Frequently Asked Questions

Homeschooling

How do I Start Homeschooling?


Here are a few suggestions on how to start homeschooling:

  1. First start by looking at the homeschooling laws of their state. That way you know exactly what you can and can't legally do. Click here to view homeschooling laws in your state.
  2. Next, find a good online support group such as the Raising Our Tribe Forum. I also suggest to also find a local support group as well! Click here to find a local homeschooling group near you
  3. Find your homeschooling style! This step is very important and will help you to find the right groups to join and curriculums to use! Click here to take a homeschooling style quiz!
  4. Join a homeschooling co-op! Some people don't like to join co-ops but I always suggest new homeschooling families to join a local co-op. Click here to find a local homeschooling co-op!
You can read more tips and tricks for homeschooling on our Homeschooling Guide.




Is Homeschooling Hard?


Some days it can as simple as watching online videos or going on field trips. Other days it can be teaching your children a new subject that you might not be strong in such as math. So it really just depends on your strong suits and the curriculums you choose.




Is Homeschooling Fun?


Yes! One of my favorite parts about homeschooling is the field trips and adventures! Our family has gotten to explore a lot of the historical parts of America because of this!




Is Homeschooling Worth It?


Yes! Being able to be with your children as they grown and learn is one of the best feelings in the world. Seeing my children have fun on crazy adventures and persevere through tough homework problems makes me the happiest momma in the world!




Is Homeschooling easier than regular school?


It is not easier for a parent to homeschool, but it is often easier on a student because they have a tailor made learning center at home. The choices a parent makes on things such as curriculums and their homeschooling style, may make learning more fun, therefore making it seem easier to homeschool than go to public school.




What are the Cons of Homeschooling?


Cons of Homeschooling:

  1. Income – Homeschool requires one parent to stay home and teach their child. This has the family taking in a single income. Despite this constraint, most families believe the second income was not necessary. Giving up the second income is worth the education and bond gained from teaching their child.
  2. The Fear of “Falling Behind” – Parents have a fear that if they homeschool their child, the custom-academic curriculum may cause their child to fall behind from peers. The pressure to keep up may get to some parents because they are spending more time on a subject than other subjects. However, the fear of falling behind is not a reality for most families. By spending more time with their child, parents are able to dedicate time on subjects that are harder to grasp for their child and review subjects that are easier to understand.
  3. All Day Affair – Homeschooling is a time crunch. It requires a lot of planning and a lot of effort and dedication from the parent and child. The parent has to juggle driving their child to activities, planning the curriculum, and much more. Patience is needed from the parent. The teaching style may be hard to -master at first, but after a while the parent will be able to see their child’s strengths and help develop his or her skills along the way.
  4. Taking Criticism – Homeschooling may be growing in acceptance across the world, but there will still be some critics out there. There are people who will criticize parents for homeschooling because it has not been in the mainstream. Despite what people may think, parents believe they made the right choice in helping develop their child.




What are the Pros of Homeschooling?


Pros of Homeschooling:

  1. Flexible Curriculum – Parents are able to control the pace of the curriculum and tailor lessons to the needs of their child. A flexible curriculum allows for the parent to adapt to their child’s learning style. Parents may decide to do more hands-on activities to supplement lessons or they can review previous lesson to strengthen their child’s understanding.
  2. Intimate Relationship with the Family – A strong relationship is formed when parent and child are learning together. Homeschooling creates an environment where intimate connections are formed because the parent and their child have time spent together.
  3. Religious Freedom – Michael Farris, a strong homeschool advocate, quoted an educational psychologist saying “kids get their values from whomever they spend a majority of their time with”. Homeschool gives parents the freedom to teach their child values and beliefs that may not be taught in public or private schools. Homeschool gives the opportunity for imparting important life lessons.
  4. Reducing Negative Influence – Negative influences or distractions from schoolwork will not be as likely to detract from learning because parents are able to monitor their child. Children will be able to focus more when there is no bullying or teasing in the classroom. Self-esteem will not be affected because parents are able to help develop and nurture their children.




Why Do Parents Homeschool?


Reasons Why Parents Homeschool: Flexible Curriculum – Parents are able to control the pace of the curriculum and tailor lessons to the needs of their child. A flexible curriculum allows for the parent to adapt to their child’s learning style. Parents may decide to do more hands-on activities to supplement lessons or they can review previous lesson to strengthen their child’s understanding. I recommend first Finding the right homeschool curriculum for you and your kids Intimate Relationship with the Family – A strong relationship is formed when parent and child are learning together. Homeschooling creates an environment where intimate connections are formed because the parent and their child have time spent together. Religious Freedom – Michael Farris, a strong homeschool advocate, quoted an educational psychologist saying “kids get their values from whomever they spend a majority of their time with”. Homeschool gives parents the freedom to teach their child values and beliefs that may not be taught in public or private schools. Homeschool gives the opportunity for imparting important life lessons. Reducing Negative Influence – Negative influences or distractions from schoolwork will not be as likely to detract from learning because parents are able to monitor their child. Children will be able to focus more when there is no bullying or teasing in the classroom. Self-esteem will not be affected because parents are able to help develop and nurture their children.





Adoption

What are the steps in the international adoption process?


  1. Home Study: The home study can be a long and frustrating process. It’s an evaluation by your state to determine if you and your home are prepared to regarding adoption, physical exams, and various interviews with the social worker. Most require that any family adopting internationally have their home study completed by a Hague accredited agency
  2. Dossier: These are the documents that are required by the foreign government to allow you to adopt a child from their country. These documents must be exact. Most are notarized and finalized with an apostille.
  3. Referral: Based on the information in your dossier, the foreign government will issue you an official referral of a child or children for adoption. Depending on the country you are adopting from, you will either travel to the country to receive the referral and meet the child or you will receive information on the child including pictures and medical prior to travel.
  4. Post Adoption: You will register your child’s passport with the embassy and provide post adoption reports completed by your social worker along with the pictures of your child for a period of time after your adoption.




What is a Home Study in the Adoption Process?


The home study can be a long and frustrating process. It’s an evaluation by your state to determine if you and your home are prepared to regarding adoption, physical exams, and various interviews with the social worker. Most require that any family adopting internationally have their home study completed by a Hague accredited agency




What is a Dossier in the Adoption Process?


Dossiers are the documents that are required by the foreign government to allow you to adopt a child from their country. These documents must be exact. Most are notarized and finalized with an apostille.




What is a Referral in the Adoption Process?


Based on the information in your dossier, the foreign government will issue you an official referral of a child or children for adoption. Depending on the country you are adopting from, you will either travel to the country to receive the referral and meet the child or you will receive information on the child including pictures and medical prior to travel.




Are there any Post Adoption Requirements?


Yes, you will need to register your child’s passport with the embassy and provide post adoption reports completed by your social worker along with the pictures of your child for a period of time after your adoption.




Is it possible to adopt if you have been successfully treated for cancer?


The answer depends upon your medical prognosis. You will be required to have a physical and give all medical history during your home study. You must be healthy enough to parent the child/children. The process various from country to country.




How old do I have to be to Adopt from Ukraine?


Parents must be at least 21 years old and 15 years older than the child you are wanting to adopt.




Can I have biological children and still adopt from Ukraine?


Yes, you may have biological children in your home. We had 5 of our children living in our household at the time of our adoption.




Do I need to be married to adopt from Ukraine?


Yes, you must be married in order to adopt from Ukraine.




Are there health requirements to adopt from Ukraine?


Adoptive parents be in good physical and mental health and Adoptive families must have no history of mental disorders.




Can Parents request the gender of a child when adopting from Ukraine?


Yes, when adopting from Ukraine, parents may request gender of adoptive child.




How old are the children available to adopt in Ukraine?


Most adoptive children in Ukraine are ages 6-16 but can be younger.




How long in the Ukraine Adoption Process?


The process takes about one year. After finishing the home study, dossier, and get a referral for adoption, adoptive parents will either take one long trip (8-10 weeks) or 2-3 shortertrips (2 weeks) trips-both parents are required to appear in the country to filethe adoption petition. Afterwards one parent may stay in the country while theother returns home. Both will have to return to apply for immigration visa.




Do I need to visit Ukraine in order to adopt?


Adoptive parents will either take one long trip (8-10 weeks) or 2-3 shorter trips (2 weeks) trips-both parents are required to appear in the country to file the adoption petition. Afterwards one parent may stay in the country while the other returns home. Both will have to return to apply for immigration visa.




Can I Adopt kids who aren't related in Ukraine?


Yes, you may adopt children that are not related although, the process will take slightly longer.




Does the Ukraine allow Gay Parents to adopt?


Currently, Ukraine will not place children with known homosexual parents.




Do adoptive kids have any health issues in Ukraine?


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) is high in Ukraine.




Does Ukraine provide any information on the child you will be adopting?


Adoptive parents will receive very little history on the child when adopting from Ukraine.





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