MollyGreen.com | Summer on the Homestead | Summer 2016 80
not know an answer, then we try to find
the answer together.” So many people,
including those new to homeschooling,
think you need to know all the answers
before you teach a subject. I often remind
people that they taught their kids how
to talk and play games. If you can teach
your children to do those things, you can
teach them anything.
“How will your kids learn to … (raise
their hand to ask a question in a group,
stand in a line, take turns, ask permis-
sion to go to the bathroom, etc.)?”
While I find this question odd, even funny, I have to remind myself that so many
people are still in the public school mind-set. My children have learned to do all of
these things by going to church. But they
could also learn to stand in line while
waiting to get on an amusement park ride
or shopping with me at the grocery store!
Children learn to take turns playing with
a sibling or any other person.
“So you just give your kids passing
grades so you look good?”
I don’t understand why anyone would
feel the need to ask this question. Maybe
they think anyone could cheat, and claim
their kids learned something when they
didn’t. Yet, homeschooling is a way of life
for us. A parent homeschools out of love
for their children and a desire to provide
the education uniquely suited to them,
not because we want them to cheat their
way into college.
“Your child is not a normal teenager!”
This harsh comment actually came from
“How will you homeschool three
a teenager about my child, but I wouldn’t
be surprised if an adult had said the
same thing. What is a normal teenager?
Someone who is rude, moody, talks back
all the time, is on her phone 24/7, dates a
different guy/girl each week, and sneaks
around smoking? Then I am glad my
child is not “normal.”
There are many stereotypes about home-
schoolers. When someone discovers you
homeschool, they may assume your
children will not be “normal.” I have
told my kids that there is no normal.
God created each of us to be different
as unique individuals, but we are also
to be kind, respectful, giving, and
most of all, like Christ. Sadly, none
of us can be completely like Christ.
However, we can try, and for many
people today that is not seen as “nor-
mal teen behavior.” Be grateful if your
kids are different!
kids at the same time?”
My response to this is “How does a
teacher teach thirty kids at the same
time?” No, not really, but I do think
it sometimes! I explain we all learn
together, but also, each lesson is age
appropriate. What this means is that a
younger child may be required to write
one sentence on the lesson we studied,
while an older child will have to write
a paragraph or more. It is easy to make
lessons age appropriate.
As homeschooling parents we will
always face questions and judgments. As
someone who has a tender heart, I have
trouble not taking it personally, but I try
to remind myself that seemingly rude
questions or comments are often just the
result of curiosity or lack of knowledge.
If all else fails when trying to explain how
and why we do what we do, I simply say,
“This works for us.”
Ashley Allgood is a Christian
wife married twenty-one
years to Michael. They have
three children ages 19, 16,
and 14. They live in Georgia
where they homeschool their children. Ash-
ley is a distributor for Young Living essential
oils. Ashley has always loved writing and
storytelling. Read her blog , Thoughts Of
Faith at mythoughtsoffaith.blogspot.com.