These are the top ten things I wish I'd known about homeschooling. Of course, people did tell me these things, I just didn't believe them.
1. Homeschooling is addictive. Once you start, it's difficult to stop.
You don't have to take my word for it. Go ahead. Try it. I dare you.
2. Most learning goals will be reached even if parents teach nothing. If the resources are available, kids will learn whether anyone meant them to or not. Nobody will believe this.
3. Parents should buy resources they need. Kids ask things that aren't in their books and, wouldn't you know it, you can't tell them to ask their teacher.
4. Parents need a support group. On-line. In person. Anything.
Especially if they live in some isolated location where nobody else homeschools. Living on the fringe is only exciting for awhile. Then it gets lonely.
5. Don't expect a typical homeschooling day to be anything like the next typical homeschooling day. And don't bother asking anyone what a typical homeschooling day looks like either. You're likely to get a blank stare or a panicked expression.
6. If you say 'funding', DUCK. There's no way you'll understand this Unless you're a homeschooler and have heard a funding conversation. Look, if you're curious about this, just wander into a homeschooling convention, raise your hand, and ask where you can apply for funding... Remember to duck!
7. Some homeschoolers use a lot of packaged curriculum. Some use less. We're paranoid about admitting that we use any of it to those unschoolers who have mastered item number 2 on this list. They claim they don't need any. Still, a lot of us must buy the packaged stuff since so many companies exist to sell it. So, go ahead and buy it if it works.
8. Most teachers and principals will not be pleased when you tell them you homeschool. Naïve? Well, the principal at one school threw open the doors to the supply room and encouraged me to help myself to whatever we could use. The reception at our next location was somewhat cooler.
9. Homeschooling is easier than it sounds.
10. Homeschooling is harder than it sounds.
Those last two statements don't contradict each other. They only seem to.
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