If you’re new to homeschooling or just considering home education, you may have fallen prey to more than a few homeschool myths and misunderstandings without even knowing it. Some should make you laugh, like “homeschool moms all wear jean skirts.” And some should make you downright angry, like “homeschooled kids are weird and unsocialized.” But, there are other homeschool myths that spark questions you may find yourself asking, like “will my kids get into college?” Or, “Are all homeschool families the same?” We’re here to debunk homeschool myths that keep families from jumping into and making one of the best choices you could make for your family, the choice to educate your children at home. If you’re wondering “why homeschool” and worry you’ll be isolated, read on because this post is for you.
Why Homeschool and the Myth of Homeschool Uniformity
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: homeschoolers are very different. Some homeschooling families have always wanted to homeschool and began reading homeschooling magazines when their children were infants. Others choose to homeschool later because of life circumstance, having an elite athlete, or bullying. The number one choice for homeschooling currently is “concern about the environment of other schools.” And, for this reason, and many others, there are over 2.3 million homeschoolers in the USA alone. So, never fear that you’ll be isolated when you’re homeschooling. Chances are there are homeschool mentors, co-ops, and friends right around your corner!
Homeschoolers are vastly different in their styles as well. Some use curriculum from one publisher, like Alpha Omega or BJU Press. Others mix and match what they like based on each child’s needs. Still, others choose online programs from accredited partners. Whatever homeschooling curriculum or style you use, you’ll be successful if you make sure that it matches your child’s learning style and your teaching preferences. Teaching to learning styles makes a huge difference when it comes to education, so be sure to learn more about the styles and discover your student’s style before choosing a curriculum.
Whatever style you choose, you’ll be in good company because homeschoolers outperform public school students in ALL content areas on standardized testing. Homeschoolers are more likely to graduate high school and get into the college of their choice. Once there, homeschoolers are more likely to stay all 4 years and graduate on time. Need more reasons? Download this free resource on how homeschooling compares to public schools and why you should consider homeschooling your children.
So, what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to jump into homeschooling but still feel like you need support and accreditation, call us today. Bridgeway Academy has been helping new and experienced homeschoolers to successfully and uniquely homeschool their children, their way, You’ll get the support and accreditation you need without losing the flexibility you want!
Why did you choose to homeschool? Tell us in a comment below!