Homeschooling is definitely trending in 2023, but usually when we are chatting about homeschool trends, it’s all about the numbers.
I call this the Homeschooling Conspiracy – the idea that if you just “join the numbers because they’re rising” the education will take care of itself.
Because, after all – if over 3 million children are homeschooled in the United States alone, it can’t be that hard, right? 😉
Homeschooling in general is obviously becoming more popular (as we will see in the details below), but the homeschool trends they don’t talk about are the ones that matter most… to me anyway.
More and more mamas are gaining confidence to care for their children in more ways than they ever have. 🤩
As mamas, we’re rising up – taking control of our kids’ health, their well-being, and their education.
Maybe you’ve found this glimmer of hope on the internet, in the form of a blog post, because you’re ready to jump into homeschooling in 2023!
But with anything parenting-related, you might be overcome with homeschool doubts and fears.
Homeschooling is a BIG decision. And I don’t want doubts and fears and “what if’s” cost you an epic homeschooling journey with your kids.
So, in this post, I’m going to dig into some of the hot stats about homeschooling in 2023. As well as give you some doubt-squashing advice + tips so that you can finally get on track to starting a homeschool that brings you joy!
We’ve got a saying around here – If homeschooling however the heck we want is wrong, we don’t want to be right. #sorrynotsorry
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Now before we dive in, if you’ve made the decision to homeschool — CONGRATS! 🎉
Most homeschool families are more than satisfied with a homeschool that lives to just check off the educational box for the day, but you being here tells me that you want something more.
Which, checking off that box is a bear of an undertaking in and of itself, I know. But who wants to just live in that rinse + repeat lifestyle? I want more. You want more. Let’s make it MORE.
Just for fun, let’s take a look at some recent homeschool trends!
Homeschooling has become increasingly popular over the past decade, and it’s no wonder why!
With the ability to tailor learning to each student’s needs, the convenience of doing school from the comfort of your own home, and the flexibility to take advantage of unique educational opportunities, homeschooling has many benefits.
Check out these homeschool trends!
One of the homeschool trends that has been growing in popularity is the use of online learning resources. With so many online programs available, homeschoolers are able to access high-quality instruction from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you’re interested in a full curriculum or just a few lessons, there is something out there to meet your needs. Additionally, many online learning resources can be tailored to fit each student’s individual learning style.
Another of the homeschool trends that has been gaining traction within the homeschool community is the use of hands-on learning. This type of learning provides students with a more engaging and meaningful way to learn. Instead of sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture, homeschoolers can explore their interests in a more creative way. This could be through field trips, hands-on activities, or even creative writing. This type of learning is beneficial because it allows students to develop their knowledge and skills in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Finally, the biggest of the homeschool trends (imo!), many homeschoolers are taking advantage of the flexibility that homeschooling offers. With the ability to plan their own schedule, students can plan their days around activities that interest them. This could be anything from playing a sport to exploring a hobby. With this flexibility, homeschoolers are able to pursue their passions and gain valuable skills that can help them later in life.
Homeschooling is an amazing opportunity for families to customize their learning experience and give their children the best education possible. By taking advantage of the trends in homeschooling, your family can make the most out of this opportunity.
According to the US Census Bureau, the number of homeschoolers in the United States has more than doubled within the last 20 years.
In 2021, it is estimated that over 3 million children in the United States alone were homeschooled.
- Most states do not require homeschool registration until age 7 – So this number does not even include most kindergarten and preschool-aged kids.
- The Census questionnaire asked if families had children in public school, private school, or homeschool — But there are some states that consider homeschool a private school, so there very well could be even more homeschooled children, depending on if their parents checked the private school option or not!
So homeschooling is on the rise, we get it.
But what you’re probably asking yourself is: Can I do this?
Buckle up, mama. We’re about to squash some of those homeschooling fears and doubts!
Homeschooling is becoming increasingly popular among parents who want to provide their children with a quality education. It is a great way to ensure that your children receive the attention and education that they need and deserve.
Homeschooling can be a rewarding experience for both parents and children, as it allows for a more personalized learning experience. With the right resources, anyone can homeschool their child.
Homeschooling requires a great deal of dedication and commitment from both parents and children, but the rewards are worth it.
Parents should ensure that they are well-equipped with the necessary resources, such as curriculum and teaching materials, before beginning a homeschooling journey. There are plenty of online and offline resources that can help parents create an effective homeschooling plan.
The first step to homeschooling is to set a schedule and curriculum that works for both the parents and children.
Parents should also decide on a learning environment that is comfortable and conducive to learning. Setting aside a dedicated space in the home, such as a study room or library, can help create a more focused learning environment.
Parents should also make sure to create a routine that works for their children.
This includes setting aside time for both school and play. Parents should also take into account their children’s individual learning styles and abilities when creating a homeschooling schedule.
I know it’s probably easier said than done, but considering these hot homeschool stats, with the amount of families out there in the world taking their children’s education in their own hands, you can totally feel confident that you also have something to bring to the table for your child’s education!
Here’s the traditional homeschooling idea: Homeschooling is for the conservative, sheep-herdin’, food-growin’ families.
My fresh take? That couldn’t be further from the truth – homeschooling is for everyone. It can work with any schedule, any person, you just have to want to do it and be willing to put your child’s education before your own comfort.
Homeschool.com supports the idea that anyone can homeschool their children by simply listing the facts regarding homeschool teacher qualifications in the US.
Currently, there are only 11 states that require a minimal education requirement for parents wishing to homeschool. Most of which are simply making sure the parents completed High School themselves, or received a GED.
And six of these 11 states actually allow parents without a high school diploma or GED to homeschool under certain conditions. 😀
— Dear Public School,
So many mamas out there allow their fears and doubts about homeschooling crush their gut feeling to pull their kids from public school and start the adventure.
They worry that they aren’t smart enough to teach. And that’s one of the homeschool trends we’ve got to kick to the curb!
Shelley is a homeschool mama and in this interview she talks about parents having the ability to homeschool their kids, even without a teaching background.
She points out that a lot of the homeschool curriculum out there is self-guided or even scripted, so that makes teaching and learning much more simple!
Additionally, one of the biggest questions I get asked often is, “How will I teach my child everything they need to know?”
I love this quote from John Holt that acknowledges that education is more than just learning math facts + vocabulary:
“It’s not that I feel that school is a good idea gone wrong, but a wrong idea from the word go. It’s a nutty notion that we can have a place where nothing but learning happens, cut off from the rest of life.” 🥰
Katy is a homeschool mama of four and I love what she says about overcoming homeschool fears.
Katy shared that when she first started homeschooling, she was so overwhelmed and had no idea where to start. She doubted herself daily and tried to talk herself out of homeschooling on multiple occasions.
One of the ways she’s overcome this thought pattern, which every homeschool mom experiences – by the way, is by identifying her purpose. You can read more about her story here.
You see, making the decision to homeschool isn’t just about doing school at home or deciding based on homeschool trends. It’s more than good grades and memorizing significant dates in history.
Here are more homeschool trends!
Homeschooling is raising a child wholly.
We don’t focus on learning facts for the sake of completing a workbook. This is real-life preparation for becoming a human who is capable of changing the world.
Life is a HUGE part of education – and that’s something that is often missed in a public school setting.
Like Katy, your purpose will outweigh every doubt or fear you have about fully educating your child. You just have to find what it is.
Hey! I cover all of the soul-searching, mission-finding, purpose-mining steps inside the Start Your Homeschool course. 🙋🏽♀️
You can click here to check it out, because you’re going to want to nail down your purpose so that you can continue to show up confidently in your homeschool as you move further into your journey!
Now, we can’t close out this epic blog post about homeschool trends, homeschool fears, and how to create a homeschool from a place of joy, without discussing the other major worry new homeschooling families often have…
And that’s, “Where will I get support?”
New homeschool families have a LOT of questions. They need support, accountability, and reminders that they are doing amazing! 😀
Heck… Even veteran homeschool mamas need all that!
When you make a commitment to homeschooling, there’s no way to be “alone” in the homeschooling community!
There’s hardly a week that goes by that I don’t set my freshly-popped, icy Pepsi Zero down on my desk, open an email or message, and see a mama sharing her loneliness with me.
It’s one of the reasons I chose to create the Homeschool Mama Academy – for community.
Finding support + camaraderie while you’re homeschooling can be a struggle – especially if you’d rather sit at home in cozy pjs, mindlessly scrolling Instagram with an episode of The King Of Queens on in the background.
But listen, Homeschool Support Groups can be beautiful!
There are so many different kinds of support groups out there- there’s in-person communities, online communities (like the Homeschool Mama Academy)… but I love these 5 reasons to join one:
- When you are a part of a support group, you realize you are not alone in your journey.
- Support groups give you a way to share your feelings with like-minded mamas.
- When you join a group like the Academy, you get access to a lot of helpful information to support your homeschool.
- Support + encouragement from others on the same journey gives you hope… Especially in the tough seasons.
- Joining a group is guaranteed to reduce your stress as a homeschool teacher + mama… I dare you to jump into this community and not make a new homeschooling BFF or laugh until you cry happy tears.
Kicking traditional homeschooling to the curb with these homeschool trends!
One of the BEST homeschool trends??? Joining the Homeschool Mama Academy! It’s full of the most incredible homeschool mamas in the world!
I’m not bias or anything 😉
I’ve seen such a big shift in the overall camaraderie of homeschooling, just by providing a space for like-minded mamas to connect. Click here to get all the details and join us!
You just learned that homeschooling is becoming more popular and you absolutely have what it takes to homeschool your children!
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Now that you know you are absolutely capable of taking your child’s education into your own hands, and are all up to speed on the 2023 homeschool trends, here’s a few more details about actually homeschooling!
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