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Welcome to the Corsi Nation Homeschooling website!

We are delighted to have you perusing our pages.

Our Education Team has years of experience homeschooling all grades from preschool through high school and know firsthand what it takes to run a homeschool, choose curriculum, adapt to family needs and desires, and individualize for a specific child’s needs. We are here to help with articles, links, resources, and more.

 

As we grow our website, you’ll find at Corsi Nation helpful and informative articles on topics such as

  • Advantages of homeschooling
  • Parental rights and education
  • Legal considerations of homeschooling
  • How to choose curriculum
  • Homeschool styles and philosophies
  • Curriculum aids and unit study suggestions
  • How to create a rich learning environment
  • How to homeschool successfully on a shoestring budget

These topics and more will be presented, so please check back often to see what’s new.

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"You Do What?" True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Homeschool-Teaching Father

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By Charles Powers

“You do what?" "How do you do it?" "I could never do that!" These are just some of the questions and comments that I have heard over the last five years of homeschooling my boys. While many homeschool moms hear similar things quite often, there seems to be even more doubt or hesitation when they are addressed to me, a stay-at-home, homeschooling dad.

When I first started homeschooling my boys, I searched extensively on the Internet and Facebook for other men who shared my new profession. There are plenty of stay-at-home dad groups to help us fathers who stay at home with our children, while our significant other, the breadwinner for the family, is at work. But I was going to be more than just "daddy daycare"—I was going to endeavor to homeschool.

The task was daunting, and the support was very hard to find. I did stumble upon a couple of Facebook pages and actually started one myself, but most of what I found focused on the dad being either a support for his wife or being the "principal" of the homeschool. It can still be very difficult to overcome the gender stereotype that has been prevalent in our society. I still find that many people want to look at me as if I am somehow not "fulfilling" my role as a husband and father, that I have somehow slipped through the cracks and that this is some kind of scheme to keep from working, which any homeschool parent will tell you is as far from the truth as you can get, as homeschooling is a full-time job, in and of itself.

I was actually paid a nice salary in a supervisory job during the last six years I worked, and I have an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree, not to mention numerous certificates and diplomas. So it is not for lack of education or drive that I do what I do, but quite the opposite; it is out of a love for my children and a desire to see them not only succeed in the future, but to thrive and be the best person that God has called each of them to be.

When my oldest was finishing preschool and my youngest was only two, both my wife (a charge nurse at our local hospital) and I were working full-time. We had a wonderful nanny for our children, who came to our home to care for our boys. It was a perfect setup; however, one particular morning, I received a text that our nanny would no longer be able to watch the boys due to a severe medical condition that had a very sudden onset. We were stuck, and dumbfounded about what to do.

Before kids, we had talked about homeschooling, but this seemed like a dream, because we "had to have both salaries." Now we were faced with a decision: place our kids in daycare and public school, or figure out how to make it work so one of us could stay home. We began to pray hard and crunch numbers. Within the week, I had resigned from my job and walked into the great unknown of stay-at-home parenting, with the reality of homeschooling just around the corner. I really had no idea what I was doing, and am still figuring it out!

I have learned to take things one day at a time, try to enjoy the moments I can spend with my boys, and look at all of the accomplishments we have made over the years. There are times I just sit back at the end of the day, when everyone is tucked into bed, and sigh, trying to figure it all out. Those are the moments I have learned to listen even more closely and intently to what God is saying and teaching me about myself, about my children, and about the world.

Most recently, my wife began working on weekends and has been able to stay home through the week and help by teaching our middle son. What a blessing this has been. I tell people all the time that one of the hardest, yet most important jobs you will ever have, is raising your children.

If you had asked me fifteen years ago, when I was graduating from college, where I would see myself today, homeschooling my children as a stay-at-home dad would not have even been on my radar; however, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! The important thing is to follow God’s leading as you lead your children.

It has been a most wonderful experience, and I look forward to continuing as long as God allows. I hope, one day, I will have the honor of handing all my boys their high school diplomas from Powers Academy. Being a stay-at-home, homeschooling dad has been a blessing that I wouldn’t want to trade for the world.

 

Charles Powers has been a stay-at-home dad and homeschooling for the past five years. During that time, he has also served as a Chaplain Team Leader with Marketplace Ministries. Charles has been married for 13 years to his wife, Larissa, a charge nurse at a local hospital. They have three boys and live in the Northern Kentucky area. Charles believes that homeschooling and caring for children is the most important job anyone can have.

Copyright 2018, The Old Schoolhouse®. Used with permission. All rights reserved by the Author. Originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade publication for homeschool moms. Read The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com, or download the free reader apps at www.TOSApps.com for mobile devices. Read the STORY of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine and how it came to be.

The Legal Ins and Outs of Homeschooling: Be Informed

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legal 1143114 1280Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. But specific home education laws vary from state to state- and country to country- so be informed and know your rights. Check your country or state’s laws to be sure you know what is required. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has compiled a list of the U.S. state requirements (click here).

High and Moderate Regulation States

In the United States five states have high regulation: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Variation in requirements include such things as notification of intent to homeschool, submission of certain test scores, and curriculum approval.

Low Regulation States

Most states have low to moderate regulation, and some have no regulation at all. States with the greatest homeschool freedom are Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas. These homeschool-friendly states have zero requirement for parents to initiate contact with state or school officials. Be on guard though. Some state and school officials in these states over-step their legal bounds and try to coerce parents into complying with their demands for records or contact.

Regulations Regarding Travel During the School Year

If you travel out of the country for more than one month during the school year be sure to know your legal rights. Contact HSLDA (click here).

If you reside in another state for more than one month it is recommended by HSLDA that you follow the requirements of that state during the time you are there. If you are away less than one month, follow the laws of your home state as per usual.

International Homeschooling Laws

Not all countries allow parents to homeschool their children. When considering moving to or living in a foreign country for part of the school year, check their policies on education. The freedoms we too often take for granted, the freedoms many of us strive to protect in the United States, are not so easily found abroad. HSLDA has a list of nations and their requirements (click here).

Knowing your legal rights regarding homeschooling your children is imperative.

Get Your Free Homeschooling Information Packet

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gift box 2458012 1280Paul and Gena Suarez, publishers of The Old Schoolhouse®, the top homeschooling print magazine in the US, has contacted Corsi Nation to offer a free information packet for those interested in homeschooling. Topics include how to get started in homeschooling and why leaving the public school system is a good idea.

The free information packet includes over 50 resources including--

  • one-month access to Monarch Online Homeschool Curriculum (courtesy of Alpha Omega Publications)
  • a complete “Introduction to Architecture” online course, for middle or high schoolers, from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. No print textbooks needed.

Request your free packet here: TryHomeschooling.com.