Busting Homeschooling Myths
Over the last two years especially, many families have been eager to take their children out of the public schooling system. But then, how do your kids learn?
Homeschooling is a beautiful option that provides quality education as well as quality time. But much of it is misunderstood.
Today, we’re busting the most common myths about homeschooling.
Myth #1: Homeschooled Children are Socially Isolated
This is one of the most common myths about homeschooling. While it’s true that homeschooled children aren’t in a traditional classroom setting with other students their age, it doesn’t mean that they’re socially isolated. Homeschooled children participate in various activities outside the home, such as sports teams, music lessons, church groups, and co-op classes. They also have opportunities to interact with other homeschoolers through support groups, field trips, and extracurricular activities. Many homeschooled children also have close relationships with their siblings and extended family members, and they often develop strong friendships with people of different ages and backgrounds. Mine even started an old-fashioned pen-pal and now have friends overseas! Social media has made the world a much smaller place!
Myth #2: Homeschooled Children Don’t Receive a Quality Education
There is a misconception that homeschooling parents aren’t qualified to teach their children or that the homeschooling curriculum isn’t as rigorous as the traditional school curriculum. However, studies have shown that homeschooled children often outperform their traditionally schooled peers in academic achievement. And the best part? Homeschooling parents have the freedom to tailor their children’s education to their individual needs and interests. They often have more one-on-one time with their children than a traditional teacher would have with a class of 20 or more students. In fact, most parents who homeschool only have to spend an hour or two per day on their curriculum! Homeschooling parents also have access to a wealth of educational resources, such as online classes, educational software, and textbooks. We love the curriculums and materials offered by Oak Meadow Bookstore ! Also, some children learn differently, and homeschooling allows you to cater to their needs, so they continue to LOVE school as opposed to being exposed to only one way of teaching that most public schools have to provide. Want to read more about the different learning styles? Read more here.
Myth #3: Homeschooled Children Can’t Go to College or Get a Job
Another myth about homeschooling is that homeschooled children won’t be able to attend college or get a job because they don’t have a traditional high school diploma. However, homeschooled children can earn a high school diploma through various accredited programs. Many colleges and universities actively recruit homeschooled students because they often have unique skills and experiences that traditional students may not have. Homeschooled children also have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internships, volunteer work, and part-time jobs while they’re still in high school, which can be beneficial when applying for college or entering the workforce. And yes, they even get scholarships!
The bottom line is that YOU CAN DO IT! You will learn a tremendous amount about yourself and your child, and you can create a curriculum that you both will love!