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Preparing the Defense

When we started our homeschooling journey some 16 years ago, it wasn’t as popular of an idea as it is now.  I had some awesome seasoned homeschooling moms prepare me with what to say when, not if, but when, I would face negativity about our family’s choice for education.

“What about socialization?”  “Do you have a teaching certificate?”  “Don’t you want them to go to college?”  “They are going to miss so many opportunities.”  “But your kids will be weird.”  “Is that legal?”  These questions have come from church members, neighbors, public school teachers, strangers, and even family members.  There’s been hard days/weeks/months that I have questioned our homeschooling decision and have had to remind myself why we do this!

I’m glad to have had a “heads up” that these questions would be coming.  And, I am so thankful that I had some ideas about how to handle them.   There’s a good chance that if your family homeschools, you have already had to defend your choice or will at some point.  If you’re a new homeschooler, expect these questions and prepare for them.

Answer with Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:6-7  “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Proverbs 22:6  “Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it.”

For more Scripture concerning home education   http://biblereasons.com/homeschooling/

and  http://biblereasons.com/biblical-reasons-homeschool/

Homeschooling is most logical way my family can fall into obedience to these parenting  instructions from the LORD.

Answer with facts and statistics:

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According to http://www.homeschoolfacts.com/index.php :

  • Ninety-five percent of homeschoolers had an adequate comprehension of politics and government, compared to 65% of U.S. adults.
  • Seventy-one percent of homeschool graduates participate in ongoing community service activities, including politics, compared to 37% of adults in similar ages.
  • Eighty-eight percent of HS graduates are members of organizations (community groups, church, or professional organizations) compared to 50% of U.S. adults.
  • Significantly, 76% of homeschool graduates voted in a national or state election within the past 5 years, compared to 29 percent of similar U.S. adults.

Answer with, “I do not agree with what public schools teach”

hs facts 2Answer with a list of successful and famous homeschoolers: https://jaizhijourney.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/famous-authors-who-were-once-homeschooled/

Recently I saw a Youtube video series that covers excellent answers to those pesky questions that homeschoolers face.  These videos are animated, and quite clever.  Even if you are well prepared with Scriptures, facts, and statistics, I still recommend viewing for the fun of it.

For parents


For kids (because they get asked about homeschooling, too)

betty jo


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Another New Homeschooler And Another …

It’s spring and almost time for the school year to come to a close, but there are quite a few parents making some changes about their children’s education.  Many are deciding to home educate.

Just this month alone, we added 5 families to our local homeschool support group.  At a parent’s meeting, one of the newer moms made the comment that she was looking forward to learning from the “veteran” homeschoolers.  I looked around the table to see who she was talking about, and I was shocked that she meant me.  I had never thought in the terms of me being a “veteran”.   After all, I school a second grader.  I really did not know how I could help her out.  But wait, I have been homeschooling for 15 years.  I have a homeschool grad and two more in highschool and a special needs child as well as that second grader.  Maybe I can help.  At least I can advise about what not to do.   I certainly have experience with what does not work well.

I’m an admin on a brand new Facebook homeschool support group page,  Homeschooling Around the World,  and we already have several members.  Many are just starting their homeschool journey.  And they too are looking for some “veteran” advice.

Yesterday while I was at the library, I met a mom and teen daughter who will begin home education for themselves in August.  She asked me to point her in the right direction to get started.  So for her and whoever else is wanting to start home educating , here’s my top 5 list on what to do first:

1  Pray for wisdom and patience.

2.  Learn  your state laws:   http://www.hslda.org/laws/   or  http://www.nhen.org/home.html

3.  Checkout a local homeschool support group or co-op:  http://www.home-school.com/groups/

4.  Figure out your teaching style and your children’s learning styles.  This link is good for helping with that:  http://www.soyoucallyourselfahomeschooler.com/category/homeschool-approachesmethods-series/

5.  Remember that you want your child to love homeschooling so plan some fun learning activities.

If you would like to be added to Homeschooling Around the World on Facebook,  join here:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/567122276640599/571481952871298./?notif_t=group_clucomment_reply

For more of my posts about our homeschooling and my personal thoughts about teaching:






Happy Schooling,

betty jo