I’m catching up on google alerts after a weekend of gardening. We found some nicely perfumed rhododendrons to put near the acorn-abundant oak in the front yard under which the grass is nearly dead from the acorns’ tannic acid. I’m hoping the rhododendrons thrive in the acorn patch because IÂ refuse to rake acorns all winter as well as in the fall.
When I first read this article in the alert, I thought I’d found one the other bloggers had missed, but then I caught the part they’d locked onto.
- Pueblo Business Journal, Peublo, Colorado, 31 March 2006, Homeschoolers support a range of businesses
First is the part I noticed: “The homeschooling market is a $650 million a year industry that offers a multitude of services – from books to curriculum planners – for families who chose to opt out of the traditional classroom.”
Next is the part I remember seeing elsewhere: “‘A general rule of thumb is that homeschooling costs more than public school, but less than private school,’ Kochenderfer said.”
As with many of the articles and papers discussing the number of homeschoolers in the country, the number in this article are probably ‘elastic’ as well. If I bought books while my kids were in school, then continued buying them while we were homeschooling, and then bought still more books after we ‘finished’ homeschooling, were only the books bought while homeschooling a ‘homeschool expense?’
Oh, yeah. The article about homeschoolers’ buying habits includes Da Rules.
- Required subjects include communication skills of reading, writing and speaking, mathematics, history, civics, literature, science and the Constitution of the United States.
Good to know that those homeschoolers aren’t getting away with anything.