[The following article was submitted to the Ashland Times Gazette editorials]
With the recent decision to reconfigure the city schools, the thought of home schooling your child(ren) may have crossed your mind. If it has, you may like to know that you are not the only one.
Moreover, you may like to know that the Ashland area has a thriving home school community that can assist both you and your child in this joyous endeavor.
For over 25 years hundreds of us have been bringing our children home to strengthen the family bond and provide the mental, emotional, and spiritual nurture our children need.
One of the benefits of this heritage is that a solid home school network has emerged. Our group, having a great deal of experience upon which to draw, is able to assist you in the transition to, and success in, home education.
The Ashland-Richland home school website (www.archenetwork.weebly.com) will reveal some of the vital resources that are available. To begin with, the site offers guidance on how to get started in home education. For instance, there are resources to help you navigate curriculum choices and state regulations.
The site will also show you some of the many educational opportunities available for home schoolers in our area. A few examples include our home school gym class, Spanish class, and public speaking and creative writing courses. Of course, we also enjoy many fun filled field trips, picnics, and play events throughout the year.
While you may still be hesitant, I can assure you that the rewards of home education far surpass the drawbacks. Some of the rewards include the ability to tailor your children’s education to fit their interests and particular learning style and set your own hours. The fact that kids can typically finish a whole day’s schooling in just 2-3 hours also appeals to them!
Above all, homeschooling fosters the relationship you have with your children. As you work and learn together the bond between you cannot help but be strengthened. The home will become the central focus of life and the family will have opportunity to interact on a deep and meaningful way on a daily basis.
In sum, home education is a terrific option for parents who find the recent reconfiguration problematic for their families. With all the support that is available, and given the benefits to be reaped, you may rest assured that it is most definitely a viable option.
If you would like to talk more about this option, please feel to contact me at email@example.com or 419-289-2552.
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