In preparation for the trip, I’ve been reading up on homeschooling, as the boy will miss most of next school year while we are on the road. I’ve gotten a few sample homeschool magazines and ebooks. I joined the local homeschool organization. Hoping to get some good advice on getting started and organized, I have been reviewing blogs, message boards and Facebook pages with titles like “Planning your first year of homeschooling,” and “Tips for the new homeschooler.”
What have I learned? Homeschooling is still driven by a large number of people who do so for religious reasons.
We attend church. The boy goes to Sunday school. The Bible is an important book, and any well-educated person should know about it and what says. However, I am not looking for Bible based math curriculum, or Bible spelling, or Scriptural handwriting, or Bible story reading primers, or Bible times cooking lessons, or Bible art, or Christian PE. I expected to find Bible based biology and history books when I looked into homeschooling. I was not prepared for the way that some curriculum providers incorporate Bible studies into all aspects of academic work.
I hit the bookstore and teacher supply store and found some ‘secular’ materials we will be using. I’ve stocked up on e-books from Scholastic and Amazon, so I think I have all our materials covered. As research, I am planning to attend a homeschool curriculum fair in April, but I no longer have high hopes for the convention.
Mostly, I’ve been disappointed. I am confident we will do a good job of covering what we need to with the boy next year. However, I was hoping for some good solid advice and support from people who have been successfully homeschooling. Instead, as a person planning to homeschool for non-religious reasons, I feel more of an outsider than before.