By Judith Jolma
Last week I published a blog generated entirely by artificial intelligence just to see what would happen. Of course, when you ask Chat GPT to generate information it can only gather information based on what is digitally published. So it was no surprise that the program produced 500 words that were sort of accurate but also missed the point.
The following is my response to some of the commonly believed ideas about homeschooling:
AI Said: “Homeschooling has become increasingly popular in the United States over the past few decades, with more and more families choosing to educate their children at home. While there are many benefits to homeschooling, such as greater flexibility, personalized instruction, and the ability to tailor the curriculum to meet the specific needs of each child, starting homeschooling can be a daunting task. In this blog post, we will explore some of the challenges that families may face when starting to homeschool in the US.”
First of all, this is simply not quality writing. Parents, PLEASE teach your children to write. This skill is more important than ever. (More on that topic in another post).
It is true that Homeschooling has exploded in popularity and that there are many benefits to it, but this entire article missed the biggest benefit -- freedom to create the lifestyle of your dreams! You are no longer bound to the regulations, standards, and schedules of the industrial school system. Never take a test again if that is what you want. Learn science out in the real world, history via dynamic family discussions, and math by building something cool. Mom never has to sacrifice her career or her clean house. I haven’t. Feed the whole person with art, laughter, and wonder all year long. Build your relationship with your children on a mutual love for living big!
While many families find the task “daunting,” it does not have to be this way! The industrial school system is daunting with all its red tape and artificial learning methods. Once you realize that you are free from all artificial expectations the intimidation factor evaporates. The Foundations of Homeschooling Masterclass teaches how to create a learning culture that is uniquely your family's. Once you realize the freedom that awaits you, it becomes as daunting as winning the lottery.
AI Said: “The first challenge that many families encounter is navigating the legal requirements for homeschooling in their state. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but the regulations and requirements vary widely. Some states require families to register with the local school district or state Department of education, while others have no formal requirements. Some states require parents to have a certain level of education, such as a high school diploma or college degree, while others do not. Additionally, some states require standardized testing or regular evaluations to ensure that children are making adequate progress.
For families new to homeschooling, figuring out which regulations apply to them and how to comply with them can be overwhelming. Some families may choose to work with a homeschooling organization or hire a lawyer to help them navigate the legal requirements, while others may spend hours researching and reading state laws and regulations.”
Sorry Chat GPT, complying with state regulations is not so difficult. All parents need to do is pick up the phone and call HSLDA. Their incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and professional team will give you the skinny on your jurisdiction and provide everything you need to comply. They are the number-one advocate for homeschoolers. There are only a few states that require an overbearing level of regulations and you always have the right to file a religious exemption if you find these regulations repulsive to your belief that parents are the primary educators of their children. Complying with state regulations takes a little effort the first time you go through the process. After that, it consists of one afternoon’s attention each year.
AI Said: "Another challenge that families may face when starting homeschooling is finding the
right curriculum and resources. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Families may need to research and compare different curricula, textbooks, and online resources to find materials that are aligned with their child's learning style and interests.
In addition, families may need to invest in educational materials and resources, which can be expensive. While there are many free or low-cost resources available, such as online educational videos and open-source textbooks, families may still need to purchase textbooks, workbooks, and other materials. Some families may also choose to hire tutors or enroll their children in online classes, which can add to the cost."
The greatest challenge that families face when buying a curriculum is that they think this is the first and most important step to homeschooling. While it is the most visible, it should never be the first step just like buying lumber should not be the first step in building a house. You must learn how to homeschool, evaluate your needs and make a plan first!!!!!! With the Foundations of Homeschooling Masterclass, this process can take as little as six weeks to set you up for a lifetime.
AI Said: “Another challenge that families may encounter when starting homeschooling is finding a community of support. Homeschooling can be a solitary activity, and families may feel isolated or unsupported without a community of like-minded individuals to connect with. Fortunately, there are many resources available for homeschooling families, such as local homeschooling groups, online forums and discussion boards, and national organizations.
By joining a local homeschooling group, families can connect with other homeschooling families in their area, attend social events, and share resources and ideas. Online forums and discussion boards can provide a virtual community of support, where families can ask questions, share advice, and connect with others who are homeschooling. National organizations, such as the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), provide resources and support for homeschooling families across the country.”
As an introvert, I find the plethora of homeschool communities, opportunities, and support overwhelming. “Let’s go hiking,” “I’m starting a cooking club,” “I found an amazing set of books!” The messages light up my phone all day, every day. The social opportunities are the most overwhelming part of homeschooling for me. I WANT to stay home but there are so many friends, outings, and resources that if I’m not careful, the family would never be alone again.
AI Said: “In conclusion, starting homeschooling in the United States can be a challenging task, but with careful planning, research, and support, families can overcome these challenges and create a successful homeschooling experience for their children. By taking the time to understand the legal requirements, finding the right curriculum and resources, and connecting with a community of support, families can ensure that their children receive a high-quality education that meets their individual needs and goals.”
Finally! Something we can agree with. The takeaway here is that good preparation is the key to success!!!!!! To run a successful homeschool, you MUST understand yourself and the lifestyle you want to craft, your children and how they learn, what they need to learn, and where you can all learn it together. You must know how to find and afford resources and more importantly, what resources you do not need. It is very difficult to learn all this on your own. That is most likely why so many families find the task difficult. But I’ve made it simple for you. The Foundations of Homeschooling Masterclass walks you through each step. You will have a workbook by your side as you watch a series of videos. As you fill in the blanks on the workbook you are answering questions that will help you discover your teaching style, your child’s learning style, what daily routine will serve your family best, how to create a homeschool budget, where to find the best curriculum and then exactly how to choose the right curriculum for each student! How much easier could it be?
Each challenge homeschoolers face is addressed. But often you need more than a Masterclass. You need a real mom to talk to. I’m here to offer that too.
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