These are the top ten homeschool questions that anyone considering homeschooling asks. They are the questions most asked about homeschooling from strangers, or critics.
Through the years I have been asked dozens upon dozens of questions regarding homeschooling. Some of these have been legitimate questions. Others, not so much…
However, no matter how many questions I’m asked there are ten that pop up all the time. These are the top ten homeschool questions that anyone considering homeschooling asks. They are the questions most asked about homeschooling from strangers, or critics.
They are the homeschool questions that I am often SICK of answering, yet KNOW they need to be answered. To read more about each topic click on the question itself.
Aren’t you worried about socialization?
Yes, I am that is really one reason I homeschool. The socialization in public schools leave a lot to be desired. Homeschoolers are out and about with people of all ages and studies have found that homeschoolers are actually BETTER socialized than their public school counterparts.
Do I need a degree to homeschool?
No, you do not need a teaching degree to homeschool, but many states require a high school diploma or GED. You can read more about that here.
Isn’t homeschooling expensive?
Homeschooling is as expensive as you want it to be. Many families homeschool for free. Most families homeschool for a minimal amount. I personally feel that it wold cost more to send my kids to “free” public school. I pay on average $500 a year to homeschool all three kids.
Can I work and homeschool?
Yes! Some families homeschool while working outside the home, many homeschools while working at home. The truth is if you want to homeschool you will make it work, even while working.
I’m not smart enough to homeschool!
I am not a genius by no means. Yet, I am smart enough to homeschool. You don’t have to know everything to homeschool. Curriculum comes with teachers manuals, and step by step instructions that help you teach.
I wouldn’t have the patience to homeschool, I don’t know how you do it!
This may not be a question, but it is one that needs to be answered anyway. The truth is very few of us has the patience to homeschool. Yet, parents nationwide are doing it. Parents in general probably don’t have the patience to effectively parent, yet we all do it.
When God has called you to homeschool, He will EQUIP you for the journey!
How do I choose a curriculum?
Choosing a curriculum will be one of the hardest things you will do as a new homeschooler. You will make mistakes time and time again, yet the truth is there is NO such thing as the perfect curriculum.
Won’t homeschooling mess up my grandkids?
No, it won’t. And homeschooling is the parents choice. NOT the grandparent. If you love your grandkids support the decision that their parents make.
How do I tell my friends and family I’m homeschooling?
One thing you may be nervous about is how to tell others you’re homeschooling. Telling friends and family may leave you concerned about possible negative feedback. Sharing the news with others also cements your decision; it makes it more real, and the thought of that may be scary.
Telling others you’re homeschooling will get easier as time goes on. The right time to tell your friends and family is when you are alone with them, and when you are confident in your decision.
Is homeschooling even legal?
Homeschooling is legal in all fifty states, but requirements vary from state to state.
Can kids still play sports when they are homeschooled?
This will vary from state to state. In Ohio homeschoolers can play sports through high school. Check the laws regarding sports and your state on the homeschool legal defense website.
So, if you know someone considering homeschooling, or are asked these questions time and time again yourself, share this post with a friend. It may keep YOU from having to answer these top homeschool questions 😉
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