I am a huge advocate of homeschooling and will encourage it every chance I get! However, that doesn’t mean that I am against public schooling, and know homeschooling isn’t for everyone.
My love for homeschooling began back in 2008 when my oldest was only 3. It was time to send him to pre-kindergarten, when I felt that God laid homeschooling on my heart and wouldn’t shush about it until I began to pursue it. I spent countless hours researching every aspect of homeschooling that I could find. Despite an overwhelming amount of resources, we decided to send him to public school. The next four years were spent battling the fears of homeschooling, fighting my desire to homeschool, and correcting seemingly endless public school issues. It became a cycle of registering, transferring, and ultimately withdrawing him.
Once we made the final decision to homeschool, I found peace within myself. Fast forward four more years and I can proudly say homeschooling was the best decision we have ever made.
If you’re considering homeschooling, here are a few answers to common concerns:
- Yes, it’s legal. Each state has different laws and requirements which you can find here: https://www.hslda.org/laws/
- Fear is normal, but don’t let it hinder you.
- There are thousands of resources for homeschoolers….literally thousands.
- Homeschooling is not made up of just one teaching method. There are many different methods which is essential, because there are many different types of learners.
- Homeschooled kids do not lack social skills. They have differing personalities just like non-homeschooled kids do. Some are shy, and some outgoing. If anything, they have better social skills….or at least that’s what people say about my kids, with the exception of my daughter who is shy like I was as a child. Look at me now!
- Homeschooled kids have friends. With so many things to involve them in from homeschool groups, to co-ops, to extracurricular activities, they will be overwhelmed with friends.
If you have a question that were not answered here, feel free to comment below, or you can send me a message me on Facebook or Instagram (Rangel Rascals).
This is my first homeschooling post, and will not be my last. In the near future I’ll be starting a field trip series, creating lists (I love lists), sharing “out of the box” lesson ideas, and so much more! Subscribe to our blog for updates, or follow us on Facebook. The Rangel Rascals