Making The Homeschooling Experience Count

There is a common misconception surrounding homeschooling, and many believe that homeschooling should mimic the public school system. This is simply not true. Homeschooling is a highly individualized and rewarding experience for the entire family, and all have the opportunity to learn. That is the beauty and essence of homeschooling in a nutshell. Learning can be adjusted according to the child’s needs and learning style, and schedules can be rearranged to accommodate unexpected events and life occurrences in general. The school year can last 180 days or longer. Parents can teach for long periods or short periods of time. Additionally, parents have the freedom to teach while at home, on vacation or at the market. Some homeschool parents even carschool, which means that they teach while on the go. There is no right or wrong to homeschooling. Each family’s experience is truly unique and genuine.

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Parents, however, sometimes use time constraints as an excuse to not homeschool. I hear it so often it makes me cringe. When parents give me thousands of reasons why they can’t or won’t homeschool, I try to give them thousands of reasons why they can or should. Parents assume that they can’t homeschool without first educating themselves about what homeschooling actually entails. I think that the fear of change or the fear of being different plays a role in their respective decisions. In no way am I trying to offend or discourage those who choose not to homeschool. I am respectful of families’ decisions either way. I would just like to see parents have more of an open mind. Homeschool communities are supportive and welcoming. We can assist new and potential homeschooling families with the transition from public schooling by educating and supporting families throughout the process.

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There are many benefits to homeschooling. However, I consider the following reasons particularly important:

  • Homeschooling helps to build new relationships and strengthen old relationships.
  • Homeschooling motivates your child.
  • Homeschooled children have increased confidence.
  • Your cultures, values, and beliefs can be integrated into the homeschool curriculum.
  • All family members can participate in the education experience thus strengthening family bonds.
  • Children are less likely to experience bullying.
  • Homeschoolers are highly socialized.
  • Homeschoolers’ learning experiences are catered to their learning needs.

From a personal standpoint, I think our homeschool experience is dynamic and enjoyable, although it can be challenging at times. Fortunately, everything always falls into place. To those families who are already well into their homeschooling journeys, keep it up! Some days may be more productive or challenging than others, but it’s ok. Remember why you initially made the decision to homeschool, and keep in mind that support is a phone call away. Blessings to all!

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  1. Even though I taught in public schools, among other jobs, for a long time, I was always in support of homeschooling, in entirety or as a supplement. Why? Because as time passed, I saw the reduction of freedom in the classroom to teach what the students needed, what motivated them, and what caused them to eagerly arrive at school early. I wanted the students to be free to do the real work and curriculum, but also to extend the lessons outward, to try something never before considered (i.e. commercials, game building, songs, which also have so many other applications). If they learned what I was teaching, then they could explore other projects, and sometimes those other projects lent themselves with even better lessons. And in a class like this, with a teacher who can teach the curriculum along the way, they would have experiences and understandings, feeling some freedom to think outside the box.

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      1. A huge key here is parental involvement. Who loves and understands their kids the most, or have the opportunity to do so? While I have taught and learned about many children over the years, each year, we’re learning a different group, and the first quarter is always a start up all over again. Children love it when their parents show attention, concern, and work with them to their benefit, and they learn an important lesson that will last a lifetime: family. Yes, you put them in my classroom, the students will get a huge benefit from my experiences, but even I know that what family does is worth so much more. As when I had a kid who didn’t think he could read, but I knew differently, but it was the mother who started reading with him, at home, daily,, that made the real difference. I told her the boy loves you and any additional time you spend with him, he will want to please you. It worked. It almost always works. Children want to love their parents.

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