Top 10 Homeschooling Myths

Let me tell ya. This isn’t my first rodeo, and when I say I have heard them ALL, I have heard them all, and then some. 

Homeschoolers get a bad rap. I don’t know what it is, but I will admit, I had the exact same preconceived notions before I began my journey of researching what in the world homeschooling actually was. If you immediately heard the word “homeschooling” and thought of this image , then you are not alone. LOL Mean Girls was before it’s TIME. It easily became a cult classic and I will argue that ’til the day I die. I absolutely love the movie Mean Girls. But I digress..

I admit it!

I thought all homeschoolers were backwoods hillbillies (no offense to these handsome young men in this screen shot from the movie) who were all religious freaks that had zero clue about how the real world operated, and there was no way I wanted to be associated with them when my husband threw out the idea. Was he insane?

He was not. A couple years of diligent research later, because I couldn’t make a decision for the life of me – I did it. I became a homeschooler and NEVER LOOKED BACK! That’s honestly why this blog even exists. I don’t want you waiting YEARS thinking and thinking and not doing. I read article after article trying to convince myself to do it, and maybe that’s the path you’re on right now. Maybe THIS will be the article that helps you make that decision once and for all!

So without further ado –

TOP 10 HOMESCHOOLING MYTHS

and me bustin' them for ya!

Myth 1: Homeschooling kids are socially awkward.


Truth: Homeschooled kiddos often participate in a wide range of social activities with diverse groups of people, helping them develop strong social skills. They interact with people of all ages, not just their peer group, which can lead to more well-rounded social skills.

Myth 2: Parents must be highly educated to homeschool their children.


Truth: Parental education level doesn’t dictate the success of homeschooling. Many resources, curricula, and support groups can help parents effectively homeschool their children. The key is a parent’s commitment, not their academic background.

Myth 3: Homeschooling is expensive.


Truth: Homeschooling can be as expensive or as affordable as you make it. There are numerous free or low-cost resources, and homeschooling can often be accomplished on a minimal budget. Check out these for starters!

Myth 4: Homeschooling parents have to teach every subject themselves.


Truth: Homeschooling parents often use a mix of teaching, online courses, tutors, co-op classes, and self-guided learning. The parent’s role is often more of a facilitator than a traditional teacher. That’s actually been one of the hardest parts about homeschooling high school for me – letting go of the control and letting my sophomore take the reins with his interests and his own education. My job is now to help guide, but not to sit and hand-hold word for word through a curriculum. 

Myth 5: Homeschooled students won’t get into college.


Truth: Homeschooled students often excel in college admissions. Many universities actively recruit homeschoolers because of their independent learning experience, maturity, and diversified education. I am already experiencing this first hand – the level of work my high schooler completes is well beyond what I was doing in college. He already has the ability to be a diligent note-taker as he watches his own lectures, he can speed through when he wants to get something done, but he can also slow down and find the answers he needs on his own. That is one thing that was missing when I was in college years ago; the internet is an amazing thing and it is literally information at your fingertips. He is only a sophomore and I can tell he is more than prepared for college should he decide to take that path.

Myth 6: Homeschooled children miss out on extracurricular activities and sports.


Truth: Homeschooled children often participate in community sports, music programs, art classes, volunteer work, and other extracurricular activities. Some states also allow homeschooled students to participate in public school sports. I am personally not a fan of participating in an organization that you actively have stepped away from, but that is another conversation regarding slippery slopes and our freedoms as homeschoolers. However, especially in Texas, a quick Google search of [your town] + [sport or extracurricular your child is interested in] and you will see I’m not crazy! As a family of many, we have had to intentionally step away from a few different activities because it actually became TOO much.

Myth 7: Homeschooling is only for religious families.


Truth: Families homeschool for a wide variety of reasons, not just religion. Some families homeschool due to dissatisfaction with the local schools, unique learning needs, lifestyle flexibility, or a desire for a different educational approach. As a Christian, I am ecstatic that I do have the religious freedom to homeschool and do as much Bible study as we want though! In our homeschool, God is intertwined into every subject since “school” is just an extension of our lives, and we don’t separate God from that. 

As many hours as kids spend in school, a little story on Noah on a Sunday may not cut it if you’re trying to actively train up your children in the way they should go. But alas, people do homeschool for other reasons. I just like taking advantage of knowing exactly what doctrines are being taught to the ones under my roof. 🙂

Myth 8: Homeschooled kids don’t learn how to deal with the “real world.”


Truth: Homeschooling can offer children more real-world experiences because their flexible schedules allow for more community involvement, volunteering, and hands-on learning. 

Myth 9: Homeschooling parents need to replicate school at home.


Truth: Homeschooling provides the flexibility to customize learning to suit a child’s needs and interests. Learning can occur at any time and in any place, and it often looks very different from traditional schooling. This was a myth I had the hardest time busting myself. I started off the first year with a dedicated homeschool room, and that has slowly evolved into a library/office. But I thought I needed to provide the kids with the same atmosphere as they would get in a classroom. I’d like to think it served its purpose for the phase we were in, but over time, it was definitely unnecessary. We do more of our schooling outdoors or on the couch!

Myth 10: Homeschooling is easier than traditional schooling.


Truth: Homeschooling is a significant commitment and can be challenging. However, many families find that the rewards, including flexibility, personalized learning, and strong family bonds, outweigh the challenges. I will admit that I enjoy the perks of sleeping in when I want, and no dedicated Spirit Weeks or panic of homework due is freeing, but those are just small bonuses in my book. 

I’d say it’s not easier, but it’s not harder. A dedication and commitment to being the best advocate and teacher for your child is all you need. The rest will fall into place as you learn Calculus alongside them.

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