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Common Homeschooling Misconceptions



September 6th, 2013 by in General with 210 Views

Everybody knows or has heard of someone who was homeschooled or who homeschools their kids.  It is common to have many misconceptions when it comes to this and it is sometimes a topic that people feel weary about.  In 2007 there were 1.5 million children being homeschooled in the United States rising from 850,000 in 1999.  The reasons that parents give for homeschooling their children ranges from religious or moral reasons to concerns about the school environment and dissatisfaction with academic instruction.

1) Homeschoolers don’t have friends

Children that are homeschooled often have friends that are both homeschooled and those who go to regular school.  Just because they are homeschooled doesn’t mean that they do not interact with other children.  These children are often involved in more extra curricular activities where they interact with children outside of the school setting.  Also, there are many local gyms who allow gym classes for homeschool groups so they can interact together and have enough students for games and activities.

2) Home-school parents need to be certified teachers

Anybody can homeschool their children as long as they follow the guidelines set by the state.  However, that being said, there often are many certified teachers homeschooling children either individually or in groups.

3) Homeschoolers never leave the house

The great thing about homeschooling is that you don’t have to be “stuck” in one building for the entire day.  Homeschooled children go on field trips like regular school children to museums, art galleries, zoos and parks.  They can also do work outside during the day if needed.  For example, I saw a homeschooled family the other day participating in art class outside.  They were drawing  & painting pictures of what they would see in their neighborhood and what better spot to do this in but outside.

4) Children have to follow grade-level standards

Though there are general guidelines to follow regarding what needs to be accomplished throughout the year, parents know that children all develop at different speeds.  What one child finds easy another child finds difficult.  With homeschooling you can spend the time to focus on the child’s weaknesses without having to rush ahead to keep on track.  Often time the children are more engaged at home and do better with the lower teacher to student ratio and grasp these concepts quicker than they would in a school setting where they can get lost in the crowd.

 

  • Michael Flash

    I have read this whole thing and I guess if I had to summarize it I would say.. All Home Schoolers are losers!

  • Kristen Trott

    Where I live, there is a “homeschool community.” Even though you are schooled at home, there was activities to get all the homeschoolers together. They rent out gyms and have socials or go to the park. Even though I don’t think I would homeschool my kids, my idea of it has changed over the years.

  • Joseph John

    All Home Schoolers are losers!…. Were you a Home Schooler; Michael??

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    Everything has good side and bad side. I want to tell some good side of Homeschooling.
    Take vacations during the school year and make them educational.
    Share with your children the common, everyday joys of life.
    Protect your children from the negative influences they may encounter outside the home.

  • Sakil Hossen

    I prefer school and homeschooling both. School is always good for kids to learn outside world behavior and make friends, it’s a very important part. Homeschooling is helpful to let kids finish their school homework properly and making sure they’re realizing everything has been teaching to them.