Hi, friends! Today I’m super excited to introduce you to my friend Crystal. Crystal is the genius behind Sharing Life’s Moments and she’s agreed to come over and talk to us about something I know literally nothing about: homeschooling! As someone who went to public school my whole life, I never knew anyone who homeschooled or who was homeschooled and I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t have a few preconceived ideas about homeschooled children. Crystal is here today to talk about the assumptions society might make and what homeschooling is really like!
Erasing Homeschool Assumptions with The Real Truth
by Crystal Green, Sharing Life’s Moments
I’ve been a homeschooling mother for over seven years. Along the way, I have dealt with many people making several assumptions about homeschooling. I’d like to put those assumptions to rest once and for all. Hopefully, it will help you to interact with those homeschooling families around you better.
We Don’t Have as Much Free Time as You Think
I don’t know how many times I have to remind others that we do not have all day to do their bidding. We can’t just take off on a whims notice to “play” or “help them with something.”
We are not trying to be rude. We want you to realize that even though our kids may not be sitting in an actual classroom we do still have to give them a required amount of educational time a day.
Plus, like you, we still have to maintain a home and run errands. So, our time is just as precious as yours is to you. When we get interrupted repeatedly it can cost us more time in the long run.
My Kids Are Not Your Quiz Show Contestant
I can’t tell you the amount of times that once I’ve announced that my kids are homeschooled, strangers and friends alike want to quiz my kids. Even family members who supposedly have a lot of faith in me have quizzed them. It makes me feel like you don’t believe in my ability to teach my own kids, while my kids feel awkward. This is especially true when they are asked questions about things they haven’t been taught yet.
My Kids Do Gain Socialization
My kids do gain socialization. They run errands with me almost daily. They have to interact with everyone we come in contact with. We also make sure we schedule out field trips with local families. Not to mention, church and other organizations help them to have the chance to make friends. My kids have the chance to spend time with like-minded people often.
I Have My Own Doubts
I don’t need someone else questioning my ability to homeschool my kids. I already have my own set of doubts about my abilities to do it. However, I have more faith in myself than I do in our current public educational system. I firmly believe that I will give them a better fighting chance than if I were to trust someone else to teach them. As their mother, I will do whatever I must to ensure they have what they need.
I Believe All Parents CAN Homeschool
The only thing that you need to be sure of is that you meet the requirements your state requires in order for you to be able to homeschool them. Outside of those limitations, I believe that parents can homeschool their kids. You learn to have patience you never knew existed within you. You can learn the material WITH your child if you don’t remember it from when you learned it. You can do it around your work schedule. If your child is in sixth grade or higher, they can do their work pretty much on their own.
Most Important Thing We Want You to Know
We don’t judge you for choosing to send your kids to public school. We would appreciate the same thing in return. We would like to spend time with you and your family during scheduled times that are good for both of us. We don’t want our kids treated any differently just because they are homeschooled. Yes, we have our fears about what we are doing, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything because we know in our hearts we’re doing the best thing for our kids just like you are with yours.
Let’s Erase Your Assumptions with The Reality
I’d love to erase any assumptions that you may have concerning homeschooling. Feel free to be honest and ask your questions. I know many people are interested in homeschooling but don’t have enough answers to feel comfortable making the change.
What is something that I didn’t cover that you often assume concerning homeschooling?