No matter where you stand, the simple mention of the word “homeschool” always seems to evoke a deep emotion. People love it or hate it, live by it or would never try it. At least that’s what I always thought.
In fact, if someone would have told me I was going to homeschool my family, I would have laughed in their face (I think I actually did this) and told them they had lost their mind. Yet here I am… a homeschooling mama, living the homeschool life, joining homeschool communities, and collaborating with other homeschoolers. Who would have thought?
Not Me! That’s why I’ve decided to tell my story and what better way to do that, than to start with you!
You see, I don’t want to pretend to know everything there is to know about homeschool. I don’t want to pretend to tell you the best way to teach your children. I don’t even want to convince you that homeschool is the way to go.
The truth is, I never wanted to homeschool, and most days I am not even sure I still do.
What I do know, is that homeschooling is an adventure. Full of surprises, lessons both in life and in books, and it is full of challenges that both push you outside your comfort zone and stretch your thinking.
I know that anytime I tell people we homeschool our children, we excite some pretty primal responses. We’ve heard positive encouragement such as “way to go” , “that’s awesome”, and “that is so incredible”.
On the flip side, we’ve heard some of the most condescending remarks. One man actually told my children (a librarian, no less) that he felt sorry for them that I was homeschooling them.
You see, everyone has an opinion and no one is afraid to voice that opinion and let it be known. Last night, I decided to ask my Facebook community to tell me the first thing they thought of when they heard the word “homeschool” and the results were amazing and eye opening.
“I say Homeschool… you say….?
You’ve Got the Lovers…
~ We love it!! I live in a city with tons of homeschoolers, so we have lots of support and numerous supplemental programs to choose from.
~ I did with four and ran a preschool program. Now kids are 31, 28,26 and 24. The only problem we encountered is some places do not accept a home school diploma. They are very few. We chose life skills as our main teaching.
~ Successful! Love it
~ You can do it and it will be the best decision you ever make.
~ Awesome! I plan to homeschool. None of this common core crap for my family!
~ The best education your child can get!
~ Best choice ever!
~ Graduated from it
~ I was homeschooled 7,8 grade. Went to public school my freshman year then homeschooled again. Graduated a year early. I loved it!
~ IT ROCKS!!!
~ Heck yeah
~ Love it!
~ Play-based learning!
~ Love it!
~ Individualized teaching and learning
~ Relaxing- We did several years of public preschool and it was like torture for my little guy. He enjoys school now and picks up on so much throughout the day without us even trying.
~ Just starting and can’t wait to dive in.
~ Customized Education for Everyone
You’ve Got the Haters…
~No thank you!
~ No thanks
~ I wish I had the patience!
~ Whatever floats your boat. I have nothing against it, I’ve never really thought about it.
~ I couldn’t!
~ I say public school with plenty of intervention instead.
~ Unless you have a teaching degree that covers all areas of education, let schools do it. As moms we teach our kids all the time. But I don’t feel the majority of parents are qualified to help a student enter college. That and it shelters kids way too much.
~ Socially awkward.
You’ve Got the Undecided…
~ I love the CONCEPT of homeschooling! But I know the reality is I am not organized enough. I am AFRAID that they wouldn’t get everything they need. That and I will admit that so far 2 of the 5 children do better spending the day away from me. They are challenged and can drive other people crazy with their wealth of useless information.
~ Hoping for a new fresh start to what I believe is going to be the best thing we have ever done!
~ I’m from Germany. We don’t have homeschooling there. Now I live in Texas with a 1 year old and am starting to think about it. We’ll see
~ If I have to I will, but I don’t know how you all do it!
~ CURIOUS Is it possible with me working full-time? If so, where to start? How to make sense of all the information found on the internet? Reputable people to seek advice from?
~ Entertaining the idea
~ Just not the right timing yet.
~ Wish I could!
~ Very exited by the prospect
~ Something I’m considering.
So Tell Me… What Do You REALLY Think of Homeschool?
This year, I’ve decided to tell my story. The story of how I went from a hater, to an undecided and slowly am turning into a lover. It hasn’t been easy. It won’t always be easy but I think the story is important. I hope you will share your story with me and our community and follow along as I share ours.
Whether you have chosen to homeschool because you absolutely love it, because you had to, or because its something you are just trying out, it can be an expensive journey. It doesn’t have to be, but it can be as you try new curriculum, fill your home with manipulatives, take field trips, or even just support your family while you stay home to teach them.
That is why I have joined with over 30 other homeschool families to bring you a giveaway of $500 CASH! Yep. You read that right! One lucky winner will win $500 Paypal payment (you will need a paypal account to win)! All you have to do is comment below, telling me your thoughts on homeschool and enter in the form below. Enter once, enter twice… its completely up to you!