Homeschool, Public School, and the heart of Socialization

Socialization: if ever there was a polarizing issue in the homeschool movement, it is this. I was homeschooled from 1st-12th grade in a time when parents, like my own, were forging a new education path for themselves, their children, and for future generations. So much has changed in the homeschool movement (Example: I just read … [Read more…]

I love my children enough not to homeschool

I was homeschooled and I loved it. My mother was passionate about homeschooling and viewed it as her chosen vocation when my siblings and I were growing up. All my best friends were homeschooled by women who were as passionate and dedicated as my mother. Although I don’t remember it being said in so many … [Read more…]

Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: Stereotypes: Better or worse today?

Homeschooling is surrounded by stereotypes. Here are a few: Long Jean skirtWeirdo kidsSocially Awkward“Is that even legal?!”“What about college?”All homeschoolers are socially awkward“There must be something wrong with the kids, otherwise the parents wouldn’t be doing that”Religious fanatics And the list goes on.  When I wrote my Socialization post, I said that the #1 question … [Read more…]

Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: Do former homeschoolers want to homeschool their kids?

When I started this series, the question”Do former homeschoolers want to homeschool their children?” was one that was very personal.  Source In my current circle of friends, I know lots of parents who are currently homeschooling or are planning on homeschooling. But none of these parents were homeschooled themselves. This observation then led to intense introspection: … [Read more…]

Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: The BEST thing/ What was missing

If you homeschool or are considering homeschooling, sometimes fears or uncertainties or just generally being overwhelmed by choosing a curriculum, lesson planning, or keeping up with all that socialization can sometimes make you forget the “big picture” of why you wanted to homeschool in the first place.  This post is the “big picture,” the reasons that … [Read more…]

Adult Homeschoolers Speak Out: College? Prepared or not?

When my 33 year old sister, Amberley, graduated from (home) high school, most people were very skeptical about whether homeshoolers could succeed academically in college. Yet as first generation homeschoolers (families who started homeschooling right after it became legal in their states) started going to college, research was conducted that proved that homeschoolers, indeed, do very well … [Read more…]