It seems that the Alabama public school system has caught on to the mad success of the home schooled group. They now offer homeschooling through the public school system. And the hook, it’s absolutely free!
My kids were schooled at home for a short period of time. My oldest child has learning difficulties and we thought it best to teach him at home through middle school. We were committed to do whatever it took to help him succeed. But honestly, by the end of middle school we were happy to have the public school system to take the lead.
While preparing to homeschool we attended several conferences and met with various support groups. We rubbed elbows with homeschool families in many arenas. The all had things in common as well as differences. Not all, but most, many, had a disdain for public school. Public school, with its rules and boundaries and limitations due to class size and worldly influences, was the shining example of all they did not want to be. Again, not all, but most, many held and voiced the view that public school was the opposite of homeschool.
Oh, the irony. It seems that the public school system has caught on to the mad success of the home schooled group. Public school, in an attempt to share its standards of education with families who choose to stay home, is publicizing the K12 Home School Plan where students can homeschool through the public school system. And the hook, it’s absolutely free!
Personally, I think it is a fantastic idea. For families that need homeschooling for a short period of time, like ours, and especially for students who have illnesses that keep them out of the classroom periodically. In this case, they can step out, yet stay on track by following the same curriculum at home. And when all is better, life circumstances improve and health allows, they can return to the classroom setting having kept pace with the same lessons as the public classroom.
We spent a great deal of time trying to find the group that satisfied our goals and needs and even more time selecting the right curriculum. Tuition costs vary according to the level of support provided by the umbrella school, but most cost money to secure legal backing, reporting to the state and grading support. We would have saved money. This is yet one more reason that I am wildly crazy about the idea of homeschooling via public school. My window has closed by I am thankful this option is available to students and families. Who would have ever thought? I guess opposites aren’t opposite any longer.