Homeschooling our girls was not a thought until about two years ago. There were many long conversations, research on different options, and, most importantly, prayer for guidance and peace about our next move.
I am the product of public school, and everyone in my family is an educator. I was a teacher in a public school before starting, Educationally Speaking Center for Learning, Inc., and my husband is an educator as well. Choosing a different route for our girls was nerve-racking, but we knew we had to do something if we wanted different results.
Since we started this journey, I always receive a lot of questions, such as: How will your children socialize? What curriculum are you using? How are you going to find time to homeschool the girls? Is that legal? Will they be on the same level as their peers? Is public school not good enough? Will they receive a diploma like children who are in REAL school? Can they play sports with regular children? Who is going to teach them? Will homeschooling your girls affect them mentally and emotionally? Also, the famous question, (always directed at my girls when we are out during the day) why are you out of school today?
I get it. Homeschooling is not a popular choice when you have public, charter and private schools to choose from. It is also misunderstood because of the misconceptions of homeschool. When we decided to homeschool, I knew that there would be questions and side-eyes from people who did not understand our decision to homeschool. Because of this, I wanted to tackle a few common misconceptions of homeschool:
Your children will not be able to socialize. Listen to me loud and clear. We have been homeschooling for about two months, and my daughters have had more play dates, birthday party invites, and outings the past two months than they have had their entire time on Earth. My children are very social. I do not want another invitation or playdate. (I am kidding. I think.) This mama is tired. I schedule homeschool field trips with other mamas, we partner with another homeschool family once a week, and my children serve in the community.
They will not receive a diploma like children in a real school. What is a real school? Homeschool is real and is recognized as an alternative to traditional education. I am just educating my children in a different setting. I am certified in reading, curriculum and instruction, special education and general education. My children will receive a diploma, and because of the homeschool model we chose, they are eligible for scholarships.
Homeschool is not legal. Yes, it is. Please check the requirements for your state. In GA, you must teach 180 days, choose your curriculum, and submit an intent to homeschool by 9/1 or within 30 days after a homeschool study is established. To educate your child in GA, you have to have a high school diploma or GED.
Black families do not homeschool. It is only for white people. I believe that there is a misconception from other races and sometimes even within our race that homeschool is not the norm for black families. Over the last few years, the research shows that the black homeschool community is growing. It is not a trend; it is a conscious decision that black families are making. The numbers have doubled within the last few years, and according to the National HomeEducation Research Institute, about 220,000 black children are homeschooled. Black families make up about 10% of homeschoolers and are the fastest growing demographics in homeschool. Black families homeschool and we are rocking!
Your children are at home all day. Not my children. Homeschool can be done anywhere. We make learning fun. For us, homeschool looks different every day. We have a schedule we follow, but we may go to the park, library, my building, or the coffee shop to do work. We also incorporate field trips and hands-on learning experiences. For example, one day, my youngest was able to ring up groceries at Publix and she loved it.
I am not rich enough to homeschool. Neither am I! My husband and I prayed, researched different options, sacrificed, and cut back on spending. You do not need to be rich to homeschool, you just need a plan. Talk with your spouse/significant other about your options and what you can do to make it work. Do what’s best for your family. If this is something that you really want, make it work!
The lack of information about homeschool causes misconceptions. Homeschool children are just like children who attend public, private and charter schools. Parents, like me, just chose to take an alternative route to our child’s education. It is not about what type of environment our children learn in; it is about the result.
All that matters is that my children are social, emotionally, mentally and morally sound children that are going to impact the world with their God-given gifts. There is no right or wrong way, just the way that works best for us.
Educationally Speaking Center for Learning, Inc. is a nonprofit that serves students in grades K-5th. We believe in preparing our students to be career and purpose ready. We offer homeschool and on-site tutoring services in the areas of math and reading. We also provide professional development for school systems and parents.
You can contact us by visiting our website, educationallyspeaking.net.
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