I asked a group of homeschooling children what they felt about homeschooling.
The children were aged between 8 and 12. This obviously doesn't make for serious research (only two of the children had ever been to school!), but I enjoyed listening to their views. They had obviously thought quite a lot about what being homeschooled meant to them - and how if effected them.
The advantages and disadvantages they came up with were surprising! Some not quite what I expected.
This is what they told me ;
I thought it interesting that the children raised socialization themselves. And felt that benefit of seeing friends every day was balanced by getting to choose your friends from a wider variety of ages - in finding friends that you really liked and had the same interests as you (not just going to the same school as you).
I think socialization was also behind the 'school bus' comment, as this is really the place school children get to socialize.
Although they relished the idea of 'being who you want to be' (and felt that was a really important benefit of being homeschooled), they did feel the disadvantage of being thought 'different' from other children who go to school.
They said it was tiresome to constantly have to explain how homeschooling worked, and that schooled children automatically assumed they wouldn't know anything. One of the children said "They always start off by asking what school you go to - so you always have to explain. Then some of them think it is neat, but lots of them start testing you to see if you can do math. They just don't think you can learn anything unless you go to school"
So, it wasn't quite what I expected, or what I would list as homeschooling pros and cons. But it was very interesting to see things from the children's point of view.
What do your children think about homeschooling? The advantages and disadvantages? I would love to hear from them. Why not share your homeschooling story.