10 things most assumed about homeschoolers!
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This week, I want to introduce you to homeschool and the top ten assumptions people make.
10. Kids are forced to homeschool: Most homeschoolers have asked to be homeschooled, or have chosen that due to their lifestyle.
9. Homeschool is done for religious purposes: I can’t say sometimes it isn’t. But most of the time it is done for unreligious purposes, such as a child having bullying problems at school or a child finding schoolwork too easy. Some have chosen it due to their life style.
8. Homeschooling is about sitting at a desk and doing work: Excuse me, but that is what public school is about. Some homeschoolers may sit at a desk and do work, but I promise, it won’t be for seven hours a day!
7. There aren’t many homeschoolers: This is a very false assumption. The estimated number of homeschoolers in our state alone from 2008-2009 was 26,146. That’s a lot for one state!
6. Kids that homeschool have disabilities: Just because someone is homeschooled doesn’t mean they have a disability. What does it matter if they do? Homeschooled children are very intelligent. The more special the better!
5. Homeschoolers miss out on a lot of public school experiences: Not true! There are homeschool proms, clubs and co-ops. Homeschool kids get as many, if not more, experiences as public school children.
4. Homeschooling is too difficult: This is something that many people assume. But you can do it! If your child is having problems at school, don’t hesitate to help them.
3. Homeschoolers won’t have careers: This information is from familyeducation.com from a study partially funded by the Department of Education: “For younger students this (grade level) is a one year lead. By the time homeschool students are in eighth grade, they are four years ahead of their public/private school counterparts.”
2. Homeschoolers don’t learn anything: Homeschoolers learn many things from life skills, such as cooking and cleaning at an early age. They are each very intelligent in their own way,
1. This is easily the assumption most made-that homeschoolers aren’t socialized! I’ve had experiences where people have asked how we’re social. I always reply that we are active in co-op, see friends weekly and have extra activities we do to meet new people. This shows that homeschoolers are social as well as public school children!
This is my opinion on homeschooling and I’m proud to stick with it! Our family is very active. I myself take voice lessons, do a weekly co-op, have gatherings at friends’ homes once a week, play piano and take field trips. As of now, I’m pursuing an interest in writing. I’ve hope I’ve shown you that homeschooling is quite the opposite of what people may think.
(On number nine, that is not meant to be anything against homeschool done for religious reasons. What I was trying to show people is that it isn't only done just for that!)