Anyone who has homeschooled for any length of time has likely heard a few of these explanations offered by questioning friends and relatives explaining why they could never homeschool their children. Maybe these responses will convince them they should!
"My kids would drive me crazy."
What would drive me crazy is trying to find quality time to spend with my children after school, homework, soccer practice, piano lessons, and gymnastics are over! Do my kids drive me crazy sometimes? Sure. But why does that have to mean that I want them out of my house for 7-8 hours every day?
"We live in a GREAT school district."
Unfortunately, even GREAT school districts operate under the illusion that all children can learn in a classroom with 20-30 other children, taught by a single teacher who will not begin to fully understand a child's academic needs until well into the school year. (Not to mention the multitude of other issues that a child may deal with in a traditional school setting!)
"We would get too much flack from our relatives."
You probably will get flack. But if you know that what you're doing is best for your children, you'll be prepared respond to the flack. Arm yourself with statistics that expose the shortcomings of public education and the strengths of schooling at home...that'll get them thinking!
"I'm terrible in Algebra."
By the time you're done homeschooling, you'll be much better in Algebra...and Chemistry....and Physics....and History. After relearning these upper level high school courses with my homeschooled children, I eventually began tutoring high school students in these very subject areas! And if I was able to wrap my 35+ year old brain back around Algebra, so can you!!
"I'm not patient enough to teach my own children!"
Newsflash!! Public school teachers aren't always patient enough to teach children either. Occasional impatience and frustration are guaranteed by-products of teaching....both in public school AND homeschool classrooms! Since trials generally result in the development of patience, I can assure you that by the time you finish homeschooling, you'll be the most patient mom on your block! "
My child is too social, he'll be bored at home."
If your child is bored unless he's socializing, then a public school classroom is likely the worst learning environment you could place him!! It's a little bit like putting a match in a fire and hoping it won't catch fire!
"I wouldn't know where to start."
Don't try to reinvent the wheel! Attend a regional homeschool convention (this link provides just a few of the MANY available in the United States each year!) and/or find a local homeschool group. Learn from those who are already doing it!
"It will cost too much!"
Yes, homeschooling can require some sacrifice, but in financial terms, sending a child to public school can actually cost as much or more than homeschooling! But there's an even more important question that should be raised--what are the potential spiritual, emotional, and social costs of NOT homeschooling? Is it a price you're willing to pay?
"But I'm not a teacher, how will I know what to do?"
Despite the incessant assertions of the educational establishment, as a parent, you are infinitely more prepared to meet your child's academic needs than even a good teacher who is responsible for the academic growth of an entire classroom of children--many of whom are sporting a variety of academic and emotional special needs. (Not to mention that--and the establishment won't tell you this--in the public school setting, not all teachers are "good" teachers!)
"My child won't learn how to get along in the real world."
If you want to prepare your child for the real world, the best possible environment for him to learn in is one which provides security, acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect. Where would you be more likely to find this type of environment...a public school classroom or at home?
Have you heard some others? If so, please share them along with your responses!!