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Oh brother.....Ok so I made the jump! It is SCARY and felt really weird not sending my kiddo's on that big yellow bus this week...almost feels like I'm a criminal and the school police are going to show up at my door and demand my kids or something...:o
Anyway...never expected to get much support from loved ones about this decision but I'm really quite shocked at some of the reactions I've gotten. Not that I care because I'm not asking for anybody's approval or support, I have DH's full support and that's all that matters. However, I need some ideas on what to say to people to defend my decision to homeschool, like maybe statistics, success rates of homeschoolers etc. I don't want to be rude or sarcastic or anything. I mean these objections are coming from concerned people who love and care about us and I'd like to try and set their mind at ease if possible.
I know the benefits of homeschooling through the research I've done and mostly from being a member here for so long and reading about homeschoolers experiences here....but I'm at a loss when it comes to articulating this to others, kwim?
God bless you and your husband for making this leap! Homeschooling is the best thing that every happened to me, and I am immensely grateful to my parents for making the decision to homeschool all us youngsters.
If you're concerned about things like college, don't be. Many colleges these days will allow you to use a homeschool diploma instead of a high school diploma, and if that's not possible, a GED diploma also works. Myself and the 3 oldest above me all went to college, and all averaged 4.0 grades. Our homeschooling wasn't even that good, but since we didn't have the influence of pop culture and immoral peer influence, we were able to stay focused on our goals.
For further encouragement, since I was homeschooled, I was able to learn carpentry from my dad, and the many years I worked as a carpenter gave me a strong interest in the skilled trades. I went through a career program at my local college to become an electrician, and the teacher told me that she had had two previous students in the last class who were homeschooled, and they performed above the rest of the class.
Remember, while you may not be the best teacher, and while you may have to rely on a LOT of homeschooling books, in the end, the most important thing you can give your kids is commitment, responsibility, and ambition. Whatever they don't learn from you, they will learn on their own because they have the ambition to get the job done.
Good luck! :D