Maybe you’re interested in homeschooling, but having a few fears about the journey that lies ahead.
Or, maybe you’re a veteran who has moments of doubt and worry over the future of your homeschool endeavor.
All homeschool moms, the potential homeschooler, the new homeschooler, and the seasoned homeschooler, all face down those fears that creep into their journey.
After talking with many other moms, and knowing my own fears and inadequacies, I’ve discovered that many of us have bought into some myths about homeschooling.
Let’s tackle a few of the most common myths and combat them with a little truth. No matter where you are on the homeschool journey, I can guarantee that you need to hear this truth today.
It isn’t legal.
Yes, there are some who still believe this myth.
If you live in the United States (and quite a few other countries), homeschooling is legal.
Each state has certain laws and guidelines for homeschooling, but it is legal to homeschool.
There might be guidelines like teaching certain subjects, tracking attendance, having a portfolio review, or completing year-end testing, but as long as you comply with state laws, then you are free to homeschool.
If you’re still a bit nervous about taking the leap to homeschool, be sure to read the state laws on this site or contact your state-sponsored homeschool organization.
I can’t homeschool.
Well, with that mindset, you really can’t. It’s true. The more you tell yourself that you can’t do something, the less able you are to succeed.
I find that this myth becomes more of an excuse for those who are afraid of the daunting task of homeschooling.
I think the question you need to ask yourself is “Are you called to homeschool?” And if the answer is yes, then God will come alongside you and graciously equip you for the future.
Let’s be honest: homeschooling is hard. It is by far one of the most challenging things I have done best. But the blessings of homeschooling make the challenges worth every sanctifying second.
So, change your attitude and your mindset. Tell yourself, “I will, by the grace of God, homeschool.” And then you’ll be setting yourself up for success.
I’m not patient enough.
How many times have I heard this myth?
Well, I have yet to meet a homeschool parent who believes he or she has any patience.
None of us homeschoolers are saintly patient parents.
Nope. Not even close.
Instead, we wake up every day and power through the difficult days with the help of a God who extends us boundless mercy for all of our mistakes and missteps.
In our house, we learn together, work together, fail together, and apologize together as a family. Homeschooling is a beautiful way to point our kids to the Gospel, because it puts our flaws on full display and shows our need for a perfect Savior.
No. I’m not the least bit patient. But I have a gracious Savior who is. I’m relieved I can lean into His grace for this homeschool journey.
I’m not smart enough.
Homeschool parents aren’t a community of geniuses.
Instead, we’re resourceful, determined, and humble.
We know what we don’t know. But more importantly, we know the myriad of resources available to us as we strive to educate our kids.
We’re also fiercely determined. Some of us read the textbook a few chapters ahead of our kids. Others watch online or DVD lessons alongside our kids.
And we’re also humble. We can admit when we need help and we’re not afraid to seek others or find resources to help us in the homeschool journey.
Let me tell you a huge secret of homeschooling: Many of us don’t remember most of what we learned in school. However, through homeschooling, we get to learn too.
Yes. You just might learn more through homeschooling your kids than you ever did in school. In fact, I guarantee that you will. The beauty of homeschooling is that families learn study and create a culture of life-long learning.
What other myths have you hear about homeschooling? Stay tuned for next week when we tackle 3 more common homeschool stereotypes and debunk them for the myths that they are.
Until then, know that you are enough – enough for your homeschool, enough for your kids.
You can homeschool successfully and your kids will thrive under the individualized instruction.