We’ve come across plenty of folks, who, after learning we homeschool our kids, give us The Look ... followed by The Nod, paired with The Smile. Then, I get the, “Oh, that’s nice!” I’m not really sure what they’re thinking, positive or negative. But if at least one of the common myths of homeschoolers has clouded their thinking, this is my attempt to bring some clarity to the issue.
1. Homeschool kids don’t know how to socialize.
I never understood this one. Kids come in all shapes and sizes. Some will be more social than others, homeschooled or not. Nowadays, being social means looking down at a screen. That’s something I want my kids to unlearn.
2. Homeschool kids won’t learn what the other kids are learning.
Even though I spend a lot of time preparing our lessons, my kids still claim they learned such-and-such from PBS Kids. So, if what other kids are learning and remembering also come in the form of a TV show or an app, then my kids are just fine.
3. Homeschool kids can’t participate in extracurricular activities.
My problem is that the flexibility of a homeschool schedule presents too many extracurricular options. Do I really want to drive one kid to dance class, one to basketball, and another to Jiu-Jitsu. I mean, when will I have time to go shopping?
4. Homeschool moms drag their kids to run errands all day.
This brings to mind a day at the store with my littles when the cashier raised an eyebrow at one of my kids and said, “Shouldn’t you be in school?” For the record, we were actually in the middle of a math lesson, showing my kids how much you can save when you use coupons.
5. Homeschoolers stay in their pajamas all day.
Oh, come on! We’re not gonna go to Target in our pajamas!
6. Homeschool moms don’t get any chores done.
On the contrary, “Chores” is a required subject in our school.
7. Sleeping in and starting school at 11 am is normal.
Not entirely true. We’ve indulged in some late starts, but my kids probably end up doing more school than I did as a kid, working through summer breaks and an occasional Saturday. And forget about taking a sick day ... if my kid starts feeling better by lunch, it’s time to crack open those books.
8. Homeschool moms don’t get any breaks.
Sure I do! When my husband gets home from work, it’s “Wrestle with Daddy” time ... also known as P.E. class.
9. All homeschoolers come from a big family.
We have 5 kids. What? Is that considered “big”?
10. Homeschool moms have it all together.
We don’t. Some days, I want to hit the snooze button one more time. Or, I want to be excused from class. Or, I’m the one having a meltdown.
But my students are very forgiving. They know that Teacher Mommy doesn’t always have it together, but she’s doing her best. And though they would vote for me as their favorite teacher [Do they have a choice? ;-) ], they really deserve the greater honor of Class of the Year.
What do you think about homeschoolers?
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