Tammy at LWOS on how homeschooling parents ever manage to teach: Questions About Homeschooling from a Teacher
So, when we ourselves cannot teach our children how to do some things, we can, instead, find a way for those things to be learned in the world around us.
These links just popped up on HEM-Networking (hat tip to Lillian):
UWL Journal of Undergraduate Research, Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin — La Crosse, 2002, Socialization Skills in Home Schooled Children Versus Conventionally Schooled Children
This study uses the Social Skills Rating Scale to compare the social skills of twenty-three children, seven of which have been home- schooled, and sixteen of which have been publicly educated. Differences and similarities between the two groups were examined in relation to social skills. Results of the study indicate that home schooled children scored above average in relation to overall social skills while public schooled children scored average, as reported by parents in both groups. However, due to various limitations of the study, the results of the study cannot be generalized to the public as a whole.
Durham University, Durham, U.K., 2002, Home-Education: Rationales, Practices and Outcomes
The results show that 64% of the home-educated Reception aged children scored over 75% on their PIPS Baseline Assessments as opposed to 5.1% of children nationally. The National Literacy Project (Years 1,3,5) assessment results reveal that 80.4% of the home-educated children scored within the top 16% band (of a normal distribution bell curve), whilst 77.4% of the PIPS Year 2 home-educated cohort scored similarly. Results from the psychosocial instruments confirm the home-educated children were socially adept and without behavioural problems. Overall, the home-educated children demonstrated high levels of attainment and good social skills.
I’m working on the column deadline at the moment, so a detailed reading must wait. I posted quickly as I didn’t want the articles to slip from my mind.