“Oh you homeschool?”, and then that look. You know the one. The one where they look at you like you are crazy, or they feel sorry for you, or both.
Why do people judge homeschoolers? We aren’t doing anything that hasn’t been done for hundreds of years. SERIOUSLY….google it. The modern schoolhouse is a new thing. So if anyone should get that strange crazy look it is them, not me.
I am a young mom. I was excited when my oldest daughter had her first day of Kindergarten. In fact, I felt like it was a rite of passage. Everything was falling into place. She went off to school for 6 hours. I got things done and took care of my then 3 year old. Then I went to pick her up.
Somehow, somewhere, someone told us that once our kids turn 5 we hand them over to the school system for 6-8 hours a day 5 days a week to be subjected to whatever the government deems necessary. Not to mention germs, bad influences, and more. If you do the math. You are handing your kid over for roughly 30- 40 hours a week. By the end of the school year that is close to 1300 hours of time that your child is being influence by others that you have no control over.
The big red flag for me?! When my kids couldn’t stay well. They were stressed with homework. We were at school for 7 hours and doing homework until bedtime. We are rushing in and out of the door. Wasting hours in car pick up lines. Our family time was gone. No one was happy, and for what? To send my kids to a school that no longer focuses on reading, writing, and arithmetic? They teach to test …that is it. They are not worried about your child. When Kindergarten starts having standardized testing and no free time….I am OUT! DONE!
My kids hated school. They were raised to love to read, love to learn, and love to explore new things. That love was being extinguished by the “rigorous standards” that the schools were putting into place. I knew I could homeschool them, but it would mean a lot of changes for us. We just didn’t know unless we gave it a whirl.
Within the first 2 months my youngest daughter went from barely reading to reading chapter books. The difference was I wasn’t stressing her out with timers, and she had one on one time to practice. She basically went from not reading to reading all the time. That is just one example.
While we may not be perfect homeschoolers, we are happy. My kids are learning and thriving. The stress that was taking us over is gone. We learn what we want to when we want to. We take field trips, we do things hands on to reinforce learning. My kids do sports, and play with their friends. The best part of all…we do it as a family. We are making memories and bonds that will never be broken. We are better people because we homeschool. There is no turning back for us.