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Homeschooling Myths

Posted by nechc on March 8, 2008

Our local paper has an interactive web site that I often have used when stopping for the paper or even just having time to read it before its recycled becomes difficult. This morning I had lots of time to explore. DH is off on a training program for a week and until I hear that his plan has landed safely I won’t be very efficient. Many myths were apparent in the discussion. Granted, people who have experienced homeschoolers have of course seen us on our bad days.
Here is what I’ve shared:

I came across this, and the previous discussion after being away from the site for a long time. You’ll find most of us who homeschool don’t have as many connections to public education so fewer of us will be here to offer insights.
A few I’d offer:
1. Every kid has their ups and downs. I do not blame the public high school or colleges my oldest 2 have attended for any behavior I didn’t like. Nor do I let the 6-7 years I homeschooled them imply that I am the one responsible for every good thing they accomplish. No parent gets a guarantee!
2. Having homeschooled each of my 7 for some or all of their education over the last 12 years, I do not know one person who does not put effort into socialization. We do, as a group however, define it differently. I try to help them grow to be an individual who is not peer dependent and yet capable of interacting well with peers. I also put a premium on interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. By being present when they interact and offering correction or guidance when appropriate, poor behaviors are less able to become habits simply because a particular teacher may not have time to share what is seen in the classroom.
3. When we teach a subject that is not our strength we often openly learn alongside our student, demontrating we really believe learning is a life long endeavor. In those cases we take advantage of the many experts available across the country through professional tutors, accredited on line schools, local retired teachers or a fellow homeschooler who does have that expertise.
4. We have 25 students meeting every Monday in our co-operative learning program which is just one of many available. A different group of  students have social time on Friday’s through bowling, rollerskating, rotating field trips and First Friday Mass (WMCatholic Homeschoolers.)
In fact,I recently surveyed those who receive the WMCH newsletter The Catholic Cantor and our families are involved in no less than 40 different activities, teams and clubs outside the homeschool community.
4. Many take advantage of the many excellent Catholic, Christian, Jewish,indepentant and Public schools for certain of their children, certain years. In my case my oldest graduated Holyoke last year. My second oldest will graduate with High Honors in June. The experience has been positive for them and our whole family.
5. I may be more able to work with my child’s primary learning style in order to get the most information I can into them, but this doesn’t mean I don’t use other learning styles and teaching methods and insist the work on developing their ability to share what they have learned in writing, speech, and interactive or kinesthetic activities.

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