IMPRESSIONS of Homeschooling

When someone starts talking about homeschooling, what do you think of? Perhaps you think of the stereotypes portrayed in popular media? Someone shy? Awkward? If you did, you’d have the WRONG impression of most homeschoolers.

Many families choose to homeschool because it allows them to take advantage of the multitude of learning opportunities available today and best meets the needs of their children. Some families have decided on this educational option long before their children have ever reached school age. They carefully research methodologies and are committed to providing an outstanding program for their children.  Another common entry point is fourth grade and grade seven. Why? because of the fact kids find learning along side with 30 or more students per class challenging. Teachers are overwhelmed, too many special needs and most students don’t get the attention they need for a proper education.

Another myth many people associate with homeschoolers is that they have no social life. Again, this is not true. Research tells us that homeschoolers participate in an average of 5-8 extra curricular activities. They play community soccer, participate in Girl Guides and more.

As Elena Kervitsky wrote in an article for the Huff Post on July 23, 2012, “Someone who is in a school has a very restricting schedule — you have X amount of sick days or snow days and holidays. A benefit of homeschooling is that you can work when you’re sick or work during snow days and holidays. Now that may seem like a curse, but it’s not. Those days that aren’t wasted don’t have to be made up at the end of the school year. You also have the freedom to take a vacation AT ANY TIME of the year. With the flexibility of being homeschooled, I can take a trip almost anytime. I have been all over with world with the freedom of a loose schedule.”

Sounds like fun, right? Right but make no mistake, homeschooling is hard work and requires a lot of self-discipline on the part of parents and student. It means prepping lessons, marking and discussing materials. It means going to displays and museums. It means reading and sharing. It means talking to your kids and explaining how things are done, why and when. It’s hard but the meaningful work of life-long learning!

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