There is so much misinformation out there about homeschooling in America, that I thought I would share this handy chart with you all!
As some of you know, I homeschool my children, although I did not start out that way with my oldest son. He attended public school preschool and Kindergarten, and while his teachers were absolutely amazing, his overall experience was not all that positive. He was picked on, taught inappropriate behavior, and by the time he would get home each day, all there was time for was his homework, dinner, and then bed. We lost his best hours to school.
When we decided to homeschool, we were incredibly nervous. Alex was an average student (all of his standardized tests said so) and I was concerned with my ability to teach him effectively. All my fears were allayed, however, when in one year, he went from scoring in the 50th percentile (national average) to scoring well into the 90th for most of his subjects. He was also doing work a year ahead of his peers, while spending less time actually doing the work.
He has his good days and his bad. He is like every other kid out there, not always excited about learning, but he will tell you that he is happy that we brought him home. He is a happier and better-behaved child because of it.
Lest you think we simply shut ourselves indoors and my children are not properly "socialized" (this is one of those long standing misconceptions about homeschooling!), he is actually spending lots of time outdoors, at Boy Scouts, church activities, etc. He has the opportunity to not only spend time with children his own age, but with people in all walks of life. He loves conversing with our elderly neighbor, usually asking a million questions.
This year, his younger sister starts Kindergarten, and she is so excited! While my job has now become more time consuming, it is also more of a joy. She is in a phase where every new thing learned is amazing and wonderful, and some of that joy is rubbing off on her brother. They are both best friends (because you can't completely alienate your recess buddy!) and typical brother and sisters, always needling each other.
Homeschooling has been wonderful for our family. While it is not for everyone (and I certainly would not suggest otherwise!), it is a lot less 'weird' than it once was. We aren't all wearing long skirts and bonnets, and we have a variety of methods, motivators, and backgrounds.
My wish is for everyone to give the homeschoolers around you a chance. Don't hear the words "home learning" and start looking for the nearest exit. Most people who homeschool have heard the good, the bad and the ugly from people who are curious, and so we have a thick skin. If you have a question, ask! I, for one, am more than happy to answer whatever questions arise.
Do you have any questions about homeschooling? I would be happy to answer them!
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