DIY Education = Homeschooling
DIY has become a way of life for some folks. From landscaping to minor home repair, there are entire websites and even TV networks dedicated to encouraging people to do it themselves. But what about teaching your children? Could you do that yourself? Today, an estimated 2–3 million children are taught by their parents at home. The reasons range from wanting to provide individualized instruction that builds on a child’s strengths and interests, to health issues or special needs, to avoiding school violence, increasing family time, and many more. One big reason is that the public schools are rapidly descending to an agenda far away from Christian principles.
A DIY education is teaching your children what they need to know based upon their interests and skills, rather than following a one-size-fits-all curriculum. This type of education allows you to teach your children at their own pace rather than compelling them to learn on a predetermined schedule. It by no means blindly follows the public school model. DIY Education happens when you take what you have and put your own brand on it. It is when you get out of the box and decide that you can educate your kids yourself!
In the 1970s, a few courageous parents decided to DIY their children’s education. There weren’t a lot of resources available back then, but with ingenuity and determination they successfully taught their kids. Today, that generation of homeschoolers is all grown up, and the resources available for them to teach their own children have vastly increased. There are complete boxed curricula, online courses, DVDs, homeschool co-ops, homeschool magazines, and hundreds of companies that cater directly to the needs, learning styles, and varying interests of students and their parents.
So, when it comes to your child’s education, there’s no reason you can’t Do It Yourself, particularly since it’s completely legal to do so in all 50 states. And with an estimated 2.5 million children currently being home educated in this country, an enormous homeschooling community is standing by to help.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com is one such resource of support: it’s the curriculum side of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Now is the time to bring your kids home. Come explore homeschooling, and don’t miss this roundup of 8 of the best online homeschooling websites.
A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.
– Luke 6:40