There are numerous questions that prospective homeschoolers often ask. Here are a few of those Frequently Asked Questions with answers:
Q: Can I homeschool my child?
A: YES! Regardless of your level of education you can homeschool your child. The only pre-requisite is the desire to see your child succeed.
Q: How do I get started?
A: You need to read what the state of Alabama says about schooling your child at home. There are different options to choose from.
Pathways is a cover school and it is no longer a legal requirement to have a cover school. (But there are numerous benefits to using one!)
Please do not listen to what someone else tells you about what the law requires. Each of us need to have a personal understanding of what is required of us.
Once you have decided your legal avenue it is time to find your curriculum.
Q: How do I know which curriculum to use?
A: I would suggest looking online at several different curriculums designed for homeschoolers. There are so many to choose from it may seem like an impossible task, but hang in there!
It is hard to recommend what will work for your child without knowing your child and what type of learner they are, but there are resources for everything homeschool related.
One excellent resource is Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 Picks.
Most curricula have numerous sample pages for you to view and get a feel of to see if it will work for you and your child.
You may want to come look through our Book Room to view some in person.
Q: What about socialization?
A: Oh my goodness. The dreaded question homeschoolers get the most! There are so many more opportunities for your child to socialize when they are not behind closed doors 180 days out of the year. Take them to the park, join a co-op, go to the museum, join a service club, sign up to play a sport, or dance, gymnastics, etc. There are more opportunities to socialize than you can possibly attend. Your child will be living and interacting in the real world instead of learning about it in a classroom.
Q: Is it expensive?
A: It can be if you let it. It can also be free if you work at it. Again, there are so many resources available, it is possible to homeschool completely free.
It is also possible to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars each year. It all depends on you.
Q: Why would I use a cover school like Pathways?
A: Pathways requires so little from each family but offers so much. For more about what we offer check out our About Us section on this website.
Q: Who provides the curriculum I use?
A: You do. You decide what you want your child to learn and which book, computer program, etc., you will use. If you end up not liking it you can simply choose something else. Just keep your child interested and learning.
Q: What if homeschooling is not for us?
A: That is the case for some families, and there is no judgement from us. As long as you are doing what is best for your child we are happy to help you any way we can. For some that is re-enrolling in public school.
The main thing to know is that it is common practice for public schools to test your child to make sure they are performing on the level they should be.
Q: Can my child still play a sport at the public high school?
A: Absolutely and we can help you navigate that.
****For additional information, please see our About US section.****