In my last post, I discussed five fears that many parents have as they consider their first step into homeschooling. Finding the truth about homeschooling can be hard in a culture that has so many fears and misunderstandings. Fears that include how to manage the schedule, the kids, the subjects, parenting and the pressure to ensure that their kids will succeed. If you missed it, read this to learn the truth about homeschooling, how homeschooling actually removes much of that pressure and makes scheduling and family time easier rather than more difficult.
Today, we continue the look at homeschooling fears. My hope is to provide peace of mind to new homeschoolers and help you see that most of the fears we experience when we consider homeschooling are actually quite easy to conquer.
Because homeschooling is the only educational model that allows you to truly cater to the gifts and abilities of your children while also ensuring that they get what they need to succeed in those areas of struggle. So read on and find out why homeschooling is the fastest growing educational trend in America and why you can put your fears aside!
5 Fears and the Truth about Homeschooling
Fear: I am not ‘qualified’ to teach every subject my child will need.
Reality: Homeschooling families have the ability to find experts in each and every subject.
Let’s face it–there are some subjects that we just cannot seem to get excited about. Whether it is because we are not “qualified” or because they just don’t appeal to us, the thought of serving as teacher can be daunting. But in today’s world of strong homeschool networks, brick and mortar co-op classes, and online homeschools, this is not an issue. Homeschoolers today have immediate access to experts in any subject. And with homeschool partners like Bridgeway Academy, those experts can be live and online, asynchronous classes that you can access any time, or an advisor who supports you all year long. Either way, the reality is–you don’t have to be an expert–you just need the right partner!
Fear: My home is going to turn into just a place for academics.
Reality: Our kids have time for creative play and unique interests.
Ever notice how it is often a few weeks into summer before our kids start finding creative ways to play together? Ever wondered why? Think about it–during the school year our kids just don’t have time for creative play. They are so busy with school work, activities, sports, etc. that downtime all too often becomes screen time or veg time. But when our kids have extra time, they learn to spend it creatively–building forts, creating art, pursuing their unique talents and interests, computer programming, cooking, etc. The truth about homeschooling is that it creates life long learners who are excited and engaged, ready to take on new learning challenges.
Fear: My younger children will miss out on Mommy time.
Reality: Younger children will learn from older siblings.
If you are the parent of a larger family, managing the academics and the toddlers does take some dedication. But involve them and you will be amazed at what they can learn. The truth about homeschooling is that your family will grow closer together and develop stronger bonds as they work together. Older children learn responsibility and leadership as they bond with their younger siblings. And younger children begin to show an interest in reading, writing and math just to keep up with their older siblings.
Fear: My kids will miss out on socialization.
Reality: Homeschoolers enjoy better socialization, less unhealthy peer pressure and much less bullying.
Want to know the truth about homeschooling when it comes to the biggest myth, socialization? Research continues to show that homeschoolers are much better prepared socially than their public and private school peers. Why? Because socialization for homeschoolers often means opportunities to interact and engage with kids of all ages, to get involved in clubs and activities that challenge them to push harder, and to interact much more closely and one on one with adults who serve as teachers and mentors. Add in the support group activities, special field trips and opportunities to develop their special talents and interests and you end up with kids who are more confident, self-assured and ready to face the world.
Fear: My kids will not have the opportunity to develop their character without learning to deal with difficult kids and situations at school.
Reality: Homeschooling gives parents much more time to teach kids character and values.
Homeschooling affords much more time to train our kids to respond well in any situation. We have opportunities to build character education into our day-to-day activities, lessons and interactions. We often organize field trips and special tours for homeschool groups and we always receive the same feedback–they are the most pleasant and respectful group of kids they have ever enjoyed.
After more 20+ years of working with homeschoolers; after homeschooling my own children right into college; and after seeing how incredibly individualized homeschooling can be, there is no question that homeschooling provides an incredible education that is unmatched in any other educational environment.
Homeschooling is not for everyone, but if your uncertainty stems out of any of the above reasons, give us a call at 800-863-1474. We would love to work with you to find the right homeschool fit for you and your family.