Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
I‘ll always remember that day at the library.
“Are you going off to kindergarten soon?” a well-meaning lady asked my four-year-old. He stared at her blankly, having never heard the word “kindergarten” before in his life.
“Uh, we’re thinking about homeschooling,” I said in a slightly nervous voice, my eyes on the floor.
It was the first time I’d been asked in public about it–but it most certainly was not the last.
If you’ve been at this for a while, I’m sure you have a similar story in your homeschooling history. Whether it’s a stranger, family member, or a prospective homeschooler, questions about your educational choice can catch you off guard or even leave you feeling defensive.
It’s helpful to develop some “standard answers” for these occasions.
Q & A
These days when I have the opportunity to talk about homeschooling, I always try to inject an upbeat, positive tone to the conversation.
Many of those who are not familiar with it may have never considered the many benefits that homeschoolers enjoy. I mention the fun we have, the freedom we enjoy by setting our own schedule, and the friends we get together with to learn and play.
How about you–what advice can you give to those just starting out who wonder how to answer these questions? How do you talk to your family about homeschooling? What about strangers or other prospective homeschoolers who are curious?