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March 24, 2009

economics and homeschooling

It's no secret that homeschooling is not always easy especially on the income end of things. Granted money is not everything, but a yet a certain amount is needed just to maintain the BASICS in life, food, clothing, and shelter.

At the beginning of the month I read several news reports that stated despite the economic down turn homeschooling is on the raise and families are finding a way to make it work. It's no secret to those that have been following my blog for a while that this is my first year of homeschooling. It's reassuring to read those kind of stories.

However some of my friends haven't been as lucky! I had a friend that also decided to homeschool this year as well. So we were figuring things out together!! Well her husband job went south, (he worked for one of the big auto companies), the lost their home, had to move in with relatives, and just this month had to send their children back to PS (public school) just because she had to go back to work. They just aren't making it any more.

Her children are doing well and the teachers have expressed that the kids are "above" what they need to be for the year, so there is no worries there. Of course I'm sad that she can no longer homeschool, but I'm glad to hear how well her kids are doing in PS. Only because her and I have pretty much have been doing the same thing, so it really was in a way reassuring to me that I am doing what I need to do.

I know that it's perhaps crazy to compare public school curriculum to homeschooling, but I can't help it. I'm just curious especially seeing that I just recently pulled my kiddoes out of PS. I'm sure over time it won't matter any. I know that things are hard for a lot of people, many are being hit hard by these economic times. We have been hit as well, but luckly by the grace of God we are still able carry on with the homeschooling. I pray that it's the same for all my homeschooling readers as well.

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