Parent-Directed Education

Family Academy comes alongside the home-school parent, helping them be more effective and better teachers. We offer help in the following ways:   Able To Teach, Homeschooling Basics, other guidance courses and resources, and  through Teacher Consultants (TC’s).  

Able To Teach:

Children of home educators are far more successful compared to those in traditional classrooms, both public and private, which is one of the big reasons parents home-school. However, research indicates it takes a two-year learning curve for most parents to find effective ways to tailor academics to their children’s learning needs. After two years, the reasons for home educating usually change from didactic (just providing a good education) and ideological, to a complete worldview and lifestyle change for the child.

Our  Able to Teach course can help to significantly shorten that two-year learning curve and also help the veteran home-schooler recharge with fresh ideas.

Homeschooling Basics:

Family Academy, in partnership with Multnomah University, offers Homeschooling Basics, an online mini lecture series for those new to homeschooling and seeking to know more.  This series gives a brief overview of some reasons parents choose to homeschool, recommends resources to further your knowledge, and takes a look at the Washington State homeschool law. For parents homeschooling in Washington State, this serves as a parent-qualifying course.  Click here to register.  Also visit https://catalog.multnomahplus.com/  for other course offerings.

Teacher Consultant (TC):

… empowers parents to raise their children to their full potential, academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

  • A Teacher Consultant can help parents cut through the deluge of curriculum and put a learning program together that matches the student’s learning style, passions, and academic needs.
  • A TC is specifically trained to work with homeschool families.
  • By coming alongside the family in a consulting position, we provide expert advice in finding and using the best resources and instructional methods.
  • Most of our teachers also offer weekly small group classes for a particular subject and grade range.

To contact a Teacher Consultant, click here.

Why Home-school (Parent Directed Education)

Research clearly shows that homeschooling works. Homeschooling leads to a better education, stronger family and a more rounded character:

Education Benefits:

Effective education and life’s best lessons takes place within the context of a good relationship with a person who carefully considers one’s thoughts and ideas… and responds to them with respect and dignity. The potential for those relationships is best found within the family. The curriculum can be tailored to the needs of the student rather than forcing the student through an academic assembly line.

  • With one-on-one instruction, less time is wasted waiting for the others.
  • The family offers a more positive environment: spiritually, mentally, and physically.  Children learn responsibility and decision making.
  • Students have time to pursue and become excellent in their interests and passions.
  • As adolescents, students are capable of “owning” their education—it’s their responsibility.

Stronger Family:

Homeschooling helps family members relate to one another and thus draws the family closer together. Siblings develop more significant friendships with their brothers and sisters, and relate better to adults in general.

Learning to manage family-directed education, whether you have one child or multiple children, means the family must learn to problem solve, act on another’s behalf, focusing on the whole family’s needs.

Character building:

Homeschooling creates times of solitude missing in our overly-structured society. These times create space for the child to know himself separate from peer pressure.

True socialization is living by the Golden Rule: treat others the way you would want to be treated. Children learn this through frequent positive interactions with adult role models like their parents.

The social skills needed to succeed are in building meaningful relationships. (One family began homeschooling when their daughter’s Jr. Hi. had seven suicides one semester. Not the kind of ‘socialization’ they wanted for their three students!)