Questions Asked Of Homeschoolers
by Bart Buskey
Here it is almost three weeks or so into the new school year. We have most of our new curriculum and our kids are anxious to learn. HA!
This year my sons were like a lot of other kids who go to a school. They just weren't ready to hit the books. They wanted to play with their toys and hit and pounce on each other and their other friends.
If you are like me and many others who homeschool you have been asked by friends and family, "Aren't you sending your kids to school?" Then when they find out that you are schooling them yourself they say, "They sure are missing out learning to socialize with other kids their own age. They just aren't living in the real world."
I find this quite puzzling since my kids are actually living in the real world more than their kids are. We don't just have school at home we go out and apply what we have learned. They have social time with churched and unchurched kids. They are around pagans, Christians conservatives, liberals, blacks, whites, Hispanics, and so on.
One lady on our chat group was asked about her kids needing socialization. I love her response, "Socialization? OH!!! Thats where my kids learn how to smoke pot and have sex in 7th grade from the other kids!"
I find it so interesting that we are thought to be bad parents because we don't let our kids live in the real world. It is far from the truth. Many of us don't only teach our children about the real world, but we take them in it.
Here is an example of how my kids live in the real world. I took my kids grocery shopping with me. They wanted a bag of marshmallows. There were two different bags that had the same size of marshmallows. I asked them to look at the prices of both bags and than look at the weight. I showed them how to figure out which was the best price. Even though we bought the more expensive one it had more marshmallows in the bag, but cost less per ounce. Now, I will have to do this again, but the point is they are living in the real world. What they are being taught is being applied by going out to the real world and doing it.
I find all these judgmental questions quite interesting. At times I do get tired of them because people are not educating themselves about homeschoolers. The important thing to remember is that what we are doing is our choice. We need to stay firm in our stance, and give others, who question our motives, good answers. In doing this we are educating those all around us.
Here is a website for you to go to. It is quite hilarious, but it does have some good ideas.
I hope all goes well with you this school year. If you have any questions you can go to our homeschool forum or send me an e-mail. If you have anything to say that could help benefit all us homeschoolers please use our homeschool forum.
Remember to give your kids a hug today and tell them that you love them.
Bart Buskey, Meridian, Idaho - Fatherville Contributer
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