This is part 2 of a 2 part series.
4. Yes, We Actually Teach Them.
I had someone ask me a while back if we actually buy real school books and sit down and have school. I have to admit I was a little dumbfounded by the question.
It seemed very obvious to me. It also brought to light the fact that people just really do not know how all this works.
To answer her question and everyone else's.
Yes we actually teach.
Yes, we do Math, Reading, Spelling, Writing, Language Arts, Grammar, Health, Science, History, Social Studies, Manners, Bible, Gym and any other subject I may have missed.
Yes, we actually have books, curriculum, pencils, papers, glue, scissors, science experiments, spelling tests, flash cards and field trips.
Yes, We actually do school.
We are not just laying around eating cold cereal in our pajamas and watching PBS. Yes we have done that before, but it is not the only thing we do.
5. There Are A Lot Of Different Types Of Homeschoolers.
There are so many types, styles and approaches to homeschooling that I can not even name them all..
Charlotte Mason approach, Unschooling, classic homeschooling, new age homeschooling, eclectic homeschooling..
Abeka, Sunlight, Horizons, Saxon, Bob books, Apologia, ...
People choose to homeschool for many different reasons. It used to be mainly for religious reasons. That is not necessarily the case now. I have met many, many homeschoolers and all of them do it for their own personal reason. Anything ranging from...religion, lack of religion, bullying, learning disabilities, illness, lifestyle, better education, freedom to pursue other things (music, sports etc.), the list goes on and on.
Please remember when your friend or family member homeschools...it may be for reasons you may never understand. It may not look like what you think it should..but until you do the research and see how many different types, styles, approaches and reasons there are to home school. I do not suggest passing judgement on these families. Because more than likely they have put the time, effort, research, worry and tears into it..and know darn well why they are doing what they are doing and how they are doing it.
6. Please do not question our children!
I do not care how much you think you are helping or how subtle you think you are being..questioning a homeschool child on their knowledge will do nothing more than tick the parents off.
Plus most children I know (especially, including mine) will totally shut you down. Haha It is mainly because they have it done to them so often. So..while you think you are proving a point to yourself that homeschooling isn't working, you are actually just proving the point that you need to back off.
If you wouldn't question a public or private school child about their knowledge...then you shouldn't be questioning a homeschool child.
Also. Even if you think you are being sneaky about it..the parents and children see right through you. Which in the end makes the parents and children lose trust in you. It is very counter productive.
If you are truly curious about the child's education. Ask the parents and show a real interest. Most homeschool parents love to show and share what their children are learning.
We are just used to keeping it to ourselves because people either judge or just don't care. If you show an honest interest in the whole process..then parents are more than happy to show you anything you may be curious about.