home·​school | \ ˈhōm-ˌskül How to pronounce homeschool (audio) \
homeschooled; homeschooling; homeschools

Definition of homeschool

intransitive verb

: to teach school subjects to one's children at home

transitive verb

: to teach (one's children) at home

Examples of homeschool in a Sentence

They homeschooled both their children. Parents who homeschool are meeting on Thursday.
Recent Examples on the Web The group also wants to tighten rules for home-schooling, so parents suspected of abusing or neglect children can't remove their children from school and claim to be homeschooling them to avoid scrutiny, Brooks said. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Attorney General Daniel Cameron pledges to help reduce Kentucky's high rate of child abuse," 7 Jan. 2020 Imagine my dismay, after nearly 40 years of advocating for parents’ rights, to learn that a respected journal that promotes conservative values muddies the waters around homeschooling and cyberschooling. Nr Editors, National Review, "Letters," 5 Dec. 2019 The curfew wouldn’t apply to children who are homeschooled or attending other types of school programs. USA TODAY, "Pothole protest, Ernie Pyle, urine scare: News from around our 50 states," 4 Dec. 2019 Parents may need to reduce their work hours and homeschool their children. Charles Feng, STAT, "Oral immunotherapy can be a game changer for many with food allergies," 11 Dec. 2019 According to the Springs Charter Schools website, many of the parents of those students also homeschool their children; others choose two to five days per week of a blended model that includes classroom instruction with home study. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New principal named at Otay area charter school," 7 Aug. 2019 Tia Shoemaker was raised and homeschooled at her family’s bear hunting camp in remote southwester Alaska, 65 air mile from any other humans. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "What’s It Like to Grow Up in Bear Camp?," 19 Dec. 2019 For several years, Doug Phillips worked as a lawyer at the Home School Legal Defense Association, a Christian nonprofit that lobbies for homeschool-friendly legislation and provides legal support to homeschooling families. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Mark Meadows and the Undisclosed Dinosaur Property," 1 Oct. 2019 The report had some limitations, including that the data are based on documentation from schools so some children might not be included in the data, such as those who are homeschooled. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Vaccine exemption rates among US kindergartners continue to climb, CDC says," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of homeschool

1980, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Homeschool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of homeschool

US : to teach your children at home instead of sending them to a school


home·​school | \ ˈhōm-ˌskül How to pronounce homeschool (audio) \
homeschooled; homeschooling

Kids Definition of homeschool

: to teach school subjects to at home She homeschools her third-grade son.

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