Home School at Forest Charter School
Nurturing the Love of Learning through Personalized Education
Forest Charter School supports parents who choose to home school their children and believes that quality education can happen at home. Parents and students work side-by-side with a highly qualified, California Credentialed Supervising Teacher (ST) to develop a program that supports the interests, talents and goals of every child. Parents are actively involved in the education of their students. The Supervising Teacher provides guidance as needed in the areas of curriculum choice, personal learning styles, California content standards by grade level, and academic support. Parents and students meet with their ST regularly to receive support and review student learning. Various program options are provided by FCS to support home school families:
Home School Enrichment Options and Student Service Options
- Tutoring Options
- Special Education Services
The Home School Decision
Time commitment - Homeschooling tends to take up a lot of time in your day. It is more than just sitting down with books for a couple of hours. There are experiments and projects to be done, lessons to prepare, papers to grade, field trips, park days, music lessons, and the list goes on.
Personal sacrifice - The homeschool parent has little personal time or time alone. If care is not taken to set aside time for yourself, it is easy to never have time alone.
Financial strain - Homeschooling can be accomplished very inexpensively; however, it usually requires that the teaching parent will not be working out of the home. Some sacrifices will need to be made if the family is used to two incomes.
Socialization - More attention will need to be given to getting your children together with others. The beauty of homeschooling is being able to have more control of the social contacts your child makes.
Household Organization- Housework and laundry still have to be done, but it probably won't get done first thing in the morning. If you’re a stickler for a spotless house, you might be in for a surprise. Not only does housework need to be let go at times, but homeschooling creates messes and clutter in itself.
Both parents in agreement - It is important that both parents agree to try homeschooling. It is very difficult to homeschool if one parent is against it. If your spouse is against it at this time, try doing more research and talking to more people.
Is your child willing? - A willing student is always helpful. Ultimately, the decision is the parents to make, but if your child is dead against it, you might have a hard time of it.
One year at a time - It isn't a lifetime commitment - most families take one year at a time.
Intimidated by the teaching? - If you can read and write, you should be able to teach your children. The curriculum, your FCS Supervising Teacher and teacher materials will help through the planning and teaching. Get help from others if you get stuck or hire tutors for the difficult subjects.