Are Homeschoolers Changing?

Recently, I attended one of the annual homeschool conferences that I always attend. In the last several years, it has been impossible not to notice a changing “typical homeschooler.” However at this conference this summer, I have to admit that I saw and had conversations with people who would never have attended a homeschooling conference in previous years. Clearly the patterns are changing, and there are some interesting shifts that seem to be going on.

One of the most obvious trends at this conference was that there were many, many first time homeschoolers who were there as a result of incidents or events which have caused them to leave public schools in their areas. Not everyone shared the event or reason for the change, but many of them indicated that homeschooling had never been in their plans until very recently. This also meant that they knew little about how to get started, what the “rules” are, where to go for help, and as a result, many attendees had a glazed-over look to their faces.

As homeschoolers, we must remember that we were like that once, too. There was a time when we did not have any answers, and only had questions. There was confusion on our faces, too, but someone came along to help. Someone befriended us in the process and began to point us towards answers, or better yet, possibilities. That is one of the fundamental truths of homeschooling – there are always options, possibilities, and flexible ways to get there.

If you know someone who is just beginning this journey, be sure to take them under your wings and give them your guidance. Both the success stories and the failures are worth sharing, as veteran homeschoolers have all learned much through both types of homeschooling choices.

I was so encouraged by the people who attended this last conference and so excited by their enthusiasm. It’s contagious and refreshing. But never being one to let things just sit without reflection, I have decided to do some additional research and I am calling on all homeschoolers to help. Directly related to some of the conversations that I had, I have created a short questionnaire that I hope you will take a moment to complete. If we take a fresh “snapshot” of our changing homeschooling community, not only will we find refreshment and encouragement, but we will also find validation in what we have known for some time – homeschooling is an excellent, viable choice for education that is on the rise, and gaining credibility in larger and larger circles.

To join in on this questionnaire, click here, and then share this link with your friends. I will be sharing the cumulative results in future articles.


Mrs. Camille Rodriquez is a wife and mother, with experience as a pastor’s wife for more than a decade and as a homeschool mom for almost 20 years. Visit her website at National Homeschool Academy.

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Mrs. Camille Rodriquez is a wife, mother, and author with experience as a pastor's wife for more than a decade and as a homeschool mom for almost 20 years. She has been an educator in their home, in a private school, and more recently as a pioneer in a learning system that prepares students to be fully equipped for entering secondary education. Camille has spoken at homeschool conferences, and helped other homeschool families with their programs and curricula. Camille has led numerous Bible studies for women, including Marriage and Parenting classes with her pastor-husband. Her first book, "When I Die - On Being, Living, and Having the Last Word," is a Christian devotional that looks at living an intenional life now - long before ours comes to an end. It's available wherever books are sold.


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