Random Thoughts on Homeschooling

What About Socialization?

Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, I get that. I get so many “Oh, I could never have the patience to do that.” and “How do your kids socialize?” Well for one, patience doesn’t have much to do with it. I don’t have much of it at all. I just want better for my kids. I want better for them than for them to sit in a classroom with 30 other kids for 8 hours a day. I know for a fact that my youngest wouldn’t do well in a classroom setting like that. He has ADHD (regardless of what some people think, it is real) and he would get bored very easily. He isn’t the kind of child who can sit still all day long. And since he homeschools, he doesn’t have to. He can finish his schoolwork and then have the rest of the time to do what he wants. My daughter didn’t care for all the petty drama that goes on in jr high and so she started homeschooling a couple of years ago. She has been able to focus on her school work and not what latest rumor the token mean girl has started. And like my son, she can do her work on her time. She can spend more time on things if she needs to or move to the next if she understands it.
And as for socialization, Rhiannon has friends she made while she was in school. She’s had the same best friend since 6th grade. Trey, on the other hand, makes friends wherever he goes. He can get along with kids of all ages and can hold a conversation with any adult. So they are not lacking in social skills by any means.

State Testing 
I know there are some good schools out there. But from what I’ve seen over the past few years, they focus entirely too much on state testing. Testing that doesn’t really gauge how smart a child is. However, the teachers have to focus on it for more than half the year because if the students don’t score well, it reflects on the teachers and then their jobs on are on the line, which I don’t agree with at all.  There are teachers who want to teach their students things they will actually need to further their education, but they are prevented from doing so by the state. That’s yet another reason I love homeschooling. In my state, kids who are not in public school don’t have to take the state tests.  This is only my opinion but I think those tests do nothing for the students or teachers other than cause more stress than is needed.
I don’t feel like a public school setting could give my kids anymore that what they get from homeschooling. People also feel like homeschooling is too expensive. For me, it’s no more expensive than having to buy uniforms and school supplies. There is plenty of curriculum to choose from that is free or inexpensive. You can also put together your own curriculum.

Free Resources

If you are thinking about homeschooling, here’s a few resources to get you started:

HSLDA: Information about every state and their laws pertaining to homeschooling can be found here.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschooling: My son does some of his schoolwork from this site. It’s free and there’s a ton of stuff here.
Khan Academy: This site has mostly math, but also some science and history. And it’s free!
Discovery K12: My daughter uses this site for her classwork. It’s divided up by grade level and you can log attendance and when an assigment has been finished. It is also free.

If you have any other resources you’d like added to this list, leave me a comment and I will add them here.

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