What Homeschoolers Want
Every homeschooling family is unique.
What makes a class/event/field trip “for homeschoolers”?
The most basic requirements are…
- during the school day (about 9 AM to 4 PM)
- during the school week (Monday through Friday)
- during the school year (about September through May)
- for school-aged children (ages 5 to 18)
Most homeschool families want classes that include siblings
- To include most siblings, go out 1 to 3 years on either side of the target age range
- Children learn best in a multiage environment.
- Most homeschooled children are used to being with siblings (their own and their friends).
- Most homeschooled children are not bothered by the presence of younger siblings.
- Homeschooled children are more likely to sort themselves out by interests than by age.
- It is not unusual to see friendships form between homeschooled children of disparate ages.
- Different children master different skills in different orders and at different ages.
- Rather than rely on “grade level” or age, try to state any skill prerequisites specifically
Homeschool parents attend homeschool events as …
- in some cases, PCAs (Personal Care Assistants)
As a general rule, if you welcome classroom teachers at your programs, you should welcome home educators as well.
In general, expect a ratio of about two children per adult.
Homeschooling is an expensive undertaking, and the vast majority of homeschooling families are single income. Set the lowest price you can. A $5 event will appeal more than a $15 event.
- Charge by participating child rather than by children's age. Siblings in attendance use materials, ask questions and occupy space.
- Charge parents, who are present as educators and chaperones, the same as or less than the children who are the intended audience of your program. If you do not charge classroom teachers to attend programs with their students, then you should also not charge home educators to attend programs with their students.
What’s the best day or the best time for a homeschool event?
We recommend that you take a look at our online calendar to see when other events are offered and avoid the competition for students of high volume times.
- Early morning classes are less popular than mid morning classes (starting at 10am or so).
- Early afternoon classes are preferred to late afternoon classes (finished by 3:30pm or so).
- Later in the week is often slightly more open than earlier in the week (but not always).
The Homeschooled Preschooler
Many parents begin homeschooling before their child is five years of age. They seek classes that…
- include parents, avoiding “drop off” preschool programs
- welcome siblings, particularly younger toddlers and infants