Expert: Many parents considering homeschooling option this year

Expert: Many parents considering homeschooling option this year

The pandemic is causing many school leaders to change back to school reopening plans. While parents weigh their options of whether to send their child back to class, experts tell WHIO that many families are considering homeschooling.

News Center 7′s Katy Andersen spoke with Lisa Cox, owner of School Solutions in Huber Heights.

“We are actually experiencing an avalanche of people who are looking to looking to homeschool this school year,” Cox said.

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Cox has provided homeschooling services to families for nearly 20 years. She said she’s experienced many parents who are overwhelmed as they decide if they want to send their child back to school this fall.

“So they don’t have to concern themselves with all of the different changes and exposure to so many people,” Cox explained. “There’s lots of reasons to homeschool this year that were in place before the pandemic.”

Cox said it’s important parents know homeschooling is different than online learning, which most schools are offering this year because of COVID-19.

“It’s a different school model, if they no longer want the oversight and they can go off and do it on their own,” Cox said.”If they still want the accountability from the state, they can stay and do the online option.”

She said if parents are looking to make the switch, there’s manyhelpful resources including websites, books and social media groups.

“You can get books, get reading, math, science, history - open it up and do a lesson,” Cox explained. “Someone else has already done that hard thinking for you.”

Cox offered some advice to parents who are considering homeschooling their child this year:

• Homeschooling does not have to look like school

• Keep an eye on your child to make sure they do not become bored or overwhelmed by the curriculum

• Remember kids usually move at a faster pace when learning one-on-one

“Leave time to explore and do what we called the ‘school,’” Cox said. “You have to get out of the how many minutes, how many hours mindset and just build that relationship, and reconnect with your child again.”

Cox said there are many resources for parents and students who are considering homeschooling an as option. One website she recommended is www.ohiohomeschoolingparents.com.