Homeschoolers are hillbillies!

A getting to know homschoolers is going around the blog world, starting here maybe? stemming from comment: “a lot of people would rather believe stereotypes than actually get to know someone as an individual.

Hmmm, true. But who knows, maybe we fit right into that stereotype nicely! hahaha!

Why do you homeschool?

Isaac absolutely hated the idea of going to school. He would love to experience a school bus ride but the actual school part? forget it!

I have a problem with authority. I don’t like anyone telling us what to do or how to color.

I am able to work part time. I don’t need to send my kids off to be parented by the state.

I want my kids home with me. I would miss them too much.

What technique or curriculum do you use?

Unschooling…aka learning doesn’t fit into a nicely packaged box of curriculum.

Do your kids work above or below grade level (or both!)?

They don’t really work. They play, they cook, they go on adventures, they read some, they write less. They are 7,4 and 1. I imagine they might be considered “below” in some areas and way “above” in others.

What is your educational level?

Jason and I are both college grads.

Do you feel this has an effect on your teaching (both limits and abilities)?

Neither of us “teach” really. We parent just as we have done from day one. They ask, we answer or we look it up or try it together.

What does your daily schedule look like?

Sleep in late, get dressed maybe, play, go somewhere maybe, stay up late. Have fun!

Are your kids always polite and ready to learn?

Not always “polite” depending on the frustration level within a sibling conflict. Usually polite to mom and dad and friends. They are always eager to learn because they direct their own learning.

Do the kids (or you!) get frustrated?

Of course! Not related to learning but sometimes we can’t have everything Right Now.

How has this affected your parenting?

It hasn’t.

How much free time do they have?

All the time is free time.

What do they do during their free time?

Play in many different forms.

What hobbies do they have?

Nintendo DS, Transformers, play in many forms, fighting;)

What difficulties and challenges do you have with homeschooling?

None! It’s awesome!

What makes homeschooling enjoyable?

Living this life is wonderful. We enjoy each other so much and know each other so well!

How do you get involved in the community?

We join in on some of the homeschooling activities. We will be participating in the unschooling conference every year (with great joy and expectation!).

When do you have opportunities to interact with public or privately schooled children?

We see them at the park, they have a few friends in school. Since Isaac wanted to quit ballet class we haven’t been around school kids much. We love the school plays! Isaac wants to do baseball so there will be opportunity there.

Would you like more of these opportunties? How can they be created?

Its not a necessity I feel we need to seek out specifically. Kids gravitate into friendships eventually all on their own. Whether they are schooled kids or not matters little.

What is your least favorite homeschool stereotype? 🙂

The whole debate over whether parents are qualified to teach their kids, that “I could never do that” or “I leave that to the professionals.”

Guess what? I don’t need to be a teacher. Kids know best how they learn for themselves, just like we adults do. We know when something is best learned by reading, trying or consulting an expert (mentor) and so do kids.

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