Of course, as every homeschooler knows, the general populace is often a little unsure about the whole thing.
People assume that kids not attending public school are socially awkward, deprived, and lacking in various academic and societal skills.
Lately I've been thinking about how utterly absurd it all is, these silly stereotypes. And I've been thinking that because we've been running to and fro to all manner of activities--the irony of homeschooling but not necessarily being home all that much.
So I thought I'd give you a look at some of the things we homeschoolers do that aren't actually at home. Some proof that a homeschooled child can have a rich, full educational experience.
A typical week finds us at home (my favorite place to be, because I'm a card-carrying introvert) Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We spend time learning our faith (reading the Bible, reading Saint stories, praying, Catechism instruction), and studying Math, History, Language Arts, and various other things. Sometimes we get together with friends. We're pretty much always done with school by lunchtime.
I'm honestly really grateful for the lifestyle we've carved out for ourselves. I used to feel like we'd be missing out on things here and there by homeschooling, but the truth is that it's more or less the opposite. If my children were in public school, we'd have less time for building community with other Catholic families, they wouldn't be involved in as many of the fine arts, and we'd have less time for dear friends in general. I could go on and on about why I love homeschooling, but I'm not going to. (Right now, anyway.) I'll just say that our life is incredibly full and my children are blessed with a lot of pretty cool opportunities.
And it's funny because even though we're homeschoolers, some of my favorite things about homeschooling aren't actually happening at home!