- Nov. 9, 2021
-- According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 36 percent of homeschooling parents homeschool for religious reasons in the US. Some 21 percent of parents homeschool out of concern for their child's school environment, while 17 percent make this choice out of dissatisfaction with the academic offerings available to their child (NCES). The remaining percentage have personal reasons, but the overarching theme remains that parents want to take their child's education into their own hands. Regardless of one's reason for homeschooling, technology is the fastest-growing resource parents flock to for assistance. Using technological resources allows parents to choose curricula that align with their belief system or educational philosophies. "Our goal at The Old Schoolhouse®
is to meet parents where they are," reassures publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
Gena Suarez. "We began with a magazine, created an educational platform, and now we continue to develop online resources to meet the demand of the homeschooling community. As a decidedly Christian company, we want to continue to provide quality Christian resources that are easily accessible online."
The following list includes quick and easy tech hacks for homeschoolers, all included in a membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com
For parents whose libraries have canceled storytime due to the pandemic or those looking for a storytime with a conservative worldview, SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers a free storytime and show-and-tell for members with preschoolers.Online Coffee Breaks
Homeschooling moms may not have the luxury to visit with other moms at a local coffee shop during traditional school hours. Still, they do have the option to meet virtually with like-minded moms through online possibilities available such as the Hey, Mama!
Members' Lounge or Bright Spot Chat.Educational Apps
Parents looking to research relevant homeschooling topics on the fly can grab the free The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
) and search for anything homeschool-related, from special needs homeschooling to co-op ideas.Printable Worksheets
Curriculum does not have to be expensive. Homeschooling worksheets are a valuable and budget-friendly option for the parent willing to spend a little time printing.About The Old Schoolhouse®
The Old Schoolhouse®
is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse®
, supports over 9,000 member families with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse®
is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.