Posted January 17, 2009 by Adrienne
Categories: Articles, Internet Resources

Check out my article, “Diversify Your Homeschool Plan with Vanishing Cultures” and the rest of the articles in Lee & Low’s new section on their website for homeschoolers.

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Diversity in Homeschooling

Posted January 14, 2009 by Adrienne
Categories: Organizations

At the Fairfield workshop, we were wondering about homeschooling among various ethnic groups. I’ve been looking into this a little more, and I found this listing of electronic discussion lists for homeschoolers of various ethnicities. I thought some of you might find it interesting. I certainly did.

Service to Homeschooling Families: Solano County Pre-Workshop Assignment, Part 3

Posted January 10, 2009 by Adrienne
Categories: Internet Resources, Organizations

Here are some links to information I found about homeschooling support groups in Solano County:

* A to Z Home’s Cool listing of groups
* Crossroads Homeschool Group
* Christian Homeschoolers of Solano County

Service to Homeschooling Families: Infopeople Pre-Workshop Assignment, Part 2

Posted January 7, 2009 by Adrienne
Categories: Articles, Internet Resources, Research

Another resource I think is valuable to those who want to learn more about homeschooling (which I’ve linked to here before and that I’ll be citing several times in the workshop next week) is the National Center for Education Statistics’ report, “Homeschooling in the United States: 2003.” The stats are a bit dated at this point, but they are also the most rigorously collected and carefully analyzed stats currently available on homeschooling. It is tremendously difficult to find studies of homeschooling that focus, like this one does, on homeschoolers as a whole rather than a very select group of homeschoolers. The authors’ comments in the NCES report speak to some of the difficulties in collecting information about homeschoolers, and some of their findings might surprise you. Here are just a few interesting factoids from the study:

The number one reason homeschooling parents (85.4% of respondents) gave for homeschooling their children was “concern about environment of other schools.” The number two reason (68.2% of respondents) was “dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools.”

  • * Homeschooled children are more likely to come from two-parent families, have more siblings, and have one parent home full-time than their institutionally-schooled peers.
  • * 77.9% of respondents reported using the public library as a primary source of learning materials. The library won out over homeschooling catalogs, bookstores, and homeschooling organizations–as well it should.
  • The NCES has started updating this data, and just this past month they published a new “In Brief” report, “1.5 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2007.” It’s nothing earth-shattering, but it’s work a quick read.

    [Note: If you’re just joining us, please don’t miss our first preworkshop assignment.]

    Service to Homeschooling Families: Infopeople Pre-Workshop Assignments, Part 1

    Posted January 2, 2009 by Adrienne
    Categories: Articles, Internet Resources, Presentations

    Welcome attendees of Infopeople’s upcoming “Service to Homeschooling Families” workshops at the Solano County Library – Fairfield (January 12th), Buena Park Library District (January 14th) and San Diego County Library Headquarters (January 15th). I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you the week after next. In preparation for the workshop, I thought some of you might like to get a head start on exploring the world of homeschooling. One of my favorite websites for newbies is the Homeschool Diner, maintained by homeschooler Julie Shepherd Knapp. Her “Guide to Homeschooling Approaches and Curriculum (and Everything)” is designed for the new homeschooler, but it’s also an excellent resource for library staff who would like to begin learning more about homeschoolers. I highly recommend reading the article and delving further into the site. If you would like to post a comment here to let me know what you think about what you’re reading, I’d be glad to hear from you.

    HomeSchooling at the Speed of Life by Marilyn Rockett

    Posted December 27, 2008 by Adrienne
    Categories: Book Reviews, Catholic Homeschooling, Christian Homeschooling

    Rockett, Marilyn. HomeSchooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, and Family in the Real World. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2007. (PB: 9780805444858)

    This book is much less about homeschooling per se than it is about maintaining one’s sanity while trying to take care of all the rest of what author Marilyn Rockett calls “the dailiness of life” while homeschooling. Nothing wrong with that. Most mothers struggle with balance on some level or another, and homeschooling mothers have some challenges other mothers they know might not—teaching long division, for instance, or fretting over their child’s seemingly inexplicable inability to learn how to read. Rockett comes from a Christian perspective, using her first chapter to connect God’s plans to orderliness in a family’s life. From there, she moves into chapters on dealing with clutter, dealing with paper, the importance of teaching children domestic skills, record keeping, and the like. Throughout, she includes quotes from the Bible as well as quotes from other writers. Chapters conclude with questions to help the reader discover areas of personal weakness and strategies for overcoming them as well as a few devotionals for inspiration. A CD-ROM that comes with the book includes numerous printable organizational aids.

    Rockett is, without a doubt, a skilled and practiced organizer. She writes very specifically to Christian homeschooling mothers, but her advice is realistic and solid for anyone looking to get a little more organized. That said, the book is probably not going to connect with homeschooling fathers, non-Christian homeschoolers, and even some Christian homeschoolers who would prefer something with a lighter touch. It may, however, appeal to Christian mothers who aren’t homeschooling, since even non-homeschooling mothers still have plenty of school-related things to deal with on a daily basis. The book will appeal to the same audience that enjoys books by the likes of Carol Barnier and Christine M. Field. Recommended for mid-to-large library collections in communities with strong Christian homeschooling populations.

    Just in Time for Christmas: New Information on Homeschoolers from the National Center for Education Statistics

    Posted December 23, 2008 by Adrienne
    Categories: Articles, Research

    Just today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has issued a new “In Brief” report, “1.5 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2007.” I may be the only girl who was waiting on the edge of her seat for this data, but this is the first reporting on the NCES’s planned update of their somewhat ground-breakingly informative “Homeschooling in the United States: 2003.”

    The new report gives the barest glimpse of the information they have (although they promise future reports analyzing more data) and focuses primarily on how many homeschooled students there were in 2007 and how that changed from their previous reports in 2003 and 1999. It does, however, also give stats on the reasons surveyed parents gave for homeschooling. Most interesting to me is that  “To provide religious or moral instruction” made a significant jump (from 72% in 2003 to 83% in 2007). They’ve also added a category, “Nontraditional approach to child’s education,” which I think is wise.

    Interesting, interesting. I’ll be looking forward to when they release a full report.