Homeschooling, a mainstream educational alternative
Many people think that homeschooling is a new, slightly odd-ball education alternative which was developed by people who didn't want their children to interact with other people in society. In reality, multi-classroom public schools are a fairly recent educational development which became popular as more and more men went away from home to work.
Studies conducted during the past 25 years have consistently shown that students who are schooled at home score significantly higher on standardized tests than their public-schooled counterparts. Information found in the "Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Academic Achievement and Demographics" (click here) commissioned by the HSLDA further verifies that homeschoolers are academically successful.
Another area of potential concern for those considering the homeschool option is "socialization". A study released by the Frasier Institute (Vancouver, Canada) titled "Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream", in addition to discussing the educational benefits, clearly demonstrates that homeschooled children actively participate in activites outside the home. The report states, "According to Prof. Thomas C. Smedley’s personal interaction and communications research, home schooled students are more mature and better socialized than are those sent to either public or private school." This should dispell the myth that homeschooled children are not "socialized." (click here to read the report)
As you will discover, there are numerous activities for your children in the Kalamazoo area.
That said, Michigan, and in particular the greater Kalamazoo area, is a great place to homeschool your children. To learn more about homeschooling in this area, please click the Next link found at the top of this page.