Month: January 2020

Misconceptions about Homeschool Socialization

Misconceptions about Homeschool Socialization

Your kids will leave the house only for educational events, like Calculus for Eight-Year-Olds class and grocery store trips.

You could choose to limit them in that way…or you could choose to open their world to include sports, clubs, religious services, community service projects, trips to friends’ houses…

Neighborhood kids will not want to play with your kids.

You are the Parents who are actually home. Kids will flock to your house after school. Most likely, you will have to set limits, lest you be invaded by children as thick as locusts.

Your kids will learn all of your bad habits.

I’d rather that, than have them learn other people’s bad habits, like drugs at twelve and sex at thirteen.

Your kids will not learn to do ‘normal’ things, like stand in line.

Are you kidding? They go to the grocery with you. They play sports, and they go to crowded museums. Lines are a grand old tradition, they are not limited to schools, and they’re not going away anytime soon. The other wonderful experiences involving waiting endlessly, responding to authority, and being civil to those around you are just as available in the world outside and inside – your house.

They’ll never learn to raise their hands to talk

And this is harmful?

In school, children are the ones who are supposed to be learning to communicate, but they are required to keep quiet most of the time. Contradiction? I think so.

All the same, be sure to teach your children to wait their turn in conversations, I’m sure that most homeschooled kids attend enough ‘classroom’ type activities, as well as other functions that require them to listen attentively, but maybe most of a seven hour day every day is a bit much.

You have to be SuperNatural Parent, Domestic Deity of the Decade

While it is advisable to get your kids started in the world of cooking, basic sewing, etc, that doesn’t mean that you have to become Martha Stewart or Mr. Natural. Bead baking may be beyond you, but maybe a friend or grandparent will be willing to show your kids how it’s done. These are good experiences for them, even if it’s not their favorite activity.

Besides, if you teach them a bit of cooking, maybe one of them will really take to it and replace you in the kitchen!

You must wear a denim jumper and canvas tennis shoes.

Only if you belong to a conservative  homeschooling group and you feel that you must succumb to peer pressure. Or you just happen to like denim jumpers, in which case, wear them happily!

Minor Reasons to Homeschool

Minor Reasons to Homeschool

I get to spend time with my kids when they are at their freshest. Instead of seeing them mostly as they rush to go off to school, and when they come home cranky and stressed,  I get them when they are at their best..and also, of course, at their worst….

My husband gets to spend time with them because we can adapt our schedules to him. He usually works from 10am to 7:30pm, and this means that he would see them for only an hour or so before they had to go to bed. So much for quality time with daddy…

I get more time to  play with Legos, and read my favorite kids’ books without having anyone accuse me of being childish.

The schools usually frown on kids arriving late or skipping school to sleep in after a very late night of astronomy…

The snow here in our part of Ohio only stays around a few times a year. Most of the time, it melts before lunch. My kids can play out in it, but most kids are in school and can only see it out the window…if they actually have a window in their classroom.

Since I brought that up, I’ll make the fact that all our rooms have windows part of the list.

If the air conditioning at our house breaks, we can get it fixed without a new tax levy and three years’ time, unlike a school near us, where kids had to go to school in 90 degree heat with few windows that opened.

More time for physical education…which is important for health.

Family vacations can be taken during the off season, which can be cheaper and less crowded.

Kids are still able to look adults in the eye. That seems to be a common statement about homeschooled children.

We help bring up the usage rates of libraries, museums, zoos, etc. with our frequent visits.

You’ll get to hear a lot more of your children’s original thoughts.

No long, drawn out bus trips.

One day, your thirteen-year-old will gather some neighborhood tweens and teens for a trivia contest with a new deck of science trivia cards. The winner will be your ten-year-old. Second will be your six-year-old.