I am often asked questions about my experience thus far in Homeschooling. I am by no means an expert. Still, I will share the Q & A.
1. Are you not worried your kids will be introverts and unsociable?
No. I am not in the least worried that my children will turn out as introverts or be unsociable. Sit down and talk to my kids. You will see they are neither introverted nor unsociable. They love talking to people. They are polite, respectful children who engage well with others.
2. How often do you homeschool and for how long?
Home education is different than public education. Students are always with their teacher. In public school, there is a 7-8 hour window in which children are with their teacher.
3. Are you a licensed or certified to teach?
The Lord God Almighty licensed me as my children’s mother and certified me to teach them when he commanded me by way of the Scripture to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 KJV. So, with the Holy Spirit as my guide, I have the knowledge I need to impart to my children.
4. Do you ever get tired of staying home all the time?
I don’t stay home all the time. In fact, I am only home all day about once a week. And even then, we aren’t stuck inside all day. We are usually shopping for books, playing at the park, discovering God’s green earth, at a library, visiting family, etc.
5. Is it hard to teach your own children?
No. It is actually a natural process that requires little skill but lots of love and patience.
6. Are you worried your children will be behind?
My children are three and five. My five year old has been reading for almost six months. He works math problems on a first grade level, and he is very creative. He loves to put puzzles together. Not the 5-piece baby puzzles. The 48-100 piece puzzles. 48 piece puzzles usually take 15-20 minutes to assemble solo (I don’t help at all!) the first go-round. After that, he can usually piece them together in less than 8 minutes. I struggle with 24 piece puzzles, by the way! My three year old daughter knows how to write her name and all the alphabet in upper case and lower case. She recognizes numbers 0-18 and can write 0-9. She has an interest in reading and is currently working on single consonant sounds. She can also solve simple addition problems such as 3 + 2 = 5. She participates in our Science and Social Studies lessons, both of which are taken from first grade textbooks. Both my children have spoken in complete sentences by the time they were 18-21 months old. They don’t seem behind to me at all.
7. Which method of homeschooling do you prefer?
I prefer the method that best suits the child. Children are individual and should be treated as such. I currently use a relaxed method that includes many of the Charlotte Mason aspects.
8. Will your children ever attend public school?
I cannot determine the future. But I do know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing right now.