The 003 Blog (Fall 2006)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Home Schooling

In our reading/writing textbook, we have been reading about home schooling. This means that children are taught at home, by their parent(s), rather than being sent to a regular school. Today we were fortunate to be visited by Michelle C., who is home schooling her three children, ages 6, 9, and 11.

After a brief introduction to home schooling in general, most of the hour was devoted to Q&A. On Monday, the students had brainstormed the questions that they wanted to ask during a text chat at Tapped In. I made up a list of questions from the chatlog, and we practiced asking them in class yesterday and today. Practice makes perfect: every student asked at least one question, and most of the questions were grammatically correct and understandable.

We learned that not everyone home schools for the same reasons or in the same way. There are organizations, such as the Cedarbrook Academy, that support home schoolers with materials, field trips, support groups, and administrative work. There are many materials published especially for home schoolers to choose from. Children who are home schooled learn the same things as other children; they can receive certificates of school completion and even high school diplomas, and they are eligible to apply to universities.

Thanks to Michelle for her excellent presentation, and to Jeremy, Maureen, and Jason for being so well-behaved!


  • I got more information about home schooling from Mrs. C.. Especially from her personal experience, it’s more real than just only read from a book or a article. All of classmates asked her at least on question. I thought that everyone was curious about home schooling, so did I. I think it is difficult for me if I home schooling my child. But, Mrs. C. does the best work in home schooling. I admire her for her own motion and effort.

    By Blogger Jenniferho, at 10:01 PM  

  • I enjoyed reading about home schooling because I've only heard of that term on the article of Seventeen magazine. Also, as far as I know, the Japanese are not familiar with home schooling very much. So I was interested in the differences between going to a regular school and home schooling, and your post helped me understand them!

    By Blogger Hiromi, at 11:20 AM  

  • Hi ,

    I think the home schooling is a good idea for the kids, but not for the teenager

    By Blogger saoud, at 11:39 AM  

  • We spent good time with Michilli. I hope to meet some people like Michilli to get some information about home schooling.

    By Blogger M-alkaabi, at 11:44 AM  

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