Why homeschooling is gaining traction.

As a homeschool blogger, I want be real with you, and share with you, the ones that follow me, read my blog, leave comments, send messages, the ones that have said I am an inspiration to them. That is what I want to do, I want to inspire you as parents do what you think is best for yourself family. For me, that is homeschooling, for some, it’s public school. But public school is the norm & homeschooling is not. Homeschooling is gaining traction & I want to bring it more into the light so more of you parents out there know it’s an option for your family. 

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. 

William butler yeats

To the parent of a struggling learner. 

To the parent of a spirited child. 

To the parent of the kid being bullied. 

To the parent of the kid who is doing the bullying (most likely a fear related thing) 

To the parent of the kid who can’t learn from a textbook. 

To the parent of a kid with mental illness. 

To the parent of the kid with a health condition. 

To the parent who just doesn’t agree with the public school curriculum. 

To the parent of the kid who wants to help their child learn differently than the what the normal educational program has turned into. 

To that parent, whichever one you are. I’m with you. I’m here for you. To help you. To guide you. To inspire you. 

I think we fear homeschooling because we’ve always been taught that children can not be taught by their parents. Somewhere along the lines (19th century) it was instilled in us that we are incapable of helping our children learn. We can’t teach them to write or do math or science. We somehow became stupid. 

But weren’t we taught all those things, too? A few generations ago they were being taught all that at home anyway because public school wasn’t around. You just taught your kids. 

Not every child needs to know advanced arthimic. Not every child needs to know french or advanced Engish for journalism. 

Children are born with all the curiosity they will ever need. 

It will last a lifetime if they are fed upon a daily diet of ideas.

Charlotte Mason

They need the basics. And it should be fun. The most important part of teaching a child should be to encourage a love of learning. It’s not necessarily the material you’re teaching, although it does play a role. The brain is incapable of absorbing new information if the child is overwhelmed, angry, stressed, tired, hungry, confused. All those emotions can cause a blockage making it impossible for your child to take in the new information so everyone involved is just wasting their time. 

Recently my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. We knew it would happen eventually, and we are not medicating nor will I ever. 

The doctor said her recommendation for our daughter was to send her to public school but in order to do that we needed to put her on medication. 

Explain to me how sending her to public school fully medicated, and turned into 1/2 a zombie is what’s best for her? No way is that better then keeping her at home where she can learn to her best ability with the people she loves by her. 

Questioning socialization now? Read this. 

The idea of public school, to help children learn many different subjects, to make friends, learn how to be in a society, and to encourage children to succeed, is very admirable. It is not being executed to the best of its ability by the educational board. Public school is not for every child, in my honest opinion, it’s not even for the majority. I know a lot of kids do well in public school, and they thrive, and succeed. 

Homeschooling is not for everyone, and public school is not for everyone. Each family and each child is unique to their own learning style and ability, but society is forcing down it everyones throat that you have to send your kids to public school. 

  1. Public school is not mandatory. Education is. There’s a difference. 
  2. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Some have different laws than others. Check your state here. 
  3. There is a way to do part time public school, if that works best for you. 
  4. There are homeschool parent partnerships, and co-ops. Check them out because they can be seriously amazing! 

If you feel that you want to homeschool, DO IT. Look into your options, don’t let your friends & family tell you that you can’t or you shouldn’t. Homeschooling has been one of the best decisions we have made as a family. Public school was never going to work out for us, and that is okay. We have found such amazing freedom, and encouragement in our choice to homeschool. We enjoy our lives so much more, and my kids are each learning completely different from one another because we have that ability! 

Here you can read two more posts I have wrote about homeschooling in our lives. 

Are you a homeschooler? Interested in homeschooling? Have questions? 

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