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So if you hadn’t already figured out from the title of this post, we are officially a homeschooling family now.
There are so many reasons for this new choice, which would be too lengthy to explain in this post, but the biggest reason is to spend more time with our children. We have started already and it’s awesome! (Yes, a couple months early. The kids were actually begging me to start!) I must say though, that we absolutely LOVE our homeschool life so far.
One thing that this new life journey of homeschooling has brought to my attention though, is how many myths there are out there about homeschooling families. As a newbie in the homeschool world I thought I’d take a stab at debunking a few that I have already noticed thus far. Here goes…
Myth # 1: Homeschoolers are weird and un-social
If I hear the “But what about socialization?” question one more time I’m going to scream. There are so many ways to teach social skills to your children. Kids who attend traditional school may be around classmates that are the same age as them on a daily basis, but that’s not the only way to teach social skills. My children will learn in other ways. We will take field trips, foster close sibling relationships, play with neighbor kids or visit their beloved cousins. We will teach them to converse with kids of all different ages. Besides… how many times have you heard a teacher in public school ask a child to stop socializing…it’s not the point of attending school anyway, is it?
Myth# 2: Homeschoolers hate public school/teachers
Let me start by saying we have attended public schools in our area for years and the teachers we’ve had have been AMAZING. I continue to keep in touch with many of them because they are just exceptional people. My decision to homeschool has nothing to do with the teachers or any negative experiences we’ve had with traditional school. We actually have dozens of reasons for our decision to homeschool and none of them have anything to do with teachers. My mom was a teacher, my mother-in-law was a teacher, and my sister-in-law was a teacher – I’m VERY pro-teacher. End of story.
Myth # 3: Homeschoolers are Amish or Extreme
I don’t consider myself a religious person, I consider myself to have a secure faith and solid relationship with Jesus Christ. (Yes there is a difference) Like I said our choice to homeschool can’t be explain with one simple reason – we have dozens. However let me clear up a few things for you. I’m not a hippie, I don’t belong to a cult, and we are not part of the Amish community. I simply teach my children to have faith, instill strong values, and try to teach them to be honorable and respectful people. I’m in no way extreme about it. We don’t churn our own butter or make our own clothes from wheat we find on our nature walks. We are normal people who chose to educate their children at home – that’s all.
Myth # 4: Homeschooled children will have a harder time getting into college
Did you know that 2.5 million people in the United States homeschool their children? Did you know that the average homeschooled child typically scores 15 to 30 points above public school students on standardized academic achievement tests? Actually the majority of colleges (even the Ivy League ones) are very home school friendly and even offer scholarships, and statistics show that they do just as well if not better in college. Bottom line is that colleges and employers are interested in capable, motivated people. They don’t care where you learned to read and write.
Myth # 5: Homeschoolers are anti-education
Talk to any homeschool mom (or dad) out there about their curriculum choices. Watch as their face lights up and they begin to talk your ear off about it. You’ll learn quickly just how in love with learning they really are. It’s 2018 people, homeschool curriculums are available everywhere! Some parents chose to piece their lessons and curriculum together themselves, some order an all in on package complete with lesson plans, and some choose online curriculums. There are even online charter schools available for those that prefer an “at home public school” type of feel. Bottom line – is that the focus lies on teaching our children the necessary subjects and life skills they need to succeed. Yes we still teach them reading, writing, math, language arts, science and history. We also get to teach them crucial character traits, life skills, and so many other life lessons that benefit their eager young minds. Our goal as homeschoolers is to prepare our precious children for life, and that is something we take very seriously. We love our children and we want to give them the best possible life possible, just like parents who chose another route for education.