It’s time for a Homeschool Awakening,” Cameron writes. With these words the 51-year-old actor announced in a video on Instagram that he will release a film project on homeschooling in June. The film promises to “explore the ins, outs, and honest…
Homeschool May 8th, 2022

This Mother’s Day, second-generation homeschool moms reflect on family legacy

As homeschool rates hold steady two years after the onset of the pandemic, many longtime homeschooling mothers are celebrating the freedom to not only fulfill their children’s academic needs, but also help them thrive. Meet three Kansas City-area homeschool moms who, as homeschool graduates themselves, want their children to enjoy the same experiences they had growing…
Homeschool, Opinion May 5th, 2022

Failure of public schools is a common reason homeschooling is growing among all demographics

Homeschooling is attracting large numbers of families from all demographics and backgrounds. A fascinating article by The Hechinger Report explores this trend in more detail, by following the stories of three new-to-homeschool families who come from different perspectives but are attracted to homeschooling for a similar reason: “All expressed disappointment with the public system and a…
Homeschool, Parenting May 2nd, 2022

A historic surge in homeschooling continues despite the return of in-person learning

The COVID-19 pandemic “ushered in what may be the most rapid rise in homeschooling the U.S. has ever seen,” according to a recent data analysis by the Associated Press.  The analysis found that despite a 17% drop in numbers this year, as compared to last year’s high, homeschooling numbers are still well above the pre-pandemic level.…
Homeschool April 28th, 2022

Homeschooling rates hold steady even after schools reopen

Melanie Moore started homeschooling her 10-year-old son, Asher, at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. As a single mom who runs a full-time massage therapy business, she only knew about homeschool through a local group that met at her church. Two years later, Moore has decided to continue homeschooling for the foreseeable future. “I have…
Homeschool April 12th, 2022

How and why this couple decided, even before his birth, to homeschool their son – and what has changed

My wife and I were blessed with the birth of our son, our first child, in May of 2021. As we prepared for his arrival, one of the primary topics of discussion was his education.  We live in the Kansas City Public School district in Missouri. Right from the beginning, we both felt the education our…
General Education, Homeschool April 7th, 2022

How hybrid schools are reshaping education

They’re not exactly schools, but they’re not homeschools either. They have elements of structured curriculum and institutional learning, while offering maximum educational freedom and flexibility. They provide a consistent, off-site community of teachers and learners, and prioritize abundant time at home with family. They are not cheap but they are also not exorbitant, with annual tuition…

KC-based nonprofit plans to help full-time working parents with homeschool

Rhonda McAfee thought her homeschool journey had ended when the last of her three children completed high school. “When my youngest son graduated, I thought I was finished,” the Olathe, Kansas mother said. “Like most parents, we feel we’re done. But God made it clear to me that my homeschool journey was connected with other families.”…