Homeschooling is defined as a practice in which a parent or a group of parents teach their children at home. As homeschooling became more common, it has been met with increased debate from the public and policymakers, who have concerns about protecting all children from poor educational practices and protecting parents’ rights to determine how to best educate their children. Homeschooling is not a regulated activity and there are neither legal requirements nor state educational standards that must be met during homeschooling.
There are several different types of homeschooling that reflect the vast diversity in approaches to education, socialization, and curriculum among families that consider themselves home educating. These include unschooling, part-time enrollment in local schools or charter schools, homeschool cooperatives, online school programs, and intensive instruction at home programs.
The real practice of homeschooling can be different. Homeschooling sticks to traditional school lessons and some more open forms. Which is a lesson- and curriculum-free implementation of homeschooling. Some families who attend school in the beginning, later try to stop going. They do this so they can break free of the habits they have learned at school and get ready for homeschooling.
Typically, homeschool students are engaged in independent study for four or more hours a day. For example, in the early grades, children may be taught reading and mathematics through an established curriculum framework that meets state requirements. In later years when they have displayed mastery in each grade level’s academic content, they can then move on to more advanced subjects. The average homeschool family is not considered part of the “homeschool movement.”