The Homeschooling Option by Lisa Rivero

Title: The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It's Right for Your Family, Author: L. Rivero The Homeschooling Option.  Finished 7-18-20, 4.5/5, homeschool reference, 225 pages, pub. 2008

In this accessible and honest look at homeschooling, Lisa Rivero explores the diverse faces of homeschooled students and the ways in which it can help children with special learning needs. She corrects misconceptions through profiles of diverse families and addresses the changing and complex needs of children today. This book addresses the major questions parents are bound to have as they consider this option: socialization, curriculum, special needs arrangements, resources, and more.   from Goodreads

This book was a nice introduction to the concept of homeschooling.  It spoke directly to many of my concerns about socialization since Rivero and her husband taught their  only son at home (while they both had jobs for many of  the years).  It addressed the many different ways that parents use to teach their children and how there is no right way, only a right way for you.  It also offered a few resource lists, one of the books I ordered right away and feel much more confident because of it (Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Creative and Comprehensive Homeschool Curriculum by Rebecca Rupp).  There was a chapter on special needs and one showing you how to find the different rules of each state.  While every parent in every state is allowed to teach their child at home, each state has different requirements.  For Ohio you have to send a letter to the superintendent informing him and include an intended curriculum and source material.  I sent my letter and curriculum outline in yesterday.  They have two weeks to respond if they need additional information.  Fingers crossed I provided all that was required.

A good starting point if you are considering homeschooling in this crazy year.

9 thoughts on “The Homeschooling Option by Lisa Rivero

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I told Gage August 5th would be his first day. I’ll need at least that long to get everything organized! Oh, and yesterday we found out he has a hernia, so we’ve got to see a surgeon… 😦

  1. hmsgofita says:

    Good luck with homeschooling! It’s so tough. Thankfully, Gabe’s school has an online option this year that we’re going with. It’ll be different but I think it’ll work with his school. But if I had to I know we could homeschool on our own. So it’s nice to have that confidence and resources. I’ve got a few local friends who are going to keep their kids learning online as well. We’re planning on getting our kiddos together just to talk, etc. But with physical distancing in place. Good luck and lots of virtual hugs!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Our school had virtual too, but it was literally just sitting in front of the screen ALL DAY and watching his class be live streamed. I just couldn’t make him do it. Time will tell whether I made the right choice 🙂
      Getting together with other home learners will be our goal too once covid starts to get better, right now we’ve been having new record breaking days for almost a month now 😦 I’ll take all of the virtual hugs I can get. Right back at ya!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Thanks 🙂 The hernia news is just one more stress. Whole year’s been full of them. I got a surgeon name from two friends who both had good experiences with their kids who are younger than Gage. Fingers crossed.

  2. Mystica says:

    I had heard about homeschooling but never met anyone who had done it as it is unheard of in this part of the world. Interesting concept though school is just so much more than studies. But then that is my concept of school!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      My degree is in English Education so I’ve always been a cheerleader for public education. It wasn’t until it became obvious that Gage’s needs would be better met at a private school that I started familiarizing myself with the concept of homeschooling. I have a few friends who do it and they love it. School is about more than studies, but there are a lot of good opportunities out there for homeschoolers (programs at libraries, museums, parks that happen when other kids are at school and homeschool groups where kids get together for outings and classes). The U.S. has about 2 million homeschooled kids. We’ll see if the reality is a beneficial as I think it can be 🙂

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