The Homeschool Report 2017 is a homeschooling research study conducted by MKOR Consulting for Wisdom Ninja, between the 20th of December 2016 and 15th of February 2017. The survey was promoted in homeschooling communities, gathering more than 1506 respondents from all over the world.
Our journey so far, as a community of parents and bloggers, proved to be a continuous learning. At some point, we noticed that homeschooling is a hot topic among parenting groups.
Thus, questions came up.
- Why homeschooling?
- Why do so many parents choose it?
- Who are those parents?
- Which are the most used curricula?
- What are the top reasons to school at home? Homeschooling pros and cons.
- What are the top homeschooling styles?
- What are the most used online resources for homeschooling?
- What about socialization? Do homeschoolers socialize?
In a matter of days, with the expertise of our partners and friends at MKOR Consulting, we’ve set up a survey that would answer our questions and many more. You can download the research paper by clicking The Homeschooling Research Report 2017 .
Previous research on homeschooling did not touch base on some of the simple concepts. This is the first international study that tries to shed some light into homeschooler’s life.
By obtaining facts from those who school at home, the paper provides a better understanding and setting to the purpose and function of homeschooling.
The key findings show that parents make decisions based on individual circumstances and needs.
The research paper explores the many forms of homeschooling that parents around the world opt for and queries the parents’ level of satisfaction towards their options.
Through many questions, this paper addresses the most common topics related to homeschooling, such as benefits and setbacks of this type of education, now adopted by millions of families around the world.
Furthermore, the study looks at deeper implications of this type of education, such as socialization and parental educational levels.
Although every home education experience is unique, some homeschooling “styles” have become very popular.
Most homeschoolers do not follow one style or approach. When asked about their chosen homeschool style, Relaxed/Eclectic Homeschooling took the first spot, with 37% of all the responses.
Charlotte Mason and Unschooling took the 2nd and the 3rd spots, each with a 12% rate.
Download the full research report and get access to everything that we’ve surveyed our respondents. It’s filled with awesome statistics about home schoolers and heart-melting stories.
Why Do Parents Homeschool?
According to our study, one of the main reasons for which parents choose to homeschool is the need to provide a better learning experience for the child.
More than one-quarter of the respondents are happy to have chosen to homeschool. They can spend more quality time together with their children, creating better and meaningful relationships.
The flexibility and possibility to let the children learn at their own pace is also considered to be an important benefit of homeschooling.
Hours Spent Educating at Home
Anywhere between 1 and 4 hours per day is enough time to homeschool for 72% of the respondents.
Yet, a significant number of parents mentioned that they don’t follow a precise schedule. Learning relates to each child’s age and abilities.
For unschoolers, education is a lifestyle and learning opportunities are everywhere.
Top Homeschooling Resources
Educational games and Textbooks are the most frequent resources for homeschooling. 18% of the respondents say they use such materials to teach their children.
17% use different printable materials found on the Internet, to complete homeschooling activities.
Online curriculums are also used by 16% of the parents.
The paper details all the answers received, gathering statistics about the top educational games, top textbooks, living books and online curriculums.
The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
The main benefits of homeschooling are the same as the top reasons that made the respondents start homeschooling. This can be a sign that their expectations are met and homeschooling is proving to be a good choice.
More than one quarter of the respondents that took part in this research consider that the biggest benefit home education is that it allows families to spend time together. This leads to family bonding, better parent-child relationships and the possibility to teach children about values and morals.
When asked about the setbacks of schooling at home, 16% of the respondents consider that there aren’t any, they see only benefits.
Most respondents see homeschooling as very time-consuming. 21% of them consider it is difficult to find a good balance between work, housekeeping and teaching. Limited personal time is an issue for 8% of the respondents.
Lack of social and academic interaction of children that are being homeschooled is the second important aspect for 14% of the respondents, while limited financial resources is another important setback (19%).
Download the complete PDF to access all the data, it’s free! Inside you’ll get to see the full results of this research study and lots of great stories from people that practice homeschooling.
Why Do Parents Stop Homeschooling?
Half of the respondents who homeschooled their children reported that they were successful in their endeavors.
They stopped homeschooling either because their children graduated (31%), went to High School or College (13%) or grew up (6%). That means the 50% of those who don’t homeschool anymore have “graduated” from home education.
There is nothing mysterious about a diploma issued by a homeschool. As the administrator of your school, parents get to set the requirements for graduation. When they determine that the children have met the requirements, they can issue a diploma to certify that fact.
Home School Legal Defense Association states the following:
A high school diploma is a document that bears record of the completion of a course of study. If you’re wondering whether your homeschooled student can receive a diploma, the answer is yes!
As the parent, you’ve prescribed your child’s course of study and you can present a diploma that indicates he has successfully completed it. Some correspondence schools also provide diplomas for completion of their course of study. You can purchase a personalized high school diploma from the HSLDA store.
We did not ask if parents gave diplomas to their graduates. Let us know in the comments below if you participated in the study and you’ve awarded diplomas to your graduates.
We’ve asked the respondents of the study to Tell us a short inspirational / funny / sad story related to homeschooling. The responses that we received are phenomenal.
Here are a few of them, the final homeschooling research paper contains 60 pages of heart-warming stories from people that homeschool.
- Katrina from AU, 2 children: My son is so interested in everything and highly motivated to learn topics thoroughly. He has been known to wake-up, eat his breakfast, stretch and say “Right Mum! Today I would like to draw the Solar System.” He proceeded to do this, labeling and coloring each planet in order of their orbit, then tested me on their composition, distance from the sun, relationship with earth etc, at least one fact for each planet.
- Anna from the USA, 4 children: I threatened them I was going to send them to school last week. I thought I was serious and started protesting. It was funny seeing there reaction but I Honestly loved the feedback it gave me.
- Kelly from AU, 5 children: At 12, my eldest daughter is learning Latin, doing university level courses in history and science, setting up an online ecourse business, and can sew, cook, crochet, bead, garden and dye like a pro. The time that homeschooling has given her to follow and develop her interests has allowed the time to learn all of that at a young age.
- Rubria from the USA, 1 child: Home schooling/Unschooling my daughter has been the most beautiful and meaningful learning experience for me. Slowly but surely, we are both getting to know each other at a level I never imagined possible. I am breaking patterns and paradigms imposed by the education system I was put through as a child. I see a naturally happy, curious, inquisitive child enjoying every day at her own pace, learning everything she “should” know for a child her age and much much more!
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We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that helped get our survey across their audience. This research study could not have been completed without their help.
Most of these people are running homeschooling blogs and online resources that support others. Here they are (in no particular order):
- Crystal McClean from Castle View Academy
- Kelly George from Fearless Homeschool
- Tamara Kelly, the president of Home Education Association Australia
- Ana Willis from They Call Me Blessed
- Carolyn Wilhelm from The Wise Owl Factory
- Amy Dingmann from The Hmmmschooling Mom
- Erin from Seven Little Australians
- Amy Milcic from Rock Your Homeschool
- Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now
- Michelle Cannon from Heart Of Michelle
- Lee Giles from Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool
- Lara Molettiere from Everyday Graces
- Jennifer Mackinnon from Practical By Default
- KT Brison from Lit Mama Homeschool
- Kris Bales from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- Ann Zeise from A2Z Home’s Cool
- Sara from Happiness is Here
- Lee Binz from The HomeScholar
- Bonnie Way from Koala Mom Blog
- Misty Leask from Year Round Homeschooling
- Heather Bowen from Life of a Homeschool Mom
- Julie Gilbert from Homeschooling Ideas
- Demeria Zinga from Christian Homeschool Moms
- Jolanthe Erb from Homeschool Creations
- Purva Brown from Purva Brown
- Coalition for Responsible Home Education
- Beth Napoli from Techie Homeschool Mom
- Lisa Marie Fletcher from The Canadian Homeschooler
- Lindsey Whitney from Growing Kids Ministry
- Ka and Katie from The Sundance Family
- Liesha Ann B from Crossing Over to Homeschooling
- Alicia Toore from Homeschooling Pagan Momma
- Beverly Paine from The Educating Parent
- Jennifer Myers from Dear Homeschooler
- Jennifer Lynn from Acellus Homeschooling Parents
- Kim from Love, Mrs Mommy
- HSC Homeschool Association of California Discussion Group
- California Homeschool Network
- Jen from Practical, by Default