Homeschooling
Why?
I chose homeschooling because my cousin is being homeschool, and I realized I don't know very much about it. I'm interested to find out why people choose to do it, the effectiveness, and how the students feel about it.

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Top 5 Things I Learned
Thing 1
In Oregon, you have ten days from the withdrawal of the student to let the local education district know that you plan to homeschool. They must partake in state testing in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10.

Thing 2
The number of children that are homeschool is over 1.5 million!

Thing 3
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Thing 4
There are schools for children who are homeschool. They are able to take classes that their parents may not feel able to teach. They often offer extra curricular's such as music or home ec.

Thing 5
Kids who are homeschooled like it!

Resource 1
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/29/why-urban-educated-parents-are-turning-to-diy-education.html
This is a super interesting news article about urban homeschooling and why it has become more popular recently.

Resource 2
http://www.nheri.org/
This is a great website that has a lot of information about homeschooling. It gives facts, statistics, resources for families, news, up and coming research, and much more. It is actually based in Salem, Oregon.
"It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years"
"The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests."


Resource 3
http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=74
Since we live in Oregon, I figured that it would be important to find out the laws regarding homeschooling here.

Resource 4

This is Tim Hawkins, a stand up comedian who home schools his own children. I think this is just a funny little clip!

Resource 5
http://www.naturemoms.com/homeschool-and-college-acceptance.html
This is a short article about how homeschoolers need to apply to colleges. As they often don't have transcripts and diploma they need other ways to show their journey through school, which may be a GED or an essay. The number of students who are homeschool that are going to college is on the rise!

Resource 6
http://www.khanacademy.org/
This is an website that features online lessons on all sorts of different subjects. This is a great resource for homeschoolers!

Resource 7
http://www.homeschoolnewslink.com/blog/?p=629
This is an article about the issue of socialization. Many worry that their child will not develop adequate social skills due to the fact that they are not around other children as often. However, as I pointed out earlier there are many opportunities for them to socialize. But this article points out that homeschooled children aren't "normal" but still know how to function well in society.

Resource 8