8 Things I Actually Believed About Homeschooling
I started my homeschooling journey with a pretty sheltered viewpoint. First and foremost… I had no clue what I was doing. I homeschooled my last 2 years of highschool using ACE Paces. But, it was very independant at that point. So, my experience of homeschooling wasn’t at all what homeschooling is truly like. Getting into our homeschool year was so exciting. I read blog after blog, and I was sure that I knew what homeschooling was going to be like. Boy, was I wrong!! Here are 8 things I actually believed about homeschooling.
1. Homeschooling is just school at home.
Yep… I actually believed that. I thought that all I had to do was buy some curriculum, a white board, and set it up to look just like a classroom. Then I would teach just like in a classroom, too. But, the truth is…. homeschooling is not school at home. It is so different! And, one of the best things about homeschooling is that we can step outside of that traditional box if we want to. We don’t have to do everything that public schools do, exactly the way they do it. There are a ton of different options for us as homeschoolers.
2. What I buy will always work.
This is so false. I cannot tell you how many times I have purchased a curriculum for my children, that I thought would work, but it just didn’t.
3. Each one of my children will be able to use the same curriculum.
False as well! There have been times when I have been lucky, and been able to reuse a curriculum for a younger sibling. However, this doesn’t always happen. We are struggling with this right now. I have my oldest son in Math U See. He completed Gamma last school year, and is about to finish Delta. My daughter is using Gamma this year. She started it last year… about halfway through the school year. It has been a huge struggle. It just isn’t fitting her learning style very well. So, instead of getting to reuse Delta for her next year, it looks like a change is in order.
4. Homeschoolers are all introverts.
This is coming from a public-schooled introvert herself. I really thought that homeschoolers were all super introverted, and didn’t have many friends. Yes, I was one of those people worried about “socialization.” (Read my blog post on: Socialization) Fast forward to now…. My daughter is a complete extrovert! She is the most friendly, outgoing 8 year old that I have ever known. She is not at all afraid to approach another child to ask them what their name is, and if they want to play.
5. My child will become a super genius.
Homeschooling is really good for children, and they have every opportunity to excel in their schoolwork. In fact, most homeschooled children are ahead of their public-schooled peers. However, homeschooling alone is not enough to turn my child into a super genius. All children are different, and learn at different paces. I do believe my children will have academic advantages later in life that stem from homeschooling, but they will still have to work hard for their education. My goal now, is not that my child becomes a genius per say, but that they become successful.
6. I will have so much free time!
Let me just say…HAHAHA! I actually think homeschooling equals less free time. There are still a lot of people I know that think I have so much time on my hands because my kids do not go to school. How does this even make any sense… I have no clue! But, they do. Homeschooling mothers have to dedicate a lot of time to teaching their children, grading papers, organizing, planning, feeding their children (because they are home for 3 meals a day), doing loads of dishes (again… because they are home all day), and all the other normal household duties that stay-at-home moms have to deal with (x10 because children who are at home for the entire day make way more messes than those that are in school for 8 hours a day).
7. Everything will go as planned.
Everything will not go as planned. There will be days that run super smoothly, and you will be so excited! But, then there are days that just don’t go well at all. Days that you just have to flush your plans down the toilet, and say… “Ok… I guess 10 videos on YouTube about the Civil War Era will do.”
8. I won’t be able to teach my children correctly.
What does that even mean??? Correctly? Is there really even a “correct” way to teach. All children have different learning styles. I have to teach my son differently than I teach my daughter because they learn differently. There is no one “correct” way to teach a child. I am capable, and you are capable of teaching. One of the biggest fears I see in mothers who want to begin homeschooling (myself included) is that they think they will not be able to teach their children to read. They have a fear that their children will somehow have a “disadvantage” if they try to teach them. This is not true. You can do it… I promise. I have taught two children to read successfully, and I am working on my 3rd. One of my children has dyslexia, and it was extremely challenging, but it was still worth it. He had a better advantage with reading at home than he would’ve in public school. He needed (and still does need) that one-on-one instruction. ( Read: The Best Resources for Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia)
Don’t let those common misconceptions of homeschooling stop you!
Don’t be deterred by the things you have heard, or the things you may think about homeschooling. Homeschooling has been a wonderful experience for my family, and many other families as well. Despite the lack of freetime and the piles of laundry and dishes laying around my home, I love homeschooling! I wouldn’t have it any other way!