The Truth about Homeschool

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We are in our second year of homeschooling.  I never intended on homeschooling, and even though I never planned on it, homeschooling has been wonderful and I am so glad we have this opportunity.  I am not a homeschool nazi though.  I don’t want to come across as anti-public school. I think public schooling can be wonderful, too, so I’m not trying to persuade anybody to homeschool, or claim that I know what is best for anyone (aside from my own family).  I went to public school – I went to great schools.  I loved it.  I had some of the world’s greatest teachers and received a solid education.  Homeschooling just happens to be what is right for us…for now.  Maybe we’ll homeschool forever, maybe we’ll rejoin public school eventually, or maybe we’ll end up at a private school. Time will tell.

With all that said, there are some negative misconceptions about homeschooling.  Before we started, I had some of the same misconceptions that other people now approach me with.  I am lucky to live in a place where homeschooling is very common and accepted…and we are a little different than some homeschoolers because we go through a charter school  so my kids actually attend school at a school one day a week – – but, we still get “the comments”.  (You fellow homeschoolers know exactly what I’m talking about.)
So without being too defensive, or rude, I will try to answer the questions and set the record straight with the truth about Homeschooling….

 

  • I regularly get asked, “Don’t you get tired of being at home all the time?”

Uh, no.  First of all, we’re not at home all the time.  Part of the reason we decided to homeschool is we felt there wasn’t enough time for all the opportunities we wanted for our kids. When my daughter was gone from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm at public school (including bus rides), and then came home with an hour of homework every night, that left no time for dance class, music lessons,  swimming, basketball, or any of the other things she wanted to try…..let alone good old fashioned playing.  I want my kids to get to try anything and everything they are interested in, and I also want them to just get to be kids.  Now we have time for all those extra things…which doesn’t leave very much time to just “be at home”.  So no, I don’t get tired of being home. I love the time that I get to spend at home. If I hated being at home and didn’t enjoy being with my kids….then homeschooling would probably not be a good fit for us.

 

  • Nine times out of 10 when someone finds out we homeschool they reply with, “Well,  couldn’t do it.”

Yes you could. Trust me – if I can, you can.  If it’s something you want to do, then it is possible.  I won’t lie, it is hard and it’s time consuming, but it’s also 100% doable.  If you aren’t creative, get a curriculum that tells you what to do step by step and has the daily schedule planned out. If you are more of a free spirit or have some teaching experience, look for one that’s less structured.  The possibilities are endless.  The bottom line is, you CAN do it…..if (and only if) you want to.  Again, it’s not for everyone.  

 

  • Probably the most common comment is, “Are you afraid your kids won’t know how to socialize?”

Actually this was one of my fears before we started…..but now we are more social than ever. Instead of having one teacher and one class/group of students to interact with day after day, my kids have multiple teachers  and peers of all ages to interact with.  They are learning to handle many different types of social situations that they just wouldn’t have if they were in the same classroom everyday.

 

  • The very bold will come right out and say, “Are your kids……different?”

I certainly hope so.  My goal in life is not to raise kids that “blend in”.   We have high moral standards and are not trying to be the same as the rest of the world.  I have a 3rd grade daughter that dresses like a little girl – not a teenager.  She also reads at a 6th grade level and has no idea who Justin Bieber is….so yes, I guess you can safely say “we are different”, and I’d like to keep it that way.   When my daughter was in public school in first grade she played alone at recess – not because she didn’t have friends, but because she chose to.  She wanted to play pretend, swing on the swingset, run around, pretend to be an animal….instead of playing “pregnant babysitter” or “pretend boyfriend” with the other little girls.  (True story.) So thank God we are different.

 

  •  And finally there’s the, “Aren’t your kids missing out on the classroom experience?”

Well I guess.  But in all honesty, the classroom experience isn’t always that great. My daughter is an advanced student, and didn’t get much attention in the public classroom.  All the extra time was spent on the kids that were behind.  I believe every kid should be challenged, whether they are ranked first our last.  A lot of this was not the school’s fault, it was mostly due to being understaffed. But that’s a whole different issue. My kids still get to be in a classroom, we go to church and they have their classes there, plus they attend classes at the charter school one day a week  –  – so I think that’s plenty of “classroom” time along with dance class and all our other activities that have class structure.  I believe being around peers, learning to sit quietly,  take turns, and knowing how  to communicate with and respect different authority figures (other than your parents) is a vital life skill,  but I don’t think that it requires 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in a classroom to learn.

 

Every parent just wants their kids to be happy and healthy. For us, this means homeschooling.  I am by no means an expert, but if you have any questions about homeschooling  feel free to leave a message.  I will do my best to answer any and all questions. I would also love to hear from other homeschoolers, so feel free to chime in!

 

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

Comments

  1. We have homeschooled all 3 of ours. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  2. Pregnant babysitter?? omg.

  3. We are on our 2nd year homeschooling. My son is in 4th and daughter is K. It’s definitely not easy, but by far the best choice we could have made! My kids are thriving, and get to do and learn things that matter to them!

    • Ditto. That is exactly the same for us, except my daughter is in 3rd and my son in in K. It’s more challenging with both of them this year since he just did preschool last year and was done in an hour, but it’s teaching them (and me) patience. 😉

      • YES! It’s much more challenging with both of them! They both want to do each other’s work and we just don’t have time for that business!!!

        At least you’re part of a charter. Do they provide you with the complete curriculum? That sounds like such a great option!!

        • We choose what we use. The classes they attend at school are mostly just extra stuff – writing, equine science, simple machines with legos, drums, sewing, cooking, American Girl Doll History class, karate…etc. None of the core stuff, just electives. There is tutoring available at the school though, where they could work on their actual curriculum, and the school also takes care of all the standardized testing, too. I LOVE it. I don’t know if any other states other than AK offer this kind of program but it is awesome! The kids get to go to school – meet kids, get used to other teachers, bring their lunches (their favorite part lol), and I get a kid free day. Win/win. 😉

          Sorry to write a novel.

  4. Bridget Ganje Hanna says:

    It’s nice to see other oilfield wives home educating. This is our 2nd year home educating. Being an oilfield wife is new to me, husband has only been with Halliburton for 3 months. Definity is a new way of life. Thanks for this post.

    • Welcome to the OF!
      We are really enjoying homeschool. I think homeschool is becoming more popular as people look for other options. When we went to public school, even when my husband was home on his hitch he didn’t get much time with the kids. Now, he can be involved in the schooling and get a lot more quality time.

  5. I am currently trying to enroll my daughter in homeschool. She is in kindergarten and did go to public school the first semester. We are from texas and was wanting to know if there is a program that anyone would recomend.

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