School districts across America are discussing how best to reopen for the upcoming school year with COVID being a worrisome threat to the health of students, teachers, and parents. In the last couple of weeks, school boards have been under fire as they try to set in place their guidelines to help keep everyone safe. However, as we all know, you cannot make everyone happy all of the time. For instance, according to a USA Today poll, one out of five teachers say they don’t see themselves returning to the profession because of the dangerous health issues associated with COVID.
Because of the uncertainty with COVID, parents are looking into making homeschooling a permanent part of their lives. At least, until there is a vaccine available that is proven to be effective.
Many parents received just a taste of homeschooling while their children were undergoing remote learning from March to May. Now, it has made them consider homeschooling, from here on out, a real possibility.
Homeschooling websites that offer curriculum and advice to parents are seeing a huge increase in traffic with some reporting a gain of more than 700 percent compared to this time last year. In the very near future, the number of children getting homeschooled could raise significantly. In 2019, it was estimated that 2.5 million children in the United States were homeschooled. What will the numbers be for the upcoming school year?
The Qualifications for Homeschooling in Illinois
Each state has its own requirements for homeschooling. Surprisingly, the qualifications are not that difficult to meet. As an example, if you are choosing to homeschool your children in the state of Illinois, you can essentially operate as a small private school out of your home. For instance, you do not have to contact state or local officials to let them know you are undertaking such a task.
Furthermore, parents do not need a specialized education allowing them to become their children’s teachers. Any parent with a high school education is said to be fine to teach their own children.
Plus, there are not any tests or other assessments that you must provide your children to submit to the state of Illinois. Still, it would be a good idea to give a couple of standardized exams just to see how your own children are doing compared to the rest of the state.
In addition, when homeschooling your children, you essentially create your own school hours. It is entirely up to you how much time your children commit to learning school subjects each day.
Know That There Is Help Out There
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the possible school issues with COVID and your children, homeschooling is a viable solution. But as we all tend to doubt ourselves when attempting something new, you may be hesitating at the moment.
Let iAchieve be of assistance! We have professional tutors for children of all ages. Even better, we can provide tutoring for all subjects. If you feel you are fine with teaching your children reading and writing, maybe iAchieve can take over some of that math that gives you problems.
Don’t wait until your school district decides everyone’s fate. Be proactive and contact iAchieve and we can help you with the transition.