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 Several thousand have moved to homeschool programs, but education leaders fear that the bulk of children missing are disengaged from school entirely. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "Grants meant to stabilize AZ education budgets bring in less than promised for some schools," 4 Dec. 2020 This recent addition to the Anchorage sweets scene started out as a cottage industry by two women who wanted to empower other moms staying at home to homeschool their kids during the pandemic. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "We asked Alaska foodies for local-centric gift ideas. Here are dozens of their favorites.," 17 Dec. 2020 Ludtke herself resigned from her principal role and stepped back to teaching, which leaves her time to homeschool her daughters in their other necessary subjects, such as social studies and physical education. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "America's missing kids: Amid COVID and online school, thousands of students haven't shown up," 28 Sep. 2020 The decrease is primarily caused by lower enrollment among pre-K and kindergarten students, more families choosing to homeschool their children, and fewer new student across grade levels. Amanda Blanco,, "State reports declining school enrollment and lower attendance; homeschooling surges during pandemic," 4 Nov. 2020 Once the Boyds made the decision to homeschool and picked out their curriculum, the next step was to get the kids excited. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is just for one year:' Oconomowoc parents turn basement into homeschool classroom during the pandemic," 28 Oct. 2020 Parents who don’t want to vaccinate their children often have to homeschool them instead. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Why the US president can’t mandate a Covid-19 vaccine," 22 Oct. 2020 Additionally, it could be used to provide services and support to homeschool families, thus attracting these families back to the public school system and resulting in higher overall funding. Pat Stoetzer,, "Carroll County Board of Education candidates answer questions ahead of 2020 election," 16 Oct. 2020 The district also has seen a major drop in enrollment, with about 1,000 fewer kids overall this fall, as families have transferred children to other districts or opted to homeschool. The Salt Lake Tribune, "3,000 students haven’t logged on for the first week of school in Salt Lake City," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of homeschool

1980, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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30 Jan 2021

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“Homeschool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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