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Homeschooling has seen a huge rise in popularity over the past decade. Reports show that homeschooling enrollment is up seven times higher than public school enrollment, and since 1999, the number has increased by 75 percent.
Parents of homeschooled children cite many benefits to teaching their children in the privacy of their own home, such as shorter school days, more one-on-one learning time, and the ability to tailor lesson plans according to each child’s specific learning needs. Every year that homeschooling grows in popularity, the myths begin to dispel and the disadvantages become less and less.
But, like everything, homeschooling still does come with a few disadvantages. For example, although students get plenty of social activity and there are groups designed to get other homeschooled students together for educational and physical activities, they still miss out miss out on some of the perks of traditional schools. The first things that usually come to mind for most people are pep rallies, Homecoming, Prom, and even having a yearbook full of memories with their peers from their school year. But as the parent of a homeschooler, you’ve probably heard them all and already know that there are a ton of options at your disposal.What better way to show homeschooled students all the fun things they did over the school year than with a yearbook?
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Homeschooling provides an invaluable education for students marked by a year of hard work, discipline, and fun. Students deserve a way to commemorate each year just like every other student in public and private schools do. We’ve discussed the benefits that yearbooks provide to schools, but there are also benefits for students in a non-traditional school setting. A yearbook gives students a physical representation of their year and highlights all of the wonderful memories made between you, as their parent and teacher, and them. It also gives them a way to look back on field trips, sports activities, and any other fun they had over the course of the year.
With TreeRing by your side, as the parent of a homeschooled child (or homeschooled children), you can scratch that off your disadvantage list, too. You now have the ability to make your own professional quality, personalized yearbook right from your laptop. The drag-and-drop templates and wide variety of layout and theme options provide endless possibilities for creative, fun, and professional pages without needing an education in art or design.
If you and your child are involved in a homeschooling group or co-op full of other parents and students, you can also discuss creating a yearbook amongst everyone for the students to be able to share the experience together. When you make a yearbook with TreeRing, you can create one yearbook for your group, but each person has the ability to create personalized pages that include the photos and content of their own choosing for their specific book.
We know you’re busy and have a laundry list full of things to get done every day. But there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed by making a yearbook because it’s easy. Keep reading our blog to collect tips, tricks, and ideas to get your creative motors running. And watch TreeRing’s demo video on how to get started and you could have a yearbook in your hands by the end of the school year.
Do you have any experience as either the parent of a homeschooled student or as a homeschooling teacher? Share your stories with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!