Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up (Infograph)

I LOVE infographs. They deliver lots of information in an easy to see and process format. And this one has a ton of statistics…all very well documented.

I particularly love the “When they Grow Up Section.”

Are you glad you were homeschooled?

Heck, yeah!

Will you homeschool your own children?

Darn straight.

Pretty sure my girls would concur.

Anyway…here are the cold, hard facts.  Homeschooling rocks.

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up


"Why I Homeschool" Revisited

In celebration of my 1-year "blogoversary" (which was actually last month!), I am revisiting one of my very first posts.  As a new blogger, I wanted my readers (though at the time, I didn’t actually have any readers!) to gain insight into who I was as a person and as a homeschooler.   Well, I was in for one gigantic shock when hundreds of readers "stumbled" into my brand new little home in the blogosphere and found something to relate to!  Well, in the year that has passed since I first published "Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool,"  I have added a few more good reasons to homeschool to the list. 

So today, in celebration of one year of blogging, I leave you with a few more reasons why I homeschool.
  • I prefer to choose the time, place, and manner for educating my children in the use (misuse) of recreational drugs as well as the consequences of such use
My friend’s 6th grader waits at the bus stop every morning with a group of middle school and high school students.  She knew the older kids were smoking, but didn’t realize WHAT they were smoking.  Several weeks into the school year, a construction worker employed by my friend drove by the bus stop and noticed a suspicious odor wafting through the air!  He told my friend, who in turn called both schools. 

Cue: "Whacha gonna do when they come for you? Bad boys, bad boys, whacha gonna do?"

Several days later the kids at the bus stop had the privilege of experience what most people only get to see on COPS!.  A police car raced up to the stop and two officers jumped out and performed a "drug bust" right there at the bus stop.  They targeted only the guilty parties (thankfully), dumped a pile of marijuana and "paraphernalia" on the hood of the cruiser, and promptly hauled the bad boys off to the police station. Wow.  Not your typical morning at the bus stop. Thanks, but no thanks.  My kids can learn about drugs in slightly less dramatic fashion.

But just in case some public school kids miss out on learning about drugs at the bus stop, maybe they can find this book in their school library. 

  • I prefer to choose the time, place, and manner of my child’s sex education. 
Pretty much all that needs to be said about this particular subject is contained in the story itself.  CLICK HERE.  (Incidentally, all charges were dropped against this man, but the school STILL refuses to notify parents when homosexuality will be discussed in the school’s classes…even kindergarten classes!) Even more horror stories out of Massachusetts here.

  • Homework is a waste of time.
If a child understands what the teacher taught, homework is redundant…and a waste of time.  If a child doesn’t understand what the teacher taught, the homework will only be confusing…and a waste of time.  The 6th grade student that lives next door to me does between 2-3 HOURS of homework some nights. That’s insane.  The kid just spent almost 8 hours in school.  As adults we get paid overtime for anything over 8 hours.  If you can’t teach what you need to in 8 hours, you shouldn’t be teaching.  Period. 

  • Homeschool is WAY cheaper than public school.
I cannot believe how much it costs my friends and relatives to send their children to public (taxpayer funded!) school. WAY more than it costs me to homeschool (not taxpayer funded!) And my kids are getting a better education. Hands down.

  • Liberal politics have completely ruined education in our country.

The more liberal our nation becomes, the worse our nation’s schools become. They (the liberals) think that if you just throw more money at the system, you can fix the problems. They think that if you can just get the kids in the system earlier, you can make them smarter.  If you think it’s bad now, just wait until Barak Obama (if he actually wins) and his ilk gain complete control of our government and our schools. (For a great commentary on Obama’s vision for America’s schools, head on over to A Woman on Purpose for this great post) As the government seeks to exert more and more control over the children placed in their care, situations like the one that is playing out in Lexington, MA, will become the norm rather a single isolated incident. 

I could go on and on.  The list keeps growing.  Maybe on my second anniversary I’ll add some more!  But in the meantime, my conviction remains strong.  If you want to protect your children emotionally, physically, and spiritually AND provide them with the best education money can buy, save yourself some money and bring them home!! 

Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool: #13

And the list goes on…and on…and on…OKAY, so I have alot more than 10 reasons why I homeschool…that’s a GOOD thing, right???

Going through some old pictures yesterday, I found this…

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I LOVE that my kids can "do school" like this!!  I’m fairly certain she had on PJ’s under that blanket!

Yet Another Reason…..

Last week I posted The Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool, but my list is growing!  A few days ago I added Reason #11 and now I’ve stumbled on yet another reason why I won’t send my daughters to public school!

I was "blog-surfing" the other day and happened upon Reason #12 HERE in a blog by HSB Senior Editor, Tia Linschied.

The #12 Reason Why I Homeschool:

At school in my home, my girls "won’t have to face an onslaught of feminine product mayhem."


Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool: #11

I just have to add another reason to my "Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool" list. 


I was reading a wonderful post (you go, Dippy!) the other day on JenIG’s GREAT blog about her son finally starting to read.  It reminded me of yet another reason why I homeschool.

Reason #11:  Homeschooled kids don’t get put into the "dumb" reading group or get "labeled" just because they aren’t ready to read by the age of 6. 


My firstborn was a natural learner…the kind that could learn in a room with no windows or doors.  The kind that makes you think you’re a REALLY great teacher…heck, they’ll probably be calling you to speak at a homeschool convention soon!


My second born reduced my lofty view of myself to something akin to dirt.


#2 has a late birthday, so she was almost 6 when she started kindergarten.  I expected her to be reading Shakespeare by Christmas.  By Christmas, she wasn’t reading Hop on Pop….or anything!  But I wasn’t too concerned…after all, she was only in Kindergarten. 


By the end of Kindergarten I began to get a teensy bit concerned.  By the end of 1st grade, panic set in!  Back then (it was the early 90’s) I felt like I was homeschooling in a fishbowl surrounded by hungry cats!  I had something to prove and this child was not helping me prove it!


How silly I was back in those early years.  When she was ready, she started to read…WELL!  By the age of 10, she could read a Nancy Drew book in 2 hours and 36 minutes, give or take a few minutes. 


Which brings me back to Reason #11.  Before becoming a homeschool mom, I was a PS teacher…a special ed teacher.  I KNOW what would have happened to my daughter if she had been in school.  She would probably still be wearing the label.


The Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool

“Why did you decide to homeschool?”

It’s not an unusual question, in fact if I’ve answered it once in my nearly 20 years of homeschooling, I’ve answered it a hundred times!  Well, from now on instead of trying to come up with an answer every time someone asks, I think I’ll just hand them a copy of my recently created Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool.  Enjoy!

The Top 10 Reasons Why I Homeschool

  • Pajamas are less expensive than school clothes.
  • Not all kids can color in the lines for 3 hours at the age of 5 1/2
  • The lines are shorter at Disney World in early October.
  • I want to experience the joy of teaching my child to read and watch the joy on his face when he reads his first chapter book!
  • Kids NEED socialization that doesn’t include getting made fun of for wearing the wrong brand of athletic shoes to school!
  • Kids are allowed to pray AND sing “Away in a Manger” and “Joy to the World” in MY school.
  • There’s something seriously wrong with a system which thinks that it can place 30 children with 17 different learning styles into one classroom with one teacher and expect them all to learn something.
  • School isn’t supposed to be entertaining,  it’s supposed to be about learning.
  • I LIKE my kids and I WANT to be with them all day!

And the #1 Reason that I homeschool my kids is……

  • Homeschooling WORKS!!