.There are many homeschool misconceptions. I am just going to go over 3 today in this blog post that I hear or get most often when I tell someone we homeschool. Pretty sure other homeschool parents have heard these same ones countless of times. Hearing these I try to educate others on these misconceptions and how homeschooling is different than it used to be. Let’s get started on these misconceptions.
This is number one for me. Hearing this all the time when I bring up the fact that we homeschool. A good majority are misinformed on homeschooling. They are in the mindset of the old-school way of homeschooling. We are in a new day and a new age where there are endless opportunities. There are plenty of opportunities for homeschooled children to socialize. Co-ops are a group that you can join where they teach classes, organize get together’s, and field trips.
There are also other sources outside of the local Co-op’s. 4-H where the children can do all kinds of activities with other children their age. The local Youth center offers sports for the children to play within their own age group. One of our local Co-ops holds P.E. twice a week. So, there are countless ways to get your children out there to socialize. My daughter is a social butterfly. I will have pictures posted of a few moments we have had over the 3 years we have homeschooled. These are just a few times we have socialized with others.
There are a few that believe that my children or homeschooled children will lack in the education department. We have access to all kinds of different curricula that we can use to teach our children. WE as the parent and teacher get to CHOOSE what we want them to learn. My children also have a say in what they would like to learn as well. I let them choose something that interests them and work it into our curriculum. My children personally learn things that are not book taught. An example is survival: it is a big part of our life so we incorporate that into our schooling.
The kids learn how to hunt, fish, camp, garden, and much so much more in life skills as well. Homeschooling we also can see where our child struggles and where they excel. In our homeschool, we truly believe in the “there is no child left behind”. We can spend time on subjects or areas that my child is struggling with. We won’t move on until this task or subject is mastered. I want them to be able to have a full understanding before moving on to something new. These are just a few of our Education tools that we use.
Whenever I mention homeschool some think it’s all religious based. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of awesome religious based curriculum that some of my fellow homeschool friends use. There are also plenty of non-religious based curriculum that can be used as well. For us and our homeschool we are a secular based homeschool which means we do not study or practice a religion in our homeschool; this is just our personal preference.
These are just the top misconceptions that I have come across in the years that I have been homeschooling. I can not speak for everyone these concepts are from personal experiences. If you are a homeschool parent or a non-homeschool parent I would love to hear what your concerns or misconceptions would be.