4 Insecurities All Homeschoolers Experience

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Happy Friday friends! My children are not home schooled, but I am aware that some of my followers do home school their children. When I first started working with youth from vulnerable communities in the Portland area, I witnessed first hand the frustrations of the curriculum taught in the public school setting. Having gone through that educational setting myself and knowing the academic struggles that I faced once I graduated high school and went on to higher education it made me fearful for my own children.

My oldest son is currently below the reading and math benchmark. I have implemented a plan to help him find academic success for the third grade over the course of summer and into the new school year. We will be playing catch-up but I feel like he will reach the third grade benchmark with schooling at home over the break.

For all my home school Mama's out there, I applaud you for your hard work and dedication to your children's learning! And for any parents who are thinking of homeschooling their kids in the future, I hope this article is helpful to you. 

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If you homeschool your kids it may be because you were frustrated by the curriculum taught at your local school. It may be because you thought that there were too many corrupting influences to which you didn’t want to expose your kids. Or maybe you simply wanted to be absolutely sure that what they were learning would be relevant and applicable not just to their ability to pass exams but to their life outside of education. Whatever your reasons, there are many reasons why homeschooling can work and not only produce well educated and adjusted children but a more happy, cohesive and trusting family. Nonetheless, as homeschoolers operate outside of the societal mainstream, they are often plagued by anxiety, fear and self doubt. Here we’ll look at some of the most common anxieties experienced by parents who homeschool their kids and some simple strategies to allay them…

It’s right for me, but is it right for my kids?

There are many reasons why homeschooling suits parents, especially stay at home parents. It spares them the anxiety of worrying about what they’re learning at school, how well they’re getting on and how they’re being treated by their peers. It allows you freedom and flexibility to work around the rotas and shifts of your day job and forever frees you from those chaotic school runs through the nightmare that is rush hour traffic.

But make no mistakes, your kids also benefit enormously from homeschooling too. When you think about it, the traditional education system is terribly inefficient. Kids need individual attention from teachers and it’s difficult for them to get that in a class with 30 of their peers. Moreover, it affords you the opportunity to develop a curriculum that’s tailored to their individual learning styles and needs. It bolsters your kids’ proficiencies while challenging them in areas where they need development.

What will others think?

This is another common one. Because we homeschool our kids we worry that our neighbors, family and friends will think that we’re weird or that we don’t want our kids mixing with other kids in the neighborhood because we consider ourselves above them. But homeschooling is not something to be ashamed of. It’s something to be immense
ly proud of. When you talk to people and tell them your reasons for homeschooling, they’ll likely see things your way.

Am I missing something?

This is a very common anxiety. We worry that mainstream schools have information to which we’re not privy, enabling them to teach kids “properly” while we scramble around trying to piece together a curriculum but inevitably miss out something important. Actually, this is far from the truth. You are far less likely to miss anything important because you have total control over all aspects of the curriculum. You can incorporate extra curricular activities like music lessons- if you’re not sure where to start check out these easy ukulele songs at easyukulelesongs.com. You can incorporate elements that tie their education to their religious faith more comprehensively than most mainstream schools will allow and cater more comprehensively to their individual needs and interests. 

Do my kids have enough friends?

School may be the most common place for kids to make friends, but when you engage your kids in the community and encourage them to take place in a wide range of activities, they’ll never want for friends, even if their home education doesn’t include them.

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Summer offically arrives for our family on Monday. My oldest son has one more "half day" of school. I think we might go berry picking on Sunday with the kids and make some homemade strawberry short chake to kick off the summer. What are your family plans for the weekend? Drop me a comment a below, I love reading them from you. Have a great weekend. 

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