So I was prepared for a barrage of questions once people knew that we were homeschooling. And I wasn't disappointed.
If you're not a homeschooler, and you have some of these same burning questions, or if you are a homeschooler and just want to read my answers to find out if you're "normal" (trust me, you're not), read on.
What about prom? Don't you think they'll miss out?Hmmm. There are several answers I can give here- some that probably aren't very kind. We'll leave it with these two.
1. There are some traditional high school related activities I really don't mind them missing out on. Depending on where they were going to school, prom might be one of them. Just because something is a "tradition" doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea. And in some situations prom just might be a bad idea anyway.
2. There are social groups for homeschoolers that do things like dances and dinners and homecoming celebrations for teens. Believe it or not, homeschoolers really are very social. And if you have a child who likes the idea of a prom, there are alternatives for them to attend. I have one teen that enjoys the dance scene and has been several times. And I have one who doesn't enjoy it and wouldn't have gone even if she were in "real school."
Do you wear your pajamas all day?This is one of those questions for which I imagine different homeschool families might all have different answers. I've heard of families that were required to be fully dressed with even socks and shoes for each homeschool day. And I've heard of families that never get dressed unless they're leaving the house for the day.
I personally make the kids get dressed in something. I do this for two reasons.
- Kids who go around all day in their pjs often are stinky. It's just a fact. They slept in those clothes. And if they don't get dressed, chances are they're not washing off or brushing teeth either. Ugh.
- I think that getting dressed gets kids more in the mindset of working on school work. If they're in pjs all day, it seems like a relaxed, do nothing day.
What grades are your kids in?
Can homeschooled kids get into college?
Don't think your kids might be, um, TOO sheltered?
“And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, "Father, what is sexsin?"It's our job to carry the suitcases for our children and know when to release the suitcases for them to carry for themselves. Along the way, we're teaching and talking and walking through life together, preparing our kids for the moment that they do carry the big suitcases. And, as we go, we're giving them heavier and heavier cases to carry as they are ready for them.
He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case off the floor and set it on the floor.
Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?" he said.
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.
It's too heavy," I said.
Yes," he said, "and it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It's the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
So, no, I don't think my children are too sheltered. I'm just carrying a few suitcases for now.
There you go. I'm sure you were dying to know the answers to those questions, so I hope your curiosity is abated. Have any more burning questions? Leave them in the comments for me.