Long before we had children we had decided to homeschool. If anyone has genuine questions about homeschooling I am happy to answer and encourage them. But, over the years I have been surprised at what people are willing to say about homeschoolers so I wanted to share some and address them.
1) “Homeschoolers are lazy” – I heard this for years, but now that I am in the middle of the homeschool world this one makes me laugh. The sheer amount of hours that I see parents putting in to find the best curriculum for their children is intense. There are so many learning styles and choices and levels. A school teacher has one grade to plan, I know some moms with kids in 5 grades that amaze me. I print, laminate and prep for all work we do outside of workbooks from her curriculum. I spend hours on the Internet reading reviews and finding what will work best for our girls. My husband and are constantly talk about what curriculum we are going to buy and use and what would be best for our girls.
2) “Homeschooled kids are weird” – Guess what? In home, public or private school there are all kinds of kids – where they are educated doesn’t change personality traits. I can’t believe in this age of “tolerance” that it’s okay for people to paint homeschooled kids into a box.
3) “Homeschool families are religious wackos” – When I hear this comment I realize that the speaker or writer really doesn’t have exposure to the homeschool world. In my experience a lot of homeschoolers do it for religious reasons, but the religions are varied. And plenty of agnostics and atheists homeschool their children. Up until 100 years ago or so everyone was homeschooled!
4) “Homeschool kids just sit home all day watching TV” – Perhaps this is true for some, but our daughter went to Museum school and Chinese school a couple hours a week last year. Over the years we have done mommy and me music lessons, dance, gymnastics, art and swim lessons. Plus our children are involved in the volunteer work that we do so they are learning how to be a part of helping our community and world.
5) “You don’t have a degree in education, you aren’t qualified” – Who knows my child better than my husband and I? We are involved and constantly discussing what our daughter is learning and areas where she is weak. Then we can focus more on those things while giving her one on one attention.
6) “Homeschoolers don’t get into college” – The facts are that homeschoolers not only get into college, but many start their college education concurrent to finishing high school. In our area colleges are recruiting homeschoolers and offering scholarships.
Now I saved the most unbelievable for last. This was actually said to me on facebook by a public school teacher.
7) “You are abusing your child by homeschooling her.” – She was completely serious and I was astounded by how narrow minded this viewpoint is. She went on to tell me that no matter how many classes I put our child in it would never compare to the public school environment to teach my child. And then she threw in the “socialization” rhetoric to add to why I was wrong. Because clearly having 25 other 5 year olds would be the BEST choice for learning social skills.
Obviously homeschooling is the choice we have found best for our family. I hope as homeschooling grows we will find a time when homeschoolers will hear these comments less and less.
I had to laugh because we Homeschool in Texas and I had a public school teacher get on to me on Facebook as well. I still pray for her:).
My dad was a public school teacher when I started homeschooling my two boys. He gave me many of those points as to why I should put them in public school. By the end of the first year, he was telling the supt. of schools how smart my boys were and that I was teaching them! We’re about to start our 5th year of homeschooling and this year we live with my parents. My dad has retired and will be helping me teach the boys this year. We’ve come a long way, baby!
That’s the best thing to do – show them their wrong. Those who pay attention always come around because they realize how well it really does work! 🙂
I laughed as well. My mom homeschooled us all 13 years of our education, and I’m sure she heard most all of these!
I am starting my daughter in K this year, and it is funny, because people just assume she is going to PS. Sad thing is my daughter usually then gets all excited because these people will then start talking about all the friends she will make, the bus she will ride, etc. Hmm, maybe I should just make a shirt that says, “I am going to be Homeschooled!” J/K
With my children, I told them they were homeschooled when they were about three years old 🙂 home pre-school 😉 and that way whenever someone asked about them going to “school” THEY would respond with “My mommy already teaches me, I am homeschooled.” And that was it, granted then I would get pointed looks, to which I would meet with a smile and say, “Yes, we homeschool. NO, we are not interested in public school socialization.”
Thank you SO much for sharing this! We are beginning our home school adventure this fall (If that’s what you can call it in TX!! ha!) and I have already faced some of the scrutiny that comes with the the decision to home school. The first person to criticize me was a 25 yr. old first year teacher who has no kids! I cant wait to post this on my Facebook page for all who judge me and my family to see! Hopefully they will read it! I could not have said it better myself!
The socialization one really cracks me up, b/c I would ask that teacher how many times a day she gets on her kids in the classroom for talking! I did an internship, and the kids even got in trouble for talking during lunch in the cafeteria, I mean they really only ‘socialized’ during recess which was like 30min a day, but if they socialized out of turn, their recess was taken away, and on rainy days they sat around and watch icarly…during which time they were not allowed to talk either. socialization in public school is a joke! My kids get much more socialization in the classes and play groups we go to, and amongst his siblings…
Great article! I shared it on Facebook. When I first told my mom that we were going to homeschool, her first words, after a long pause was, “That’s too bad.” We’ve been homeschooling for almost 2 years now and though my kids are still struggling, as am I (actually I am quite certain that the only reason they are struggling is because I am), my mom offered some incredible encouragement to me just a few weeks ago. She said that my kids, especially my oldest, had improved so much behaviorally since we pulled him out of public school. She admitted that, while important, academics wasn’t the most important thing about raising kids. You would probably have to know my mom to appreciate that as much as I did. But the fact that she sees benefits to our homeschooling was most encouraging to me.
I’d like to continue to encourage you in what you are doing. If I read this correctly you started your education journey outside of your home and then brought it into your home. I did the same thing. It took me about two years to get attitudes and such under control and for things to run more smoothly. Another thing that throws a curve into this is the fact that you and I didn’t start with pre-k at home. I have three kids. The older two started in school and went to 3rd and 5th grades. My youngest only went to pre-k outside the home. Bringing them back from outside schooling is rather like inheriting three kids of varying ages all at once. It’s a tougher transition but you can do it. You have already taken the plunge and are committed and that’s the biggest part of the battle. It’ll take some time but you’ll get there. I have faith in you. I like to use AOP (alpha omega publications). They have a curriculum you can order or if you prefer they offer computer run curriculum. I don’t see this as a shortcut but as a tool. Depending on your responsibilities and on your personalities etc you may need to spend a lot more time with non education things so curriculum planning and grading don’t have as much time as you need. The computer version does most of the grading for you. It has been a great tool for me because my husband owns his own business and I don’t always have the time others do to be home and plan out curriculums etc. Remember enjoy your kids and your day. Don’t let the ‘teacher’ be the teacher let mom be the teacher. PS I don’t like the Math curriculum they offer so I use aleks.com. Hang in there.
Just as Laura encouraged you I’d like to do the same! The beginning is definitely the toughest! We’ve homeschooled for 11 years and the first year was by far the hardest – mostly because our daughter had been in public school for two years already. It just gets easier and easier as you go though and the rewards are HUGE. 🙂 Don’t give up! You can do it!!
And I can relate to the compliment from your mom. My mom doesn’t compliment easily either and she’s said stuff a few times about what a great job we’ve done and she brags about us to others – and this is all huge if you know our family!! 🙂
I am sitting here reading and looking at the first pictures and Im thinking to myself I have seen this before. Then I see Nadia! Thanks Louanne for a great article. I look up to you in so many ways! Love you girl
I am starting my son this year with homeschooling. He is going into K wondering if you picked out your curriculum? I am still researching but need to buy it soon. Any suggestions ???
Alicia – yes I do have our K stuff picked out. Nadia is finishing the http://www.criticalthinking.com Pre K pack (we didn’t quite finish before all our summer stuff started) – as soon as that is done we will order the K/1st grade bundle. We are doing the Math U See primer level. The Latin Road to English Grammer for phonics and reading. (we tried how to teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons and she struggled a lot). And then for fun I ordered the Atlier Art program. http://www.homeschoolart.com/index.html
All of this is based on her learning style and what we learned from her preschool stuff. I also use a lot of stuff off other homeschool websites. Lapbooks and unit studies.
Sorry, we are doing the Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading. The Latin part is later.
I love eagles wings alphabet island reading curriculum for starting out and also math u see for math. I love critical thinking skills also to fill in those gaps. Every child is different so some things work better for them than others. If you do quick searches on these you can take a closer look to see if they might fit for you. I’m so excited for you. The memories of teaching my kids to read still fills me with joy!
What gets me is the “you’re not qualified”. As a mom who has public schooled & private schooled, it was not until I started homeschooling that I realized how deficient I was in knowing what, when, & how my kids should have been learning. I just put trust in the school and never thought to become knowledgeable enough of a “consumer” to know if my kids were being shorted or not. There’s so much good homeschooling information these days that most parents of institutionally educated kids have no excuse for being ignorant about methods of education and the claim their kids have on them to give them the best in a stage-appropriate manner. So who is “not qualified” to be overseeing their kids education, the parent who thoroughly knows what their kids should be learning or the one who blindly hopes for an ambiguously good outcome?
Thank you so much for this comment!
Excellently put. Personally, I believe parents who are not homeschoolers are intimidated by the idea that some parents might care enough to put forth the tremendous effort to homeschool their children. That is why you hear so many baseless “objections” to homeschooling. As for employees of the public school system, they are intimidated by the fact that homeschoolers don’t require their continued employment. Also, they feel they are being judged less capable or caring than homeschooling parents. I believe these constitute a typical knee-jerk reaction that any of us might experience if our roles were reversed. However, whenever anyone gives any serious thought to the benefits of homeschooling they will agree (sometimes grudgingly) that it is a “good thing”.
– Big Daddy Andy
Yes and yes!
I actually had someone tell me she could pick out a home school child in a room because they always stood out because they were a little off. I was so stunned especially since I had just told her we home school. I refused to talk to her after that but I wish I had a great comeback at the time:(
just wow at how utterly dumb some people are. I hope she reads this comment. I went to public school and there were A LOT of kids who were “a little off.” (or rather – A LOT off) 😉
Personally, I *want* my kids to be just a little “off”. Maybe not in the sense that they’re picking their nose in public or anything, but I definitely want them to worry less about social norms and more about finding their own way. I know she didn’t mean that in a complimentary way, but she shows a silly bias toward fitting in. I’ve never seen the value in it, myself.
I agree with you Cindy. I’m not too sure but I think Jesus didn’t fit it.
Cracking up at the nose-picking part! lol! I’m with you though – I don’t want my kids to “fit in” with those in the public school system. I’ve seen the way some of those kids act and heard they way they talk and I would be all over my kids if they behaved that way! I want them to stand out because they’re good kids, respectful, intelligent, and well-behaved.
Absolutely on the mark!!
Has anyone ever thought the men that signed the Declaration of Independence normal. I mean really who would take on a world power and declare they were done with following the same path that the government deemed the only way. I chose to home school because it was my families choice, period.. My extended family was not on board at first but my dad did run into a situation where a co worker was complaining that the state of NM was running out of money and they were going to cut the education funding, blahh, blahh. They could not even teach his boy, a fifth grader to read. My dad said well my grand-kids can all read that are school age, even the four year old can read easy readers. Their schools make it with much less funding than a school teacher makes in one year. What school do they go to ? was asked, Oh, all my 3 girls home school. he smiled. ( I love you, papa, bragging about your grand-kids!) All of us girls found homeschooling in our own way, I think the real connection in our choice was the independence fostered in our raising. Independence and courage to travel an unknown path, is what stirs in my heart when I talk to others about HS.
I had to laugh at the thought of picking out a homeschooled child out of a room! Are they wearing a sign? We have homeschooled for 5 years now, and our children are heavily involved in competitive sports. Each time we start on a new team we try to hold off on announcing that we homeschool (so that people can judge us and our children without the homeschool piece). Inevitably, people are surprised to find that we homeschool. It seems as though we are “normal” enough that people can’t peg our children out of a crowd!
I am a homeschooling mom of 3 boys and I take my role very seriously. Each of us are examples of the homeschooling community. Prior to this year, I would have been offended by any of the remarks that you wrote, but I am meeting more and more homeschooling families that do not take their role seriously. They joke that they haven’t done anything for weeks, etc. When you choose to homeschool, it is a “lifestyle”, not a “to do list”. I am not talking about the “unschooling” method, which can be a great way to teach if you have that type of personality. I am becoming more and more concerned that this “right” to homeschool is going to be taken away from us because of those who abuse it. These sterotypes may be funny and not apply to most of homeschoolers (especially ones that follow homeschooling blogs) but after this year, I understand more why people say some of these things (not the weird one, that’s just mean and you’re so right about tolerance). Thanks for your blog!
Coffee- thanks for your comments and I agree that we are all examples. None of these offended me so much as they surprise me that people are willing to say them.
I guess offended is not the right word. I should have said that I am not surprised anymore. I understand more where they are coming from. It also seems to be the culture that everyone feels that they have to express their opinion, no matter what kind of setting. I have talked to women my mom’s age (60/70’s) and they say that they didn’t have to deal with all the criticism’s we do now. As a culture as a whole, we tend to be really hard on each other.
Agreed. And ultimately any sort of technological setting adds to that. Like the woman who told me it was abusive did it via FB. I can’t really see she would have said that to me face to face in front of my kids.
Sadly…. I am insulted by all the stereo-typing comments. I am not angered by them and I do not retaliate either, but I feel I have every right to be offended. My question is this? In what aspect or endeavor in life is there a guarantee that people will step up to the plate 100 % of the time? There is no such guarantee. There is failure in every realm of life because all these realms involve human beings. There are an insanely large amount of high school graduates that don’t know how to read. They don’t know anything proper about the constitution or about government; the list could go on. Yet…. people every year enroll their children in PS. I don’t walk up to a PS parent and say…”Gosh, you realize that every day you send your child into a hostile atmosphere that every year results in more and more suicides?”… or … “You realize that more and more children in PS are on depresssion meds?” etc. That list could be a mile long. One of my highschool teachers used to hand back our tests/quizes and make sure that we had a minimum passing grade by having us correct enough of the test/quiz to generate the grade. He also regularly left class early to run errands and then would return before the end of the class period. I guess what I’m getting at is neither system is perfect, both are filled with flaws and flawed people, but before people open their mouths out of ignorance they should educate themselves.
On the losing our rights….. I agree. I would hate that and it would be a terrible loss to the homeschooling community, but that is something that we should fight super hard for and I’m thankful that we have the “Texas Home School Coalition” to fight for us here in Texas.
About that religious wacko thing? I plead guilty. :0)
I have also heard many of these, but no one has ever called us lazy, thankfully. It amazes me that as you talk to more and more people who know homeschoolers, that these stereotypes still crop up at times.
As far as college, our two older children have both received large scholarships to attend small private colleges. They scored high on the ACT test and have been awarded many scholarships. They have continued their academic careers by being on the Dean’s list with 4.0 GPA’s. I’m not saying this to pump us up, but rather to those moms reading this who have younger or even junior high age kids that are looking at high school and wondering if they can do it, is it the best. IT IS!! Do sell yourself short, or your kids! You can do it!! They will be as well prepared as public school kids, if not more so, for college! Homeschooling creates an enviornment to learn, and they will carry that with them as they grow up.
Congratz on the scholarships! (I think you meant “don’t sell yourself short” – darn typos always hit us just when we’re gettin’ hot!)
Louanne, your article is awesome. And everyone’s comments are spot-on. Obviously at my age (almost 60) I went to public schools. In the 50s and early 60s in California I did receive an awesome education. Frankly, in k-12 in CA in the 50s/60s, I received a better education than many others who have gone through college. I think homeschooling is extremely difficult and can be extremely well done, or horribly done. I’ve seen both, but I have also seen both in public AND private schools!. I commend you all for the endless hours you put in to teaching your children. Whatever you chose to do now and in the future, it will take your continued involvement and time and concern. I know you are looking for the very best for your children.
Two years ago we switched over from homeschooling because we felt that we didn’t fit in with the school system : ) to homeschooling because it was fun!
We regularly play in the local college gym on Tuesdays in winter, and eat our lunch in their dining hall. We are a large, raucous bunch, and as I walked by a group of older (teachers?) sitting together, one caught my eye and asked why we do it. Why do we homeschool. I thought about it, looked at the group, and said, “because it’s fun!” That caught them off guard.
It’s true, though, and kind of slices through all the negativity sometimes thrown our way as homeschoolers.
I love that you love it and it’s fun. I agree.
I would like to point out, that most homeschoolers I know don’t even WATCH TV! We watch family approved movies together one or two nights a week, but we haven’t watched TV in over a year! I don’t see why I would be homeschooling and letting my kids get exposed to the brainwashing and sexual behavior in TV programs and commercials.
And YEAH, my kids aren’t going to be “socialized” by the state. But, I’m glad. That is one of the REASONS I homeschool!
“Socialization (or socialisation) is a term used by sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, political scientists and educationalists to refer to the process of inheriting norms, customs and ideologies. It may provide the individual with the skills and habits necessary for participating within their own society; a society develops a culture through a plurality of shared norms, customs, values, traditions, social roles, symbols and languages. Socialization is thus ‘the means by which social and cultural continuity are attained’.” -Wikipedia
See? Now I don’t want my kids brought up to believe in what the GOVERNMENT values.
I am going to go a little religious here. In the time of Noah, he would have been considered “unsocialized” for not participating in the evils going on around him. I don’t want my kids participating in the “socialization” to drugs, sex, violence, peer pressure, bullying, etc,,,,,that the public schools think is “good” for them.
My children are CHILDREN and I plan to let them continue being CHILDREN, they aren’t emotionally, mentally, or physically ready to deal with these adult issues.
And if any moron out there thinks my children won’t be able to have a conversation with anyone because they are homeschooled, well there is a reason I called them a moron. My kids have the ability to have conversations with people of ALL AGES! Not just kids 18 months in age from them! BOOOYAH! (I’m getting fired up!)
I’ve heard all of this before too. Thankfully not always directed towards me because I have tended to react angrily to stupid comments like this and ended up handling it in a way that I wish I hadn’t. ugh. It just amazes me in this day and age that people STILL say things like this and think these things. And the most amazing thing to me is that most people who say these kinds of things don’t know anything about homeschooling, don’t know many – if ANY – homeschoolers, and yet they feel qualified to spout out this nonsense.
Our daughter graduated this year and honestly one of the most exciting things about that is to be able to PROVE to people that it really does work. Just as you mentioned in your post, not only did she get into college but she was recruited by colleges all over the country and she received a full academic scholarship to the university she chose. So saying that homeschoolers can’t get in is just ridiculous. And we can prove it. 😉
Donetta – that is fantastic!!!! Congratulations!
Thanks, Louanne. 🙂
I am glad I read this post. I live in TX and we are planning on homeschooling our daughter. We are not religious and we have heard many things about homeschooling from parents who do not homeschool. I feel much better in my choice now and I know that I am not alone.
You are so not alone. I am a Christian and religious, but people don’t have to be all that to want a homeschooling environment. I hope you feel confident that you can handle the job. There is no feeling better than coming home to a peaceful house where your children know you and want to be around you; where they respect your thoughts and opinions; where they desire to have conversations with you and learn from your life experiences. I love my kids and more than that I love to be around them as much as possible. I never have the thoughts that plague so many parents….. “when can I get away from them…. when does school start back up….” etc. PS… They are age: 21 female, 19 male and 14 male. Don’t let people fool you into thinking that teens are so hard! Yes it is a change in them and times are more trying than normal because it is an adjustment into adulthood and all the things that go with figuring that out, but it’s not the nightmare that others make it out to be. This anyway has been my experience.
Exactly, Laura!! It makes me sad to hear parents say they can’t wait till their kids go back to school – especially those who say it right in front of their kids!! Can you imagine what kind of message that sends to them!! And I love what you’ve said about teens too. That’s something that bugs me – how everyone says the teen years are so horrible. They are NOT if you invest the time and energy that is needed to build strong relationships. Ours are almost 19 and almost 16 and they are fantastic kids and we love being around them!! 🙂
Aprile – you are not alone. And don’t let anyone tell you different. There are secular curriculums if you are looking for that too. Our family is Christian and there are secular choices like the Critical Thinking stuff that we use and so on. Enjoy!
I really enjoyed your article – and all the comments! My husband and I ‘jobshare’ at home, and I do a bit of relief (substitute) teaching at a nearby school. Believe me, on our most unproductive days, I am still convinced that there is NOTHING better for our children than to be learning at home. Public school is FULL of children who should be at home, being nurtured and loved by their parents, and who are just not ready for ‘school’ – usually in the social arena too (and mostly boys). School is for a particular type of learning style only (although it would argue otherwise), and it is really only good for children who are able to sit quietly in one spot, write on the lines, colour in inside the lines, and be a puppet. There is no time for children to really grasp concepts, as there is a timetable to teach to (‘sorry dear if you don’t understand division, but we have to do geometry next week’). It is not a place for children (generally) to grow in self esteem, learn to associate with children/people of any age, think for themselves, use their time wisely, value the opinions of others… I could go on.
I just love spending time with our children, and love seeing them learn and develop at their own pace without having to be compared or boxed in. So what if my 8 year old (boy) wants to sew soft toys, and dress them up as characters from the history we’ve been doing? Or my 13 yo prefers classical music over rap to be on his MP3 and has done some fabulous research on composers and the times they lived in?
Homeschooling ROCKS! It is the BEST choice for you and your children!!! (ok, so some days are hard – but would they be any more difficult if they were at school? 🙂 )
Andrea – Thanks. I don’t know if you saw my bio, but I run a mentorship program for at risk kids at a local elementary school. This fall will be my 6th year and I get what you are saying because I am in the school each week. The staff wants to do right by the kids, but time and the sheer number of children is overwhelming!
Hi Louanne – I didn’t (read your bio, but I will now 🙂 )and you are so right. It is such a tough job for them, too, and they work sooo hard.
Good on you for making a difference out there!
Actually, I did read it – i just read it again and thought “Oh! I’ve read this!” lol
Loved your article!! I am a first time homeschooler starting in the fall with my 5th grader so I have heard a lot of this in the past couple of months. And I don’t even know all of the things that are being said behind my back. But I really don’t care because I am so sure that this is the right thing for our family and I am so excited to start this journey with him!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to get started and I love it when people ask me why I made the decision!! I even started a blog because I loved to talk about it so much that I was worried that people were sick of hearing about it!!
Hi I was just wondering where you got that plastic cover insert?!?! that your daughter is using with the dry erase marker and batman worsheet?
Thanks again… wonderful site!!
I bought it at Mardel Bookstore. It’s one of the best things I ever bought for doing school.
Here is the link on Mardels site: http://www.mardel.com/reusable-dry-erase-pocket.aspx
Amazon also has them in larger packages which I bought for the mentorship program that I run. I give one to each of my mentors and they can do a practice round with the kids.
Love Love Love this post. I find myself hesitant to tell people we are homeschooling because I don’t want to deal with the comments, but I need to speak up because I don’t want my kids to think it’s something to be ashamed of. There are so many misconceptions out there about homeschooling. Yes, maybe my kids will end up “weird” compared to others their age..but is that a bad thing? When the norm includes kids talking about drugs and premarital sex and boys/girls etc etc..I hope my kids can find something better to talk about when they’re older! People think that homeschooling is sheltering too much…but I want to make sure I train up my kids well enough so they know how to deal with our crazy world as they mature, instead of just throwing them in, sink or swim, and hoping for the best. Thanks again!
Funny thing about that socialization comment. I was in trouble EVERY day at school for talking to my neighbor. And EVERY day the teacher would tell me to “turn around in my chair and stop talking. I was there to learn and not to socialize!” Apparently socialization has been added to the curriculum since my school days.
YEAH! you tell them louanne! 🙂
My two oldest were half way through 5th grade & kindergarten when I took them out to homeschool. I remember one of my daughter’s 5th grade teachers pulling me to the side & giving me reassurance & offering his help outside of school. Then he proudly told me that he & his wife planned to homeschool their children when they were old enough. I know I’m not perfect & that we have our strengths & weaknesses. But I also know that homeschooling has given not just my children but our family (& extended family) an education that they could never have gotten
us that plan to h/s exclusively”. I was shocked. I love homeschooling my children but I truly don’t believe anyone can say that they know that they will always h/s. We never know what life will bring. But I’m proud to say that 9yrs later with struggles, trials & even more successes, we are still a homeschool family. I chose to do this as a single parent & that has probably been the most difficult part for our family because I often don’t have the funds for the h/s groups, classes or activities. But if you ask me, hearing any parent say “oh, I could never do that” just breaks my heart. Homeschoolers tend to be more worldly & compassionate children because they are living & being a part of the world & not just watching it go by from inside a classroom!
Several times we have been in situations where people have quizzed our kids to see how smart they are. “Quick, what is 12X7? Name the provinces, List off the Prime ministers.” etc. And the worst is when people come to visit and ask to see our children’s work. Would they walk up to someone whose children are in the school system and say, “Show me your math book.” Not likely. One of my boys responded with, “I didn’t know this quiz was coming so I forgot to study.” I usually tell people that our children cover a wide range of studies and activities so giving one sample is not an accurate picture of what we accomplish each day. I used to feel embarrassed or afraid I wouldn’t measure up to their expectations (26 years ago). Now I know that I am not here to please others. I am here to teach my family as God leads and to the best of our abilities. I answer to God and my husband, not the general public. That said, many many people are warm and supportive and our overall experience has been a wonderful one.
I guess the comment would be, “All homeschooler’s are bug-eyed geniuses.” And my answer would be, “Not at our house!”