Homeschooling is providing your child with education inside the home. Most families typically choose a more formal structure similar to what you would find st school or private school.
Unschooling advocates learner-chosen activities. Students learn through life experiences which include personal interest, travel, household responsibilities, etc.
The question I get the most is How do your kids get socialization?
First of all, my kids interact with myself and husband all the time. They play with other kids just like everyone else. As homeschoolers, there are homeschool groups across the globe. So finding one near you shouldn’t be too hard. We belong to one in our city and have get-togethers all the time, with kids of various ages.
Since my children are exposed to various ages, it has taught them how to communicate and interact with different people.
There are also extracurricular activities like sports, dance, etc, which also allow for socializing.
The only difference in socialization between a child who goes to school versus one who is homeschooled:
• Homeschooled kids are exposed to more adult conversation and kids of various ages.
• Children who go to school typically only interact with other children in the same age group, aside from their teacher.
Is homeschool/Unschool even legal?
I can’t speak for the US, but in Canada, YES. Most provinces allow homeschooling/unschooling. However, it is best to check with your province or state as the laws may vary.
Where do you get your curriculum?
There are so many different curriculum to choose from out there, most of which are US & Christian based. We try to follow what is taught in our local private schools. (I will provide a short list at the end).
Here in Ontario, there is a Homeschool conference each year that you can attend for a small fee. It is a great place to start if you are thinking of homeschooling. (www.ochec.org)
When and how do you start?
You can start at any time and as soon as your child is ready to learn. Some parents, like myself choose to homeschool/Unschool from the get-go. Others, may choose this route later on, after the child has already attended school.
What about high school or college/university?
You can homeschool/Unschool all through high school level if you choose. Some families will send their kids to high school after being homeschooled/unschooled.
There are lots of colleges and universities that recognize home education. But it is best to look into this and the requirements. In Ontario (Canada), the other option is to have your child complete their GED before applying to college/university.
Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents
Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page
HSLDA (US & Canada)
US Department of State
CRHE (for US citizens)
Alpha Omega Publications
Pearson School Canada