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No One Ever Told Me Homeschooling Would Be Like This

No one told me homeschooling would be like this

No one ever told me homeschooling would be like this.

And even if they would have, I wouldn’t have believed them.

I was a homeschool student before it was cool. I had the desk in the basement, the fake school name, the duck-and-cover drills when the doorbell rang.

I also had the voracious reading during breakfast, lunch, and every car trip; the ceremonious throwing of the completed calculus book down the stairs my junior year; the straight As and stellar college entrance exams; the music awards and scholarships. All the trappings of the Well-Homeschooled Student.

When I graduated from our homeschool, I blessed my parents and long-suffering friends with an hour-long music recital followed by another hour-long program of speeches exalting not only homeschooling itself but my parents in particular. I gave my own detailed testimonial and presented my parents with a plaque in recognition of their achievements in raising me.

I never did see that plaque again.

Now it is my turn.

All these years slaving away at the teacher’s manual, poring over the math lessons, correcting and recorrecting the writing assignments, enduring science experiments inside the house…I am eligible for my own plaque in two short years.

My son dared request that when he graduates, he enjoy pizza and cake and video games privately with his friends. No mention of my plaque.

I want a plaque! I deserve a catered party, fancy speeches, and a plaque!

No one ever told me homeschooling would be like thisI also deserve for my children to honor me by earning exceptional grades, trophies in sports and fine arts, and commendations from the church and community. Right?

Instead, I am getting stinky soccer uniforms, protests against performances, questionable test results, and mediocre grades.

This turn of events is unsettling to say the least. For someone trained that anything below 92% was completely unacceptable, the fact that some students, related to me by birth, may at times score an F on an assignment is unfathomable.

Read more of my article here.

1 Comment

  1. Patricia Dorsey says

    I love this! Remember, I’m a trained and experienced teacher. When our sons came home with a C in anything, I had to “suck it up.” Why? Because that represents a lot of my own grades! Go figure! LOL I wondered which side of our families they came from? My husband and I just had to accept that part of their DNA didn’t come from us at all! In addition, my husband is quite capable in Math and I am totally NOT! We just had to accept that: 1. they didn’t work up to their capabilities or 2. they really couldn’t do this type of work! I know you can share similar experiences. Don’t give up and continue to encourage others.

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