1. We stay at home in our PJs all day.
This is a complete falsehood. First of all, we are usually out of our pajamas no later than 2pm. We prefer to wear regular clothes to our music lessons.
But seriously, we do not stay at home all day, every day. Community day is an all day event for us at Classical Conversations on Tuesday, and we try to visit the library and park each at least once per week. We enjoy (relative word to some of my children) science and art museums, walking trails, and music lessons to name a few activities.
2. Our kids are unsocialized.
I knew a set of twins who were homeschooled when I was growing up (ages ago). They did struggle somewhat socially compared to the rest of us, but I’ve learned to see that as not such a bad thing. What I thought of as “socialized” wasn’t the only way and maybe not even the best way. Today, there are so many things for homeschool families to participate in. In fact, the biggest battle for homeschool families is often trying to determine what to say no to. Between the “options” for activities and the reality of what appropriate socialization truly is, this statement is clearly false.
My favorite statement is “My children don’t need to be socialized. They need to be civilized.” Needless to say, we are still working on that one.
3. Our only reading material is the Bible. Our children are sheltered from other literature.
The Bible is a given as our instruction book for life, and God’s word is what we can center our homeschool around. But also, we are currently reading great literature, such as Number the Stars, Crispin, and The Bronze Bow. Looking ahead to high school, I get jittery to see the great classic literature my children will read, such as Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid and so much more! That doesn’t mean we don’t read pop literature, but it does mean we don’t use it for education.
4. Parents aren’t qualified to teach their children past 8th grade.
I definitely believed this one, even my first couple of years into homeschooling. Everyone goes to public or private school in 9th grade, right? Not true. I spent today in a room full of moms and dads looking forward to homeschooling their children all the way through high school. Our speaker had phenomenal wisdom to share with us, so let me impart some of it to you. The high school years are the harvest. STICK IT OUT! Reap the harvest. You have toiled many years, sowing the seeds of rich knowledge emanating from our Sovereign Lord. Now reap the harvest of your labor. If you aren’t there yet (like me), begin praying for that harvest now.
But that doesn’t explain why I’m qualified? You’re right. Back to that. I agreed with this statement until I realized the error of my ways. First, I am qualified, because the Lord has called me to this task. And he equips me for that which I am called to do. But also, I am to be in the trenches with my children, learning with them as much as I possibly can. So, if I am learning it as well, then doesn’t that put me in a qualified status? With each child, won’t I learn more and more? Won’t I increase in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom?
Our qualifications are not based on what we already know, but on what we are willing to learn.
5. My child will miss out on learning some things other kids are learning.
This was a huge concern of mine for the first few years until I realized that no student learns everything in school. That’s what the rest of your life is for! A public school teacher or a private school teacher will not teach your student EVERYTHING they could ever want to know about a subject, and a homeschooling parent certainly won’t either. It’s ok. Holes in your education are KEY areas that are missing. The fact that your student did not memorize the name of every general in the Confederate Army is not a hole.
I used to chuckle at my mom when she taught fourth grade. I couldn’t imagine how she didn’t already know everything she would be teaching her students.
I now eat those words daily. I’m so sorry mom.
Only a few of the numerous myths are mentioned here.
What are your favorite homeschool myths?
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