I’ve only been homeschooling for about 2 years now but I get asked a lot of questions about homeschooling, usually from people who are against it. I’m sure over time, I’ll be asked many, many more but so far, these are the top 5 that I always hear.
1. Don’t you worry that your kids won’t be socialized?
Of course I worry about that but guess what, you should be worried too. In school, kids learn to socialize with their peers. That means from junior kindergarten to high school graduation (14 years give or take) kids are only interacting with those their own age. Homeschool kids get interaction with people of all ages. From play groups, to homeschooling co-ops, to neighbourhood friends and extra curricular activities, they get lots of social interaction. I personally feel that it’s helping them prepare better for life after school. I’m mean how many jobs have you had where you only work with people your own age? I can’t think of any. Can you?
2. You’re not a teacher. How can you teach them without a degree?
You don’t need a degree to teach! We homeschool parents have this secret tool that we use. We’re not suppose to tell anyone, but I will. Shhhh…. Come close and I’ll whisper it. It’s called google! And it helps you find tons of different ideas for teaching and pre made curriculums that you can choose from. And when I said tons, I literally mean tons!
In all seriousness though, studies actually show that homeschool kids have higher scores on standardized tests than their ‘regular’ schooled peers, regardless of how educated their parents are. Apparently, it makes no difference how ‘smart’ or how much formal education a homeschool parent has, what matters most is how committed they are to their child’s learning.
3. Don’t you want your child to go to university? They’ll never be able to get in.
Actually, they will be able to go if they want to. Almost every college and university in Canada has admissions programs for homeschooled students. In fact in the U.S, Ivy League schools have recruiters that specifically seek out homeschooled students because they tend to be more creative, ‘outside of the box’ thinkers.
4. Aren’t you afraid your kids are going to be different or weird?
I guess a little bit. Isn’t everyone though? I don’t really think that going to a ‘regular’ school will prevent anyone from being different. I went to a public school and believe me, there were a lot of ‘different’ people there. But honestly, is there really anything wrong with being different? I don’t think so. I actually encourage it. When you’re young, everyone wants to be the same, but as you get older, being unique or different is what a lot of people strive for. It’s what sets us apart from the rest. I want my kids to embrace their individuality.
5. Don’t you think your kids will be overprotected?
Maybe. Is that really so bad though? My job as a mom is to protect them from as much bad stuff as I possibly can. I’m sure, given the chance, many parents would’ve loved to have protected their kids a little bit more or a little bit longer. Kids are growing up way too fast now a days. When I was 10, I literally played with barbies. Kids now a days are drinking. It’s crazy!
Now of course, we’ll make sure that we talk about all the things that happen as you get older; drinking, drugs, sex, bullying and peer pressure, but is it really necessary that they have to live it to understand it? I’m sure that homeschooling won’t protect them completely but, hey, I can try right?
Check out this post for tips on how to afford homeschool curriculum on a limited budget.
Are you a homeschooling parent? What are some of the questions or statements that you’re always hearing?