random homeschool talk

I was told a few months ago on a status I made about homeschooling (on fb) by a girl I attended school with, that she wished that the state would place some sort of “guidelines” on homeschool. I took this to mean that she wants the state to dictate what I should teach my children. That’s why I homeschool in the first place. I want to be able to teach them what I think they should learn. In my opinion, so much that is taught in schools now is unnecessary. Most of the school year is spent studying for state tests. I don’t fault the teachers at all. They are just doing what they have to do in order to keep their jobs. In the state I am in, homeschooled students are not required to take the standardized tests and I am very thankful for that. I like the freedom I have with homeschooling. If one of my children doesn’t understand something, I can work with them until they do. I don’t have to be in a hurry.
This same person also told me that some colleges are starting to not accept GEDs. I am not sure how true that is but I don’t know why she is assuming my children will have to get a GED in the first place. I just think people should do their research before expressing their opinions on a subject that they know very little about.

I have found that most people who criticize homeschooling are either jealous because they can’t homeschool their kids or because they don’t understand it. My mom was one of those people who just didn’t understand why I would want to homeschool when we live in a good school district. But after seeing how much Trey learned last year, she was convinced it was the best thing for him. And I had my doubts about letting Rhiannon homeschool. I thought she’d get bored not being around her friends or wouldn’t do her school work. She has surprised me though. She keeps up with her friends via internet and phone. She does her school work without being told. She also helps around the house without complaining.
I think most kids do so much better whenever they are allowed to finish their work in a few hours and then have the rest of the day to do what they want (as long as they do their chores).

With all of this being said, I do not think my kids are better than kids who go to public school. My oldest still goes to public school. That his choice though. He’s a junior and he wants to finish school with his classmates. As long as that makes him happy, then that’s what matters to me 🙂 .

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  1. I totally agree with you. I homeschooled my oldest son for his second half of kindergarten and had every intention of continuing indefinitely. He ended up wanting to go to public first grade and honestly, my husband and I, both working full-time, were not able to dedicate the time it deserves.

    I miss homeschooling and I especially miss how he thrived. He’s in the gifted program at school, which helps him have variety in his education, but his ADHD is causing disruption in the classroom. It’s easier to deal with that at home.

    When we were homeschooling, NOBODY understood what we were doing or why. If i could stay at home, i’d give him the option to homeschool again.
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