Did you know that the number of parents choosing to homeschool their children in the United States has been steadily rising in the last ten years?
There are many reasons why parents choose to homeschool. These reasons may be very personal or simply because you feel that you can offer your child a better education. Whatever your reason, the decision can be one of the most difficult you will ever make as a parent.
No matter how resolute you are in your decision to homeschool, challenges still remain. Two of the most common fears of parents that homeschool is that their child will miss out on socialization that comes with being in a classroom and the fear of “curriculum gaps”. Well, fear no more--there are many convenient and affordable homeschool resources available for those who homeschool. We’ve created a list of the top 5 best homeschool resources in the Lancaster and Reading, PA areas to help you be successful.
Snapology of Lancaster-Reading’s play-based S.T.E.A.M. education programs are perfect for homeschooling and homeschool co-ops. Snapology focuses on combining learning with fun and promotes a great environment for your homeschooled child to socialize with other children. Snapology offers a variety of programs for different age brackets, you can find their class catalogue here. Snapology can create a class to bring to your homeschool co-op or you can enroll your child in one of their open classes at a location in the community.
A great online and mobile app homeschool resource is Xtra Math. Xtra Math is a non-profit organization that offers FREE math videos, tutorials, lessons, and activities as well as progress reports of your child’s progression. Xtra Math also offers a variety of resources for teachers and parents to better help their child with more in-depth lessons.
Teaching your child a foreign language while being homeschooled can be quite the task, especially when you as the parent and teacher do not know another language and hiring a foreign language tutor can be quite costly. With Duolingo, a FREE mobile app, your child can learn foreign languages through the use of videos, games and informational lessons. Languages include: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and English.
Lancaster Public Library is a great resource to utilize when homeschooling your child. Libraries offer a seemingly endless amount of knowledge and education through books, educational movies, music, games, technology, and programs. Taking your child to the library also opens the door for socializing with other students as well. Obtaining a library pass is quite simple and cost-efficient making it a go-to resource for parents that homeschool.
From time to time sometimes as parents we need extra help in educating our children on certain subjects that we are not masters of. A convenient homeschool resource for this is the Sylvan Learning Center of the Lancaster area. Sylvan Learning Center of Lancaster offers one on one tutoring services for a variety of subjects, test prep, and so much more in the comfort and convenience of your own home. This is a very convenient way for your child to get extra help or more knowledge on many different subjects while socializing with other students.