This homeschooling mom life is just plain bizarre sometimes. Had you told me ten years ago our family would be here – eight years of homeschooling under our belts and counting – I would have thought you were crazy! Now? I sit up late at night writing blog posts about homeschooling and how weird I’ve become. Go figure.
If you take anything away from this post let it be this – homeschooling makes you weird. In fact, homeschool moms don’t want you to know how weird we actually are. It’s hard enough breaking down all those stereotypes. Especially when some of them are so hilariously true!
Homeschool Moms Don’t Want You To Know…
Our kids might not know what grade they’re in.
I don’t know how many times I’ve witnessed a homeschooled child stumble when asked, “What grade are you in?”
“Uh…2nd?” Blank stare at mom.
Seems weird, but it’s really not that strange. Homeschooled kids can work at their own pace. It’s perfectly normal for a child to excel in some areas and struggle in others. Homeschooling allows the freedom to let those strengths and weaknesses lead.
We may end up with a child ahead in math and behind in reading. Many homeschool curriculum choices even offer a multi-grade approach that can be adapted to meet the needs of the whole family. It’s not that surprising many homeschooled kids don’t have a quick answer for this question.
Our kids probably don’t know the Pledge of Allegiance.
We started attending a co-op about four years ago. On the first morning before chapel, all the kids stood up and said the pledge. My son just sort of looked over at me with a confused look on his face. Oops. Add that to the list of things I forgot to teach my kid. Anybody?
It’s not like we wake up, eat breakfast, and then turn to the flag and put our right hand over our heart. It’s one of those traditional school things I just never thought to teach him. We stopped by the library that afternoon and grabbed a book about The Pledge of Allegiance. Hopefully, he remembers it!
Our kids might not know how to tie their shoes.
Okay, moms. I know you’re out there. Don’t leave me hanging on this one. I’m not alone here because I’ve had some really good laughs with other homeschool moms in person about this. My Florida boy lives in flip flops, doesn’t play sports, and never wears sneakers. Let’s just say without a closed-toe shoe rule crossing his path in life, he took more time than your kid to learn how to tie his shoes. Oops again.
We actually do get done around noon.
I’m sorry. It’s true. I’m even sorrier if my kid ever shared this information with your kids in an attempt to sell them on homeschooling. I’m always embarrassed to admit this because it sounds like we’re a bunch of slackers, but the reality is I only have one student compared to a classroom full of kids. If he’s focused (ha!) and working hard, we can get done around lunch time. That obviously doesn’t happen every day, but I certainly don’t hate when the day goes smoothly, and we can move onto other non-schoolish things.
We might not grade our child’s work.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to keep a record of your child’s work. It’s likely required in some states, but I didn’t keep a record of actual grades until the upper middle and high school years. There was really no point. We’ve always worked for mastery. If I graded everything in those early years, it would have all been A’s. Not because I’m dishing out A’s for the fun of it, but because that would have been my son’s comprehension level. It wouldn’t make much sense to give my kid a “D” in math and move on. If he’s struggling, we slow down until he gets it.
We actually do worry about socialization.
Homeschooling families spend a lot of time defending the “socialization” of their children. First, let me clarify. Socialization and building lasting friendships are two very separate things. Of course, my kids have social skills! But, if I’m being totally honest, I worry about my kids having enough opportunities to make meaningful connections with peers.
Neither of my boys has ever been super active in sports or extracurricular activities so meeting friends and making connections has probably been more challenging for them than more naturally social kids. They’re both sort of home bodies. At least they like it here! Hopefully, they grow up being able to function around the rest of the human race.
We know our kids are sheltered.
Ahh. The other “S” word. My kids are admittedly sheltered. There are times when it’s obvious they’re not getting as big of a dose of the world as other kids their age, but I’m fine with that! Many homeschool moms actually want to protect their children from the world’s standards, like Trish, over at Hip Homeschool Moms. Because, really what’s the rush? Last I checked, the world isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. There will be plenty of it to go around when my kids find their way out there. That is if they ever leave the house.
What are the things about homeschooling you would just rather keep to yourself? Because what better place to share them than the internet, right?
This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.