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 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 The flu immunization requirement does not apply to homeschool students or to college students who are only participating in remote learning and will never be on campus. Maria Pasquini,, "Several States May Require Kids to Get a Flu Vaccine Ahead of Coronavirus School Reopenings," 31 Aug. 2020 Not only that, but many parents have decided to independently homeschool their kiddos for the foreseeable future. Micolette Davis, Houston Chronicle, "5 Fun activities to get your Houston homeschoolers up and moving," 31 Aug. 2020 Her mom helped homeschool her and encouraged her aspiration to be a competitive ice skater, which was sidelined with an injury at 17. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "Health Fresh Meals competes in growing meal delivery market," 22 Aug. 2020 This specialized learning approach is one of the reasons Brown decided to homeschool in the first place. Nicole Ludden, The Arizona Republic, "Considering homeschooling during COVID-19? Insider advice from experienced Phoenix parents," 20 Aug. 2020 Educational organizations like Khan Academy can also be used to homeschool. Adrienne So, Wired, "How to Make Remote Learning Work for Your Children," 12 Aug. 2020 Of course, there is also the option to homeschool or do an all-virtual alternative, such as University View Academy. Jessica Saggio | Contributing Writer,, "Big life events in 2020 weren't meant to happen this way," 10 Aug. 2020

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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 26 Oct. 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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