Saturday, February 18, 2006

Homeschool students doing well

Izzy of The Homeschooling Revolution found an article about Braden Juengel who got a 36 on the ACT. He was one of 39 in the United States who got a perfect score. The article mainly focuses on Braden and some of the things he has done. He has a great variety of interests, and sounds like a hard worker. I think he'll go far.

And HomeSchoolBuzz found an article about Sarah Schwab, a 13-year-old girl, who may be the first to have a perfect score on the essay part of the SAT. Her goal is to nail all three sections of the SAT with perfect scores. At the rate she is going, she may do it.


HowGreatADebtor said...

A humble reminder: I'm pleased to know that home school students can do well on standardized tests, but shouldn't we remember that this is only one limited way to measure success? We aren't educating at home to produce expert test-takers, though some students will have a knack for these tests. Let's remember our true goals. :)

Henry Cate said...

Good point.

I know there are some parents who have as their main reason for homeschooling a better academic environment than public school.

But you are right, there are so many other good reasons for homeschooling.

Anonymous said...

I would just like to know some of those reasons. I am considering homeschooling as an option, although, I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about it. I have a boy who likes to run and a boy. Please give me more insite. What are the pros and cons and how would you keep an active boy busy and able to focus on material. Thanks for your time.

Henry Cate said...

"I would just like to know some of those reasons."

I just realized we don't have a single post on reasons to homeschool, but this one has
a few reasons.

"What are the pros and cons and how would you keep an active boy busy and able to focus on material."

How old is your son? A five to eight year old should be allowed to be active. I would only try to do an hour, maybe two, a day. If he's not ready, don't force it, just try again in an hour or so. Keep the learning sessions short. Let him spend the rest of the day burning up the energy.

The Moore's wrote in Better Late Than Early that it is better for young children, especially boys, to wait on academics until they are eight to ten years old.

Can you give us some more details about how old is your son and what exactly are your concerns?

Good luck.