Homeschool Questions & Answers

OK to skip a grade?

Stacy writes from Alabama: I need to know about skipping grades. My son who is supposed to be in the 3rd grade had found the work is too easy for him. So, I have started him doing 4th grade work to challenge him. I just need to know is…Read

How can I convince the critics?

Samantha asks the following question: Hi. My husband and I have decided to homeschool our children, but it seems like we have the whole world against us on it. Everyone; our neighbors, my step son's biological mom, and even a…Read

How can I get time to myself while homeschooling?

Maritza is a new homeschool mom and is enjoying the process, but has a concern: Hi! I just started homeschooling my kids (4, 2 and 4 months). It’s been 3 weeks and I’m enjoying it. It’s just that I feel very tired at the end of the…Read

Can I successfully homeschool my highly distractible child?

Alexandra asked the following question in Kari's blog: Hi Kari, since you're a veteran in homeschooling, and I'm just a possible future one, I would appreciate very much your input and experience. I'm thinking of homeschooling my now…Read

I’m a single parent. Can I homeschool?

Single parents can definitely homeschool. However, it can take a lot of diligence and creativity. Truthfully, this is a very in-depth question that goes beyond the scope of this FAQ, but there is an excellent, comprehensive list of…Read

Can I teach multiple grades at the same time?

Teaching multiple grades at one time can sometimes be a challenge, but it’s certainly not impossible! In fact, teaching all of our children together can actually be one of the best parts of homeschooling! There are a few ways you can…Read

What about socialization?

This is one of the most common questions asked about homeschooling - in fact, it's often the very first question asked by concerned friends, grandparents, or other family members when they find out you intend to homeschool your…Read

What are the advantages to homeschooling?

Wow - where should we start? Here are some of the best advantages to homeschooling: Homeschooling allows (in fact, requires) family members to spend far more time together than would be possible if the children were sent to an…Read

How can I teach subjects I don’t know much about myself?

It's easy enough to teach our younger children, but many parents worry what they'll do when their children reach more advanced studies in junior high or highschool. Virtually all homeschooled students will eventually reach subjects…Read

What are the disadvantages to homeschooling?

First, let's clarify just what is meant by "disadvantages" to homeschooling. There are definitely some challenges to overcome in homeschooling, but a challenge is not the same as a disadvantage. In fact, a challenge is really just an…Read