13 Things Homeschoolers Secretly Wish They Could Tell You
We asked parents why they chose to homeschool their kids, what it's like to be the teacher, and what they really think about public school.
Yes, the largest subset of us is Christian
But we’ve also got plenty of granola-crunching hippie types; growing numbers of Jewish, Latino, and military families; and parents who don’t like what their local schools have to offer. So ditch the stereotypes.
Unfortunately, there are homeschooling parents who aren’t teaching their kids
Some grown homeschooled children have spoken out about educational neglect. One Virginia teenager said that at age 16, he didn’t know South Africa was a country and couldn’t solve basic algebra problems.
Our kids aren’t unsocialized outcasts who never leave home
Most of us spend at least several days a week out of the house with—shock!—other people. We coordinate proms, classes, sports teams, choirs, and clubs with other homeschooled children in the area.
Our firstborn almost always get a better education than our younger kids
Why? The truth is that some of us have trouble keeping up with everything. Here’s more about how birth order theory can affect your life.
Some homeschoolers have formal lesson plans, report cards, and even a bell to start the school day
On the opposite end of the spectrum: unschoolers. They have no curriculum and no textbooks unless the child asks to use them.
Public school systems get less money if they have a high number of homeschoolers
So a growing number of districts are recruiting us to enroll in certain classes, borrow materials, and use school services. The reason behind it all: They want to get back a portion of that lost per-pupil funding.
Educating your own child can be a burden
Every day I worry that I’m not good enough. These are 40 things school teachers are secretly thinking.
Why do public school parents always ask about socialization?
Sitting quietly at a desk all day does not seem very social to me.
The best part about homeschooling?
I get to spend time with my kids and be there for the a-ha moments when they learn something for the first time.
Sources: Homeschool moms Nancy Carter of Mashantucket, Conn.; Dena Dyer of Granbury, Tex.; Julie Anne Smith of Richland, Wash., who blogs at spiritualsoundingboard.com; Kris Bales of Ringgold, Georgia, who blogs at weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com; Heather Bowen of Lumberton, N.C., who blogs at frugalhomeschoolfamily.com; and Laura Huber, author of The ABCs of Homeschooling; former homeschool mom Vyckie Garrison; and Richard Medlin, PhD, psychologist at Stetson university in DeLand, Fla; Milton Gaither, PhD, professor of education at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and author of Homeschool: An American History