Homeschooling Boys: What’s the Difference?

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Homeschooling Boys: Is it Really Different? The Homeschool Sanity Show

I homeschooled boys and only boys until my fifth child was a girl. I asked my Periscope viewers if homeschooling boys was really different. We had an interesting discussion that you can watch at the end of this post. I decided to determine what differences have actually been demonstrated in research. I can’t wait to share with you what I found and how we can make positive changes in our homeschools.



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Boys prefer to read comics and humorous books and students of both genders prefer contemporary books and series.

Boys in all-boy Florida classrooms where teachers have been taught how best to teach boys have improved test scores dramatically. Boys in co-ed classrooms scored 37% proficient on the FCAT while boys in single-sex classrooms scored 86% proficient.

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