St Timothy Parish is home to many homeschoolers. Many factors go into the decision to homeschool:
- Our responsibility as parents in being the primary educators of our children.
- The ability to tailor the type and pace of a curriculum based on our children’s academic abilities.
- Integration of faith and morality into the “classroom.”
- Flexibility in scheduling extracurricular activities, travel and employment opportunities.
- Exposure to a broader range of educational environments and peers compared to a traditional classroom.
- Strengthening of the family bond through love of learning.
- Efficient use of financial resources.
Homeschooling can seem challenging, whether you are starting with a 5 year old or a Sophomore in highschool. The good news is that there are many resources available: parishioners with real life experience, homeschool conferences, on-line curricula, books, and coops to name a few.
There is even an option for home taught CCD through St Timothy Church, so that your child can prepare for the sacraments with a curriculum that you teach (and learn!)
For more information, start with these resources:
Books and Blogs
- Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education by Laura Berquist
- In the Heart of my Home (homeschooling blog)
Support Organizations and Conferences
- IHM Conference
- Local Christian and other Organizations
- SHARENET (Local e-newsletter for classes, programs, clubs, tutoring etc.)
- Centreville Homeschool Enrichment Support Services (CHESS) 7-12 core subjects taught by homeschooling parents and experienced teachers.
- GiftsNVA For homeschooling children with physical, developmental, medical, communication, or learning challenges. Contact: GiftsNVAfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Fairfax Home School Athletic Association
- FISHE (Families In Support of Home Education)| Christian home-school soccer league and general support. Contact email@example.com