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Consumer Watch: Homeschooling costs

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Nearly two million children are homeschooled in the U.S, and each state has different laws related to this kind of education. Homeschooling is growing in popularity, but experts say it is not a decision to be made lightly.

Why homeschool? There are some common reasons more families are making this change. According to a Department of Education survey, the top reasons are a desire to provide religious instruction, a desire to provide moral instruction, and a concern about the environment in other schools. Also, home schooling would be less expensive than private school, but it's not free.

“The average homeschool parents spends between 300 and 500 dollars per child,” says TJ Schmidt, HSLDA staff attorney.

TJ Schmidt is with the Home School Legal Defense Association. He says its goal is to help families navigate the homeschooling process, and the transition of pulling children out of traditional public schooling. He talks about some common concerns parents might have about home schooling, like the parent's education level.

“The education level of the parent is not a determinative factor. I think the biggest factor, honestly, my personal opinion, is the decision and commitment of the parent to educate their child at home,” says Schmidt who was homeschooled as a child, and now he and his wife home school their children.

Using local resources, being a part of an educational co-op, and using approved curriculum are all pathways to teach your own child.

Oklahoma is not required to provide textbooks of curriculum to home schooled children. We've got your back with ways to reduce that 500-dollar average cost per child. Consider buying previously used curriculum and books. Look for ways to rent the information you need. Your public library can also be a money saving resource.

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