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The Rise of Homeschooling

Feb 15, 2012

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Emilee Gettle, known on Etsy as Heirloomgirl, is a busy woman. With her husband Jere, she operates a multimillion dollar, multistate heirloom seed business called the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company that includes stores in Missouri, California and Connecticut. Last year, their company launched the country’s first National Heirloom Exposition, drawing speakers from around the world and over 10,000 gardeners from all 50 states. Emilee is hard at work writing a vegan cookbook, the second project in a three book deal with Hyperion. She edits her own craft blog and a quarterly magazine. She’s a mom. And she gives back: in 2011, Baker Creek donated over a quarter million seed packets to schools and non-profits around the country to support garden education and healthy eating.

But when Emilee was a little girl, her future as a happy, productive adult wasn’t so clear. “In the fifth grade I began coming home from school in tears,” she told me. “I was often bored, waiting for the other kids to catch up. Other times, I felt left behind, especially in math. All children learn differently and the structure at our school just wasn’t right for me. School didn’t feel stable, and my parents were distraught to see me crying all the time.” It was then that her parents made the decision to homeschool her.

Homeschooling, perhaps once thought of as a place for “back country kids” or a fringe activity for nonconformists, is growing in popularity and stature across the United States. Statistics are somewhat sketchy; the U.S. government has been keeping records on homeschoolers only since 1999, and many states do not require homeschoolers to register. But one thing is clear: homeschooling is on the rise. Participation increased 74 percent between 1999 and 2007, and rose another 7 percent by 2010. Today, the number of children in homeschools is estimated to be roughly between 1.5 million and 2 million, or about the size of the country’s two largest public school districts – New York City Department of Education and Los Angeles Unified – combined.

Homeschooling can take many forms: individual home instruction, small groups – with or without credentialed teachers – sometimes incorporating online courses. In some states, homeschoolers might even attend public school for one or more classes, or join a local school’s band or sports team. I’ve learned it’s important not to stereotype who you imagine a “typical” homeschooler to be. For example, a colleague from Berkeley, California – a Ph.D. who you might loosely classify as a secular Left Coast progressive – recently announced he has begun homeschooling his son.

Critics of homeschooling question whether parents are qualified to teach, particularly those parents who may not have teaching degrees or backgrounds in education. Another concern is whether homeschooling can be isolating, resulting in a lack of socialization.

For Emilee, now 28, the socialization issue was addressed early in her homeschooling experience when her mother opened a small, home-based hairdressing business. “Soon, women and girls were coming right to our front door,” recalls Emilee. Learning about a home-based business came in handy as an adult when she met her husband, who also was homeschooled and who started Baker Creek Seed in his bedroom when he was just 17. “I don’t think I would have been as comfortable with having our own business if I had only known 9-to-5 jobs,” she says. “If you sit behind a desk in school, I think sitting behind a desk becomes natural. It can become how you see yourself in life, behind a desk.”

What do education experts say about homeschooling? Sir Ken Robinson – perhaps the closest thing education has to a rock star – suggests that homeschools and public schools could benefit from a dialogue that shares the best practices of each. ”[Public] schools are still pretty much modeled on factory lines,” he says. “It’s essentially about conformity…and I believe we’ve got to go in the exact opposite direction.” That direction, says Sir Ken, is a more individualized education that supports the unique creative potential of each child.

Both Sir Ken and Emilee stress that homeschooling isn’t for everyone. “I see it for those who need it, who can afford it, and who do have the time,” Emilee says. She is homeschooling her own daughter, four-year-old Sasha, pictured throughout this post. In additional to academic studies and traveling with her family as they research heirloom plant varieties around the world, Sasha will also learn about traditional handcrafts, including what Emilee calls the “lost arts” of earlier days. Emilee believes that education should include “pursuing your dreams while using your hands. Every child is different, and I want her to dream her own dreams, not somebody else’s. I mean, God doesn’t give you those dreams for you to stifle them.”

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4 Featured Comments

  • TopStitchDesign

    Anna from TopStitchDesign said 5 years ago Featured

    This might be a great idea for all the families. Sadly this might not work for everyone. Homeschooling doesn't always provide adequate education for children, especially when it would come to highly scientific subjects as science and math. Although, in public or even private schools they do not always teach about things that would really be useful in day to day life: ex - change a tire, sew a button on, correctly do laundry, and become less reliant on the parent. In my opinion, a combination of part time school part time home school might be best for the child's learning!

  • Imaginationkids

    Imaginationkids from Imaginationkids said 5 years ago Featured

    We too are happy homeschoolers! I feel like the "home" part is so misleading because we are always on the go- library, field trips, art classes, girl scouts, writing class- just to name a bit of what we do in a typical week. One of the greatest pros for us is we can work at our own pace and choice a curriculum and approach to learning that best suits each of our children. Choosing to homeschool our children has been one of most carefully thought out and significant choices we have made as parents.

  • iambetty

    Betty Costner said 5 years ago Featured

    I am thankful for parents who did a wonderful job of homeschooling me and my siblings. We schooled at our own pace, were challenged and allowed to excel quickly in our strong areas, and travelled unhurried through tough subjects to gain full understanding of them. Not having to keep pace with 30 or more kids saved my education. Having hours every day to play, burn off steam and just be a kid helped us really focus on our school and we often had our work completed in a few short hours. When I went to high school in later years, grades dropped in math & chem from having to keep pace, and everything else bored me. Had I continued studies at home I think I would have kept better grades in my weak subjects and had opportunity to enjoy my strong subjects.

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 5 years ago Featured

    Thanks, everyone, for your amazing comments and supportive tone. I was largely ignorant about "modern" homeschooling when I starting writing this post and I've learned more from it than anything I have ever written. My biggest takeaway was to have an open mind and realize that every child learns differently and may benefit from a variety of educational approaches throughout his or her development. Not every parent will want, need, or be able to include homeschooling, however, I think it is healthy to see that the stigma formerly attached to it is fading. I am very heartened to hear that Etsy has provided a means for some families to cover the economic gap that can result from spending more time at home. Much appreciation goes to Emilee Gettle and Etsy for their support.


  • GeorginaKay

    Georgina from GeorginaKay said 5 years ago

    what a thought provoking post. there isn't that much homeschooling in the UK still, or if it is it doesnt seem as popular as in the States. The freedom and chance to expand on creativity must be a real blessing. Of course it depends on the child too.

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 5 years ago

    I wish I had time to homeschool.

  • DeborahJoyDesigns

    Deborah from DeborahJoyDesigns said 5 years ago

    My parents home schooled me. I think for me the pros definitively outweighed the cons. Sometimes I would with that I could "see my friends all the time" but I loved the flexibility homeschooling gave to me. It also made me very independent, I can learn from a teacher but I can also learn on my own.

  • ArtyDidact

    Sharon Parker from ArtyDidact said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling was the best thing I ever did for my kids. My son was struggling with reading and falling behind in school and his teacher didn't make an effort to find out why, she just piled on the work and kept him in at lunchtime and recess to catch up on his "work." That was in second grade! I watched my once happy little guy turn clingy and whiny, his personality was actually changing, so I pulled him out of school and gave him all the recess time he wanted. As it turned out, he had dyslexia and that's why he was struggling with reading. After being introduced to "unschooling" at a local homeschooling conference, I just started winging it. We never had much structure and I didn't worry too much about "What every third grader needs to know" and all that, we were total free spirits about it. Soon my daughter, then in 5th grade, joined us. She choose to homeschool because of the socialization! She was tired of getting caught between rival girl cliques. As a homeschooler she could play soccer with the boys and nobody teased her. We found plenty of other homeschooling families and co-ops to join, and formed many lasting friendships in the process. Now my daughter's finishing up her BA in English and philosophy at Albion college in Michigan and my son is working for Apple while teaching himself web design and coding. He did learn to read, with the help of a tutor, and he even participated in a homeschool Shakespeare troupe for a few years. And he still loves recess -- he practices parkour and yoga and is very active. They're both happy, well-adjusted young adults and they have actually thanked me for homeschooling them. I agree it's not for everybody, but it's not because of any lack of expertise on the parents' part, it's really about attitude and temperament. The best advice I ever heard, from a mom sitting in a panel about unschooling, when someone asked how can you be sure your children are learning what they need to know, was "Sometimes you just have to have a little faith in your kids."

  • ArtyDidact

    Sharon Parker from ArtyDidact said 5 years ago

    That was a bit of a long rant! Sorry!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    Tryntsje from HandmadeHandsome said 5 years ago

    Interesting subject. My daughter is an only child and I wonder if it would do her good. On the other hand: school is boring, she tells me every day.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    My daughter loves going to school! She loves making friends and I feel that is so important for her at this time. She gets so upset when she misses a day cause she is sick or something. I'm not against homeschooling but I feel she would be so bored being at home all the time. She loves to learn and I'm grateful enough for her to be in such a wonderful school district!

  • pieceofpisces

    pieceofpisces from pieceofpisces said 5 years ago

    It seems to me that homeschooling is more common with people who don't follow the crowd themselves (which applies to plenty of us who work here at Etsy). My two will never see a normal classroom, and that suits us all fine.

  • pieceofpisces

    pieceofpisces from pieceofpisces said 5 years ago

    Alot of children who are homeschooled don't spend all day at home, but are involved in things during "normal school hours", example my boys have surf lessons midweek (thier preferred sport), others are at museums, parks, zoos or aquariums.

  • TopStitchDesign

    Anna from TopStitchDesign said 5 years ago Featured

    This might be a great idea for all the families. Sadly this might not work for everyone. Homeschooling doesn't always provide adequate education for children, especially when it would come to highly scientific subjects as science and math. Although, in public or even private schools they do not always teach about things that would really be useful in day to day life: ex - change a tire, sew a button on, correctly do laundry, and become less reliant on the parent. In my opinion, a combination of part time school part time home school might be best for the child's learning!

  • TotusMel

    Pamela Quevedo from TotusMel said 5 years ago

    I homeschool my kids as well as it works for us. I'm glad there are so many options available for parents now so that our kids can do what's right for them and learn in so many diverse ways.

  • GrasshopperHillFarm

    GrasshopperHillFarm from GrasshopperHillFarm said 5 years ago

    We homeschool as well. My husband and I both have backgrounds in education, and we just felt like it was the right choice for our kids. I definitely agree that it's not for everyone, but it's been a great experience for our family.

  • pineapplepetekids

    Alison from pineapplepetekids said 5 years ago

    Very interesting read. My son will be starting kindergarten next year and I admit I am a little worried about how he will take to school. He has so many interests that I would love to teach him more about (mostly relating to how machines work, how to build/make things). I know I was frustrated through most of high school- I am hoping I can top up his education at home by taking advantage of the knowledge of all his grandparents. I had never considered part-time public school, part-time home school- lots to think about!

  • luxdivine

    Jessica Neil from luxdivine said 5 years ago

    Im homeschooling my son and any other children we have!!! School wasnt for me either! Etsy has made it possible for me to homeschool and stay at home...its been such a blessing!!!

  • foreverjoannslove

    alexandra from foreverjoannslove said 5 years ago

    Love this article:) My husband and me plan to homeschool our oldest next year when he starts preschool. He is a fast learner and focuses mostly on mechanical aspects of things. We know it will be worth it to teach him at his own pace and in a way he understands them instead of in a basic way aimed at a whole classroom. We already are thinking of different field trips we can do to give him a wider concept of the world around him.

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    Krista from TheBeadtriss said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling...and that is how I can have a etsy shop. I love being able to "learn in real life" how a business works. Its wonderful experience. (Most of the time!) ~KK~

  • FairyfolkWeddings

    FairyfolkWeddings from FairyfolkWeddings said 5 years ago

    Loved this article! Thank you for sharing your homeschooling story with us. You are clearly a very creative person.

  • sakurascooter

    Karen said 5 years ago

    As with any approach, there are pros and cons. From the article and from the comments I've read, the pros appear to be a customized curriculum and more "real-life" experiences. I've read some of the comments and homeschooled kids appear just as well-socialized and well-adjusted. Are there cons to homeschooling? How well do homeschooled kids do on standardized tests? Do they have the same opportunities for higher education?

  • JanitaLeePhotography

    Janita Court from JanitaLeePhotography said 5 years ago

    Seriously contemplating the homeschooling. My son is very active and does not conform to what teachers call normal for school behavior. Not willing to drug my son to conform to their expectations. Oh the struggles of parenting! ;)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Great article~ not every child learns in traditonal classroom settings~ our son with ADD struggled ~ his teachers in a small private school allowed him to take tests alone or verbally ~ he would have thrived home schooled.

  • woolies

    Sara from woolies said 5 years ago

    As a leader of the Natural Kids Team on Etsy, many of our team-mates are homeschooling families (we all create natural products for children). I have such admiration for these families!!!

  • londonviaparis

    Jenny B from BasilandBones said 5 years ago

    I was a homeschooled kid. My husband likes to make fun of it at times since he was in Public school his entire life. I loved it! We had a homebase school where all the other homeschoolers could sign up for activities (drama, language, etc) so socialization was never an issue. We were all assigned a teacher whom would meet with us and our parents once a month to go over work, etc. While my peers were 'stuck behind desks" I was often visiting museums, going to the beach, and so much more. Plus, my parents were never worried about what terrible habits I might pick up from school that my older non home schooled siblings had.

  • uniquefabricgifts

    Unique Fabric Gifts from uniquefabricgifts said 5 years ago

    I agree that it's not for everyone. We didn't home school our children, but I know someone who did and I believe that it was the best thing that could happened to her kids, and they loved it!

  • Eastvillageartisans

    Eastvillageartisans from Eastvillageartisans said 5 years ago

    Once a homeschooled child herself, Emilee Gettle is now passing down an eduction

  • Hattire

    Paula A. from AbstractBedouin said 5 years ago

    I homeschool my three girls. They love it. They cannot grasp the idea that many of their friends sit in a classroom all day. I love that whenever they have a question they can voice it and we can immediately look it up and explore. I hope that I am encouraging their individual adventuring spirits. Great read!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios from MerCurios said 5 years ago

    Very interesting article. Although my son just started public kindergarten, we have many friends in the neighborhood (and around the country) who are homeschooling their children. Being an only child, my biggest concern was the socialization aspect. Then I found out that home schooling doesn't necessarily mean that the child is alone. There are groups of parents that home school their children together -- a class room atmosphere without worrying about missing the bus in the morning. Honestly, home schooling is not something I ever considered for our family. That said, however, I am extremely open-minded should the need ever arise.

  • blueridgewoodworking

    Gabe and Athena from BlueRidgeWoodworking said 5 years ago

    We are considering homeschooling our son. He started school a year early and is in advanced classes and is truly bored. He does not want to do the work they assign and the teachers have all but given up on him. He would rather read a book than listen to his teachers. They have actually said that homeschooling might be the way to go. It also seems that many teachers here are homeschooling their kids, while continuing to teach at public school. The irony is astounding. The school system is nothing like how it used to be.

  • KiraArts

    Kira Sinclair from KiraArts said 5 years ago

    A lot of my friends homeschool. I actually teach an art class once a week for a couple of them (because I am the "artsy" friend with no kids of my own!).

  • catcancrochet

    Cat Tatsch from CatCanCrochet said 5 years ago

    To Karen - as with anything, there are definitely pros AND cons. It just depends on the person. As a homeschooler myself, I found that it perfectly matched my own personality and learning style, but I have a friend who left homeschooling and went to public school in her teens because she craved the structure of traditional public school. As far as tests, most states in the U.S. don't require homeschoolers to take standardized tests so there's very little information on that. As far as college, homeschoolers have just as many opportunities as anyone else, so don't let that concern you. It's more about being aware of the opportunities, instead of letting them pass you by like many people do when figuring out the whole "college thing."

  • PolkaDotBabyBoutique

    Jes Hoyda from DotDotBabyBoutique said 5 years ago

    I was home schooled, on and off, I plan on homeschooling my son till I can't keep up with the math :) it was great! The curriculum is structured per child, so you're not wasting time sitting thru a lecture you already know, or when you need extra help you have your one teacher - mom - or dad, to take the extra time. Way more inspiring, and ya, I loved it.... Great article. Pics are cute too!

  • Fysh

    Claire Baker said 5 years ago

    I tutor and I can see how children could greatly benefit from homeschooling. Some are bored by the worksheets, some are too shy to really participate, and of course, some need extra help in the basics. However, I can see lack of discipline being a real problem. Not just manners, but shrugging off work, not being held accountable for bad decisions... If a parent considers home schooling (or tutoring!) I think they need to be ready to take an honest look at their parenting methods. You have to be ready to accept constructive criticism and train yourself to evaluate objectively.

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 5 years ago

    I am friends with a couple of homeschooling families. They have some of the nicest kids that you would ever meet!

  • TeenyBunny

    Angela from MightyBunny said 5 years ago

    I am also homeschooling my children. We love it. They are able to explore what interests them. I remember being so incredibly bored in school. I decided while I was still in high school that I would homeschool my own children. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity.

  • ChristionClothiers

    Christion from ChristionClothiers said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled and loved it. I had a good blend of structured study time along with involvement in other activities outside of the home. Though true that it's not for everyone, it can be a wonderful experience for others.

  • tiesnbuttons

    Sam from TiesnButtons said 5 years ago

    We homeschool our 6 year old as he is on the Autism Spectrum and dealing with 'normal' life on a day to day basis can be hard enough for him - he struggles with social aspects of life and finds it very difficult to concentrate on things he is supposed to be learning when he is distracted by everything else. A whole group situation every day will likely never be the normal for our son and likely not his younger brother and sister either. He needs regular breaks during a day and homeschooling means we can take the breaks when he needs them and are not restricted to 9am to 3pm school hours. I do have a background education in and don't feel that school is a 'safe or positive experience' for all kids especially those with differences. I appreciate that not everyone has the time or resources to consider homeschool - but it does seem there are a few of us on Etsy with 'alternative' lifestyles.......good luck and have fun everyone!

  • shawnnasmith1

    Shawnna Smith from Created2BCaptivated said 5 years ago

    I am homeschooling my girls and it was a great decision for our family. I love the time we all spend together. Because homeschooling is not as taboo as it used to be, there are so many groups that we belong to, which helps to keep my girls meeting new people.

  • jacki650

    Jackie Sandoval said 5 years ago

    Great article! I have been seeing a lot about homeschooling and it is definitely an option. I am loving those related items too :) great stuff...should definitely be added to this list of homeschooling resources >

  • tiesnbuttons

    Sam from TiesnButtons said 5 years ago

    p.s forgot to mention that one of my sons creative pieces is already in the store - he loves to make things and sew - as do the little ones but they are mostly glue based at the moment...haha!

  • mbueb

    Monica Bueb from MonicaBags said 5 years ago

    I probably did not have the best education (both in public and private schools), but what made the biggest impression on me after attending a elementary / jr. high of no more than 160 students total was entering a high school of 2000+ students with such an array of clubs, sports, groups and performances that one could be apart of. That's where i felt like I really succeeded. It was empowering for me — something I don't know if I'd have the same possibilities in homeschooling. More often than not, however, these opportunities have unfortunately been disappearing in public schools. So I certainly can see the interest in paving a new path for your children through homeschooling.

  • wildthingsdresses

    Kirsty Hartley from wildthingsdresses said 5 years ago

    Thanks Karen for adding the little apron. and a coincidence,as I have just bought one of the rainbow artwork holders for my daughters! Kirsty x

  • bradgoodell

    Brad and Maggie from bradgoodell said 5 years ago

    We homeschool our two sons, and it has been great. Kids can pursue interests in depth, and move at a pace that is comfortable for them. Our sons have thrived, and I'm happy we have had the choice and opportunity to homeschool. It creates a wonderful family environment.

  • ClassicRebel

    Jolynn Baldwin said 5 years ago

    Karen, as a former homeschooler (2nd grade through graduation) I can attest to the fact that there are plenty of opportunities in higher education for those who learn at home. I am currently a PhD candidate in the third ranked program in my field, and the skills I gained being homeschooled still help me everyday. Homeschooling was SO right for me, but my younger brother decided to attend public high school because he was incredibly social and responded well to that structure, so the decision to homeschool should still be weighed carefully as each child is different.

  • theimperfectionary

    Daphne Coffman from theimperfectionary said 5 years ago

    Great article! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • LacyTreasures

    Darlene from LacyTreasures said 5 years ago

    Thanks for this interesting post. I was a hesitant home educator in the beginning, to say the least, but after educating myself about teaching my children and actually trying it, there was no turning back. We started in 1992 and I won't be finished with my fourth child until 2015. One child is happily married to a successful, self-employed home school grad; one is a dental assistant studying to become a dental hygienist and one is studying to be an ultrasound tech. The two in college have 4.0 GPA's. (I only had some college.) I suggest one research it, try it, and then pass judgment on it.

  • topazjoy

    Jazzmyn Cramer from topazjoy said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled from age 3 or so until third grade, Best years of my education. I was too much of a daydreamer, and I needed to learn to function in society so I was enrolled in the district's 'gifted' program, which made a smooth transition; the the class size was smaller, we were challenged to find material at our level, and went on tons of field trips. I left the program after two years and was then an "honors student" in mainstream public education which meant I had a larger load of standard level work. I struggled really hard to fit into public school. I was bored with endless worksheets, my own personal lack of discipline bit me in the butt as I would do the bare minimum of homework and ace the test to get a B. I work hard, I do what I like to do and do it well. My mother exposed me to the traditional crafts, gardening, preserving fruits and vegetables, sewing, mending, knitting, as well as setting me on an early path to music, language, and a ravenous appetite for reading whatever I could get my hands on. Homeschooling gave me a foundation which nearly everything I learned in the next 10 years of school tied into. I think it gave me a depth of understanding that a lot of other students didn't get to appreciate. I will homeschool my (not yet existent) kids.

  • emptynestegg

    Mary Carrellas from emptynestegg said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling my kids was the most rewarding thing in my life. The time I put into it has paid me back tenfold in how proud I am in who they have become.

  • madefromscratch4u

    Lizzie from madefromscratch4u said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling is amazing. No socalization is crazy. I still saw my friends twice a week or so. Love it!

  • SunflowerHeaven

    SunflowerHeaven from SunflowerHeaven said 5 years ago

    I grew up in the UK and moved to the US in my early 20's, my hubby and I decided to homeschool our now 5yr old when she was about 1yr old. So far it is sooo the right choice for her and us.... but we have a long way to go, I just feel there are many more life learning opportunities to be had. :0) Great Read, Thank You! x

  • rose2413

    Savannah Kaszas said 5 years ago

    Hey Karen! I was homeschooled as well from 1st through 11th grade when I early enrolled in college. Here is Florida, we did have to do once-a-year testing or have a teacher complete a portfolio review. States vary in their requirements. We always scored well above average, as did many of our friends. I don't have any documentation to refer you to, but most studies and info that I have read show that homeschoolers score above both public and private schoolers on the average. Some universities require more testing (like the SAT II) for entry as a homeschooler, but communities colleges are pretty open. As someone said above, it's really just a mindset. Just as in public and private education, kids need to be held to high standards and expectations. If you always tell them that they can achieve, and that they can and will go to college, they will figure out how to get there! I'm currently applying for Teach For America, which is an Ameri-corp teaching program that focuses on closing the achievement gap and helping high-risk children make it to college. Soooo, sorry you got me on my soap box :) As far as cons...I really strain to think of any! It's definitely not for everyone and I've known a few families that tried it and didn't like it. Reasons vary- mostly behavior and attitude issues I THINK. However, most families I know that homeschooled produced highly driven, successful young adults.

  • CreativeCardsForYou

    Julie Lynn from PolkaDot99Designs said 5 years ago

    I am being homeschooled - I love it:)

  • nebulousdaydreams

    Natasha Smith said 5 years ago

    I'm impressed by parents who take the time to examine all the possible educational options and then choose the one that best suits each child. Many people benefit from a year or two of home schooling and then return to public school, happier than ever before. Unfortunately, some parents do not consider their children's desires at all when determining their educational paths. Like my six siblings, I was home schooled. After several years of pressing, they finally allowed me to go to public school as a 10th-grader, which was by far the best option for me at the time. Two sisters started college early, two also went to public high schools, and the youngest ones are still home schooled. It can be an empowering option - but if enforced against the child's will, I believe it is inappropriate and should actually be illegal. Blocking a child off from opportunities for socialization, ignoring the child's request to study additional subjects (like real science!), and cutting school time short to have children do additional chores? Yes, these things happen. (One year, my parents pretty much ignored school and had us help with painting, cleaning and fixing the house and preparing for a cross-country move.) And they shouldn't. Home schooling needs to be carefully regulated by educational officials. Parents who abuse this privilege should be prosecuted.

  • leeschein

    Lee Schein from leeschein said 5 years ago

    Important subject.. Thank you

  • bailsnbeads

    Edie t from bailsnbeads said 5 years ago

    We are currently homeschooling our three kids, and have been homeschooling for 5 years! It's a lifestyle I never planned to be involved in, but now that we are here we will never go back. Each year I tell my kids they have a choice. I won't keep them home if they really want to go to school. They always choose homeschool. My 13 year old is in 7th grade and is a very independent learner. She's the babysitter in the house and will often help out with her younger siblings as well as babysit other people's children. My 9 year old still likes lots of attention while he does his school work, but he's getting more independent. My 6 year old is right on my lap during school. She's becoming quite a little reader! I'm so proud! We belong to a homeschool co-op, have local homeschool friends, and my kids are involved in scouting, church youth groups, and take piano lessons. They want to join 4H too... we'll have to see if we have time! I also own a small bead shop in town, and the kids often come with me! Since we started homeschooling my kids have become happier, have more sleep, more time to play, and less illness. They also get along with each other much better since we brought them all home for school. Homeschool really works for us!

  • JoyousCrafts

    Heather Salzman from JoyousCrafts said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled my entire life and I can honestly say that it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I would not be running my business if it was not for homeschooling. I LOVE it! And as to the socializing issue, I run my own businesses, and as you know, that requires a lot of socializing. I would say that I have more social skills from dealing with people older than myself and solving issue with unhappy customers, ect., than most of the children who go to public school and only mix with their own age group. Yes, homeschooling has been a huge blessing in my life.

  • ButtonJars

    Eve from ButtonJars said 5 years ago

    I homeschool our three and plan to do so all the way through. The greatest way to love your kids!

  • HoneyBeeHolistics

    Melissa from HoneyBeeHolistics said 5 years ago

    I went to public school growing up & was bored to say the least. I was at the top of my graduating class & went to college for a few years. Just not my path, I felt! When I started my business 5 years ago my entire drive was to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom and raise my future children myself! I worked hard at my Sales Job for over 12 years & have excelled in many areas in my life! One of them is my ability to self teach. My daughter will be 2 years old this Spring & I have not regretted even 1 monute of it! I am so blessed to not only be able to, but have the desire to be at home with my daughter & be her teacher! We will be homeschooling as well! She is already learning so much and is so VERY excelled! I believe that if a parent chooses to be the teacher in the childrens life & teach them life skills they will use......NOT fabricated & edited information that is required in the US schools......then they will be better children & Adults who will have a broader mindset for life!

  • ladyfranslibrary

    Gail Frances Ott Brown from ladyfranslibrary said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling my daughter, was by far, one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. She has grown into a beautiful young woman and has a 4.0 GPA in college. She is honest, hard-working, pleasant, happy with a zest for life that you don't often see in young adults her age. She also has a lot of different interests in life and never gets bored. We were able to spend so much time together and it has enhanced all of my family and their lives. Homeschooling her afforded her the opportunity and time to develop very meaningful relationships with all of her Grandparents and other family members which has been vital in her life. Also, she is comfortable in her skin and able to get along with others of various age groups other than just her own peers as she has always been exposed to different age groups in growing up. She loves that she was schooled at home and none of us would change it for the world. As stated before, one of the BEST opportunities and decisions we have ever made.

  • penthesilea

    penthesilea said 5 years ago

    Article: ---"Critics of homeschooling question whether parents are qualified to teach, particularly those parents who may not have teaching degrees or backgrounds in education."--- It bugs me when people wring their hands over parents being qualified as teachers. Homeschooling vs Public Schooling is like comparing a home-cooked meal to an institutional cafeteria meal. Just because the home cook isn't a professional gourmet chef doesn't mean they can't feed their family. I was homeschooled during my early school years until my little sister was born. My husband & I homeschool our son and it was the best decision for our family. Every family is different and should do whatever works for them.

  • marthathehipster

    Katie Flynn from abchaberdashery said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this post!

  • izimoon

    Sarah Moon said 5 years ago

    I was not homeschooled ( I wish I had been). I did suffer through my public school education and took years to work up the courage to go back to school after highschool. Everyone seems to worry about the quality of education and the socialization of children if they are home schooled. I had teachers that should have never been allowed to teach. There is no perfect educational situation for everyone. I have three daughters that all attend public school and I have been in a debate with myself over the standards of education that I could provide them through homeschooling even though I now have a BA in Art Education. I see the failures that have come from the education they are getting now... there are pros and cons to any situation but who is going to care most about the standard of my girls education, their teacher or their mother? and the debate continues.... thanks for the article by the way.

  • ladyfranslibrary

    Gail Frances Ott Brown from ladyfranslibrary said 5 years ago

    P.S. I do not have a teaching degree or an educational background, however, I relearned right along with my daughters learning and taught her to LOVE learning and therefore she will do it for a lifetime. And did I say she has a 4.0 GPA?! :)

  • sjegan

    Sarah-Jane Egan from FragmentDesignsEtsy said 5 years ago

    I'm a qualified teacher, left know to make jewellery cause that was what was right for me :) I think homeschooling is fantastic and hope to be able to home school any kids I have. Why should kids have to learn something just cause its the time of day we do? I didn't want to work in an office and I don't want my kids to! Thanks for the article, and thanks for the TED video :)

  • DebzartStudio

    Deb Ritchie from DebzartStudio said 5 years ago

    My daughter has just started Kindy (she's 4) and isn't coping with the whole goodbye thing yet. I'm dreading what will happen next year when she is due to start big school, with the Prep class now being (apparantly) not so play based......she'll only be 5! I have had the homeschooling idea running in my mind for awhile now and gradually I hear about more and more people around me that are actually doing it. Looks like it is spreading over here in Australia as well, as parents are finding out how unkind the mainstream school system and playground bullying can be. We only get one life (well maybe) so why should we do things we don't want to and subject our kids to something that stresses them out, makes them cry........all because that's what everyone else does? Hmmmm, I may just decide to do it myself.....I just don't know if I have the patience..... also have to convince my husband!

  • sjegan

    Sarah-Jane Egan from FragmentDesignsEtsy said 5 years ago

    Ah typos! left now not know!

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne from WinchesterLambourne said 5 years ago

    I would homeschool my kid. The things I studied when I was 7-12 I see being studied in the west at 17, 18, 20 years and upwards. I'd rather use the eastern curriculum, which I feel is a lot more challenging. Since that's not possible in a school, I would feel more comfortable doing it myself.

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage said 5 years ago

    thank you so much for this thought provoking article

  • MrsMamaHen

    Conni from MMHCreations said 5 years ago

    We're in our 11th year of homeschooling. My daughter is already graduated and employed full-time, and my boys are in Jr. & High school. Wouldn't trade it for anything!!!

  • bustmybutton

    Katy Cacolice from bustmybutton said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled from sixth grade onwards. In my situation, the school I went to was receiving well beyond its means of funds yet the teachers were extremely cliquey over the parents they treated with respected and many of my classmates, including myself, were far beyond academically in what would be considered grade-appropriate skills. My family was never seen as good enough, so they never handled the bullying I received. My mom homeschooled me at 6th grade and on. The experience was much better. It sparked my curiosity in learning not only school subjects but life - history, theater, film, art, etc. My grades rebounded and I would never regret being homeschooled. It's not for everyone. Homeschooling needs to be an individual choice for every family. It may work for some families, and may not be so successful for others. The limits that some educational institutions assume parents have the right or not the right to teach is scary. Public schooling should be a government mandated form of education, especially when so much of the public schooling fails kids when it comes to being proactive about bullying, failing grades, etc.

  • ageeksyarn

    Tiffany Getz from ageeksyarn said 5 years ago

    My siblings and I were all homeschooled. While I agree it's not the ideal choice for every family, it certainly was for ours! I've always been a quick learner, so being able to move on as soon as I grasped a concept rather than waiting for classmates to catch up was excellent. My sister is mildly dyslexic, so being able to move more slowly when she was struggling to understand something was fantastic for her. My brother falls somewhere in the middle in terms of learning speed, so he had advantages in both directions -- he could take a bit more time if need be, or move on quickly if he understood something quickly. We were all heavily involved in various activities, so socialization was never an issue. Our flexible schedules even allowed us a broader range of activities compared to our non-homeschooled friends, in many cases. In terms of quality of education, all three of us moved on to perform quite well in college (to the point of being frustrated with ourselves upon receiving anything less than an A grade), so we certainly weren't deprived there either. While I've chosen not to have children for medical reasons, if I WERE to have any, I would very strongly consider homeschooling them.

  • bustmybutton

    Katy Cacolice from bustmybutton said 5 years ago

    I meant it should not be a government mandated form of education, especially when so much of the public schooling fails kids when it comes to being proactive about bullying, failing grades, etc.

  • mompotter

    Linda from mompotter said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling is not for everyone but I wouldn't have it any other way. I have four children and I love the time we spend learning together. Thank you for this informative and supportive article. I hope those that are critical of homeschooling can see the benefits that homeschooling offers.

  • wishartglass

    Anne Simon from wishartglass said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for this post. I'm also enjoying the thoughtful comments. I Homeschool my 6 year old son. He is gifted and learning disabled. Because of his exceptionalities, he does not fit neatly into a public school setting. The past year has been an incredible experience for us. I have learned more from him than I ever could have imagined. It has been an adjustment for my business goals, but has been ultimately liberating and rewarding. True, it is not for everyone, but my son's growth and happiness have shown me that it was absolutely the right decision for us.


    CM from SPUNKbyCM said 5 years ago

    I went to public school, and even though my peers were the biggest bullies ever, I still enjoyed going to school. I enjoyed learning how to deal with difficult people, and being able to interact with other students from a variety of backgrounds. Outside of public school, I was enrolled in other studies at other schools like the RCM (royal conservatory of music), math classes, etc. I've never been homeschooled, but I've had some classmates who switched out of school to be homeschooled; so I think it's subjective. I think placing your child in any school setting should also consider what the child would like. I agree with many posts about how certain schooling platforms can be for the masses and not take others into consideration. But isn't that like standardized testing for certain examinations like passing the bar for Law, writing the MCAT for med school, applying to art school with a portfolio that gets judged by a panel, etc. I think everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and the only way anyone can truly succeed is to face both and know what you love to do so that you can channel your energy into what you excel in. I think that even though a person might not do well in a certain subject at any point in their life, I don't think that they should necessarily give up. I know that everyone learns at different paces and enjoys different things, but sometimes I think that not understanding a subject might also be because the teacher/instructor/professor doesn't teach it well. If people learn differently, it is also true that people teach differently. I think that even if a person goes to a school or homeschool, it depends also on who is teaching that person. Sometimes people think they teach well, but the student doesn't understand the method of teaching. I think that should also be considered in any school setting.

  • DustyCourage

    DustyCourage said 5 years ago

    Home-schooling can be a wonderful and forever life-benefiting experience IF the child is provided with a loving, healthy structured and supportive educational situation with adequate "real world" experiences- such as real socializing that allows the child to foster long-term social skills long into adulthood- by a completely competent adult. I was home-schooled by my religiously fanatical mother who had no business even having custody of us children- but that's a moot point. I was given workbooks and taught myself all I know. My mother taught me nothing. She just yelled if I had a question and then told me I was making her look bad for not understanding my work- or that I was just stupid. Clearly I was in an abusive situation but I had no voice- no way out. I struggle to this very day with the social awkwardness, inability to relate to other humans effectively in person (I am a whiz with the four-legged people lol), and the isolation scars made for a very emotionally troubled and resentful life. I wish there was a screening or some kind of test parents were made to undergo to make sure they are fit to home-school their children. Harsh? No. This is not being said to diss all of you wonderful, smart and educated, and emotionally/mentally balanced parents out there who have a healthy and sound relationship with your children- this is to protect kids like me. Kids who have no voice- no help and an unstable existence exiled in isolation that suites only the parent's "needs." Point being- homeschooling is NOT good for every child or parent. If the parent is not competent enough mentally/ physically/emotionally then they have no business trying to do so.

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 5 years ago

    The problem with homeschooling is that I wouldn't know where to start. If I decided to homeschool my future kids, I wouldn't want to mislead them in any way.

  • BijouxOdalisque

    Bijoux d'Odalisque from BijouxOdalisque said 5 years ago

    This is what makes Etsy so amazing. Stories about real Etsians living life and the lifestyle that we promote. THANK YOU for this amazing blog article that I found incredibly informative, well-written, and most importantly something I can relate to as a seller and buyer of the Etsy community. Great job Etsy!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    I think that it can be a good thing for some children and their families but you really to me need to have a really good curriculum ( I hope I spelled that right) see I couldn't do it and really really be good with kids even if it' your kids. Have the patience to teach sometimes we can't always do that and not get too stressed out being with the kids 24 hours a day. For some of us it's good to get a break from the kids and for them to get a break from being with you so if it's the right decision for you and your kids I think that's great.

  • Imaginationkids

    Imaginationkids from Imaginationkids said 5 years ago Featured

    We too are happy homeschoolers! I feel like the "home" part is so misleading because we are always on the go- library, field trips, art classes, girl scouts, writing class- just to name a bit of what we do in a typical week. One of the greatest pros for us is we can work at our own pace and choice a curriculum and approach to learning that best suits each of our children. Choosing to homeschool our children has been one of most carefully thought out and significant choices we have made as parents.

  • alangood

    alangood said 5 years ago

    Great post. Looking back on my years in public school, I can only lament the amount of time that was wasted by kids and teachers. Homeschooling is the way to go!

  • obraley

    Olivia Braley from obraley said 5 years ago

    Wow. My dad has bought some seeds from them many times. I am also homeschooled and love it!

  • heirloomgirl

    Emilee Gettle said 5 years ago

    It has been so touching reading everyone's responses and their own personal stories about homeschooling! It truly is a wonderful thing... to be able to shape our children's hearts and minds and lovingly guide them as they pursue their own calling. With the Lord as our help, this is our greatest and most amazing creative work! :) Thank you Karen, for all your sweet words. :) Love, Emilee Gettle

  • lovinganvil

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  • buddhacat444

    Dana from BuddhaCatCreations said 5 years ago

    I homeschooled my 4 children. I pulled my first one out when she was in the 5th grade because of bullying and also sub-standard teaching. She has since gone on to get her Bachelor's degree and graduated with honors. She also has a shop her on Etsy <3

  • musicmama1

    Deb Flowers from musicmama1 said 5 years ago

    I am a certified teacher who decided to leave the traditional classroom and homeschool my daughter. She is now a college senior and one of the most well-adjusted people I know. Even her college friends tell me how much they admire her. Now I am back in the traditional classroom (gotta pay those tuition costs...), and I incorporate many of my homeschool "procedures" with my class. I wouldn't trade those years with my only child for anything. It helped form a bond and a strong foundation for her to discover her gifts and develop her special talents.

  • leslieholz

    Leslie Holz from leslieholz said 5 years ago

    In the state of AZ, public education is less than fantastic. We were privileged enough to find wonderful private Christian schools that were a perfect fit for our four daughters. Had we not had that option, our daughters would absolutely have been home schooled.

  • FuzzysFinds

    Fuzzy from FuzzysFinds said 5 years ago

    Another homeschooler here... I find it fascinating how positive these comments are; usually comments on homeschooling articles are so vitriolic and combative that I avoid them like the plague. Apparently Etsians are much, much more homeschool friendly! Also, as a fellow Ozarks resident, howdy to the Gettles! Homeschoolers who live within driving distance of southern Missouri need to look up their spring Planting Festival at their home/farm/seed company. It's fabulous and I can't wait to return this year!

  • mompotter

    Linda from mompotter said 5 years ago

    I also want to invite any that homeschool to the homeschool team here on Etsy. Please read the information on how to join before just giving us a request to join, you need to join on the yahoo group first. Until Etsy provides a way to email each team member with team information, we rely on the Yahoo group to communicate announcements, etc.

  • angelspin

    Eclectic Crochet Designs from angelspin said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for this article. My etsy shop provides the funds needed to operate my homeschool. My daughters enjoy learning at home.

  • rainydayyarnshop

    rainydayyarnshop from rainydayyarnshop said 5 years ago

    Wow, I am moved by all the positive comments here from both those homeschooling and those who have been homeschooled. I am currently in my 13th year of homeschooling my children, but fear it is coming to an end soon as my daughter would like to go to school next year. I have always believed that homeschooling is a committment of both time and of the heart. I am so thankful that it worked well for my son who graduated a couple of years ago. It has worked well for my daughter also, but she is a different person than my son and homeschooling just doesn't seem to "fit" her at this time. I love that we have had the option to homeschool and am so encouraged by all those homeschooling voices out there and Etsy's feature on this subject.

  • angelspin

    Eclectic Crochet Designs from angelspin said 5 years ago

    Wonderful article. My Etsy shop funds my homeschool. Thanks Etsy!!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    We're home schooling our four (the youngest) of our five children, and we love it! I think the main benefits we see are the relationships being knit as a family, the kids getting to participate in real life activities, and a love that is being cultivated for learning. Of course we feel inadequate, and see our inadequacies more than anyone, but no one loves our kids or cares about their development more than we do. When we get to a point that we need a tutor or need to enroll in a education course with them -we will. There is allot of flexibility to resource what you need and concentrate on challenges until they get worked out. All the while, we're doing it together, and it's hard to estimate the value of that. As for peer relationships and socialization, we think it's great to have the opportunity to help direct them in that area. Peers are very influential, maybe more so than parents, so the opportunity to guide them in choosing friends and being a good friend (themselves) is rich.

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    P.S. In fact ...I loved being an influential peer myself. I was naughty : )

  • AquaMaroonD

    Holly Dean said 5 years ago

    My homeschooled kids really enjoy being able to socialize with people of all ages instead of being age-segregated. The myths surrounding this manner of learning are finally coming to pass for many. I encourage anyone to read John Taylor Gatto's 'The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher' if they are on the fence about homeschooling. Also nice to see Baker Creek being featured!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    Thanks, Karen ox

  • AntiquesAsh

    Ashley from AntiquesAsh said 5 years ago

    Speaking as someone who has been home-schooled and has witness my siblings in homeschooling I have a mixed opinion. I only did it for my two years of middle school then went to regular high school. I was unfocused a lot of the time but always finished my work. When I went back to regular school I was leaps and bounds above people my age. I ended up graduating early because I ate up homework. Once I got out of high school I was lost and had no one to drive or push me. I spent five years at mostly dead end cooking jobs but eventually worked my way up. I quit once it lost the fun and have joy and happiness in other avenues in life. My siblings both went to regular middle school but my mom was not comfortable with them going to high school so she tried her hand at home schooling again. They both lasted a year and a half then begged to go to normal high school. Both of them were far behind their fellow class mates and my sister dropped out of high school a year before she would finish. My younger brother is still struggling but trying to finish high school. My mother was devoted when I was in middle school and almost ten year went past by the time they were in high school. A lot of curriculum had changed between then and now. And the difference of middle school and high school was really hard for my mom. I just have to put it out there. Some people thrive on being left alone with a book, others get bored and find other not so productive things to do with their time. But if you are focused and can help nudge your child forward, power to you !

  • eclecticquirky

    eclecticquirky from eclecticquirky said 5 years ago

    I have three young kids and we just started homeschooling a couple years ago. I never thought I would homeschool my kids, it just kind of came naturally. There's no other way for us! We love doing the Waldorf/Montessori style schooling. We are starting our garden soon, so the kids will help with that as part of school. I enjoy homeschooling because the kids don't have to waste their whole day sitting at a desk looking at workbook pages about gardening and about bugs, ect, they can experience it for themselves! They spend most of their day outside and we bake and paint a lot together. There is nothing more freeing than having your kids at home with you all day so you can truly watch them grow up!

  • HomespunForEwe

    Kate McLaughlin from HomespunForEwe said 5 years ago

    Great article! I was homeschooled from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade, loved it, and hope to homeschool when I have my own children. However, I do believe that homeschooling is not for everyone. My mom was very careful to choose challenging curriculum and made sure that we were involved in lots of social activities. Because of the care that she took with our education, I feel that homeschooling prepared me for life very well. But, I agree that some parents may not have the time or the resources to homeschool and in those cases, public school may be the best option.

  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    Laurie Lenz from LaurieLenzANGELS said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling mother of 5 blessings! Our eldest daughter has been an artist and entreprenuer since she was 12 years old (she is now 17) and has been in 2 internationally distributed magazines, and plans on going to art college and pursuing a career in the arts. She is a gifted jewelry designer, photographer, graphic artist and web designer. Homeschooling cultivated her love of the arts, and gave her time and training to pursue her gifts. She is the "Shiloh" of our shop's original name, "Shiloh Winter Jewelry" (which was a team effort with my doll company) and has sold hundreds of jewelry pieces. Her present shop is EarendilCollectibles, and she's selling all kinds of original art and jewelry there. I can't recommend homeschooling enough. It's definitely something that you have to work hard and be dedicated to, but anything good is hard work. I think it's very important to learn a child's learning style and gear the schoolwork to that style of learning. My children tend to be hard-workers, self-starters, good time managers, and all of them are creative. Homeschooling has strengthened our family and our faith. My children socialize with people of all ages, but there is also time when we meet with our homeschool group and they are in co-op classes with children their age. We were even blessed to attend classes at the Philadelphia Orchestra. Thanks for the great article! I wish your family much blessing and prosperity!

  • ziggyiner

    ziggyiner said 5 years ago

    I think these are all very good points. I would say it takes a certain type of family or income to do this as well. If both parents have to work, even more than one job, it doesn't really leave home schooling an open option. I don't think people should feel bad because they have to work and cannot home school their children. It doesn't make you a bad parent because you send your child to public school. No one should feel that way. Personally, I detested public school but would have hated home school just as much. I don't do school :)

  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    Laurie Lenz from LaurieLenzANGELS said 5 years ago

    I just wanted to add that my younger daughter who is only 10 has developed a great love of botany and gardening. I have a total black thumb, but my grandmother was the queen green thumb and we used to joke that she could raise plants from the dead. :) My daughter has inherited this gene apparently. Homeschooling is opening up doors for her in this area. I need to share this article with her as she will be very excited. Thanks again!

  • harborofbeauty

    harborofbeauty from harborofbeauty said 5 years ago

    For some children homeschooling is the best choice a parent can make.

  • brownies5

    brownies5 said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling is a wonderful way of spending one on one time getting to know your children, their needs, interests, while teaching them. I cant say enough good things about it.

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled, and loved it! I also plan on homeschooling my children, (when I have some) Thank you for sharing this especially enlightening article! ^__^

  • collageoscope

    Sonja Smith from collageoscope said 5 years ago

    I like unschooling, and school's like Play Mountain Place in Los Angeles.... The Free School in Albany, NY.. there's a Education Revolution going on! Find out more at

  • BethHynes

    Beth said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled with four of my five siblings almost completely by my mother (with the aid of DVD's for math in late high school years and another homeschool mom for sciences). My Mom does not have a university degree, or any training in how to educate children. I feel that my education what just as good as any of the public or private schools we lived near. I enjoyed being home schooled because I could really focus on the things I enjoyed (namely, reading, history, and music), while still doing those things that had to be done (sadly, math and science...). I struggled with math and sciences, but was able to get one-on-one help from older siblings, my parents, and friends of the family. I spent about 4 hours working on school in high school, while most kids I know got on the bus at 7:30 and didn't get off until 3:30. A homeschool group in my area really helped with meeting other kids :) I appreciate the slower pace of life that I lived. We had activities, but weren't continually running around from one thing to another. I got enough sleep, had daily sit-down suppers, and learned how to run a home by watching my Mom and participating in household chores. My family is very close, although we're scattered across two countries, and I think our homeschooling, family-centric house really helped us grow close. I see too many moms and kids absolutely exhausted from a day of frantically driving from lessons to practices to school and back again. I appreciate that homeschooling gives people the freedom to do what's best for their individual child and their family. Not to mention all the awesome projects you can do! :) It isn't always possible for a family to homeschool, and there's certainly pros and cons to any method of education, some children do better in a public school setting and enjoy it more. I'm very excited to homeschool my own children someday and, like any parent, I'm thrilled to encourage them to be curious people who love learning, even when it's not school.

  • Railin

    Mel from Cuteling said 5 years ago

    I have to admit that I was always quite negative about the idea of homeschooling a child without any learning or other difficulties, but this article really made me see homeschooling in a whole different light ... it's definitely not for every family, but I wish I had a chance to spend more time with my daughter at home, doing creative things together and discussing her discoveries about life!

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    Michael and Erin Waite from OliveSpoonStudio said 5 years ago

    I babysat for a homeschooling family as a teen, and have remained friends with them these past 25 years. I've watched their 6 children grow from being the most inquisitive and polite children, to successful artists, owners of companies, etc... I have never known more wonderful kids than this family, and always knew I would homeschool my own someday. Someday is nearly upon us, as our 2 are toddlers. I have a background in teaching both preschool and grade school (as an assistant, not a certified teacher), and I look so forward to teaching my own. Thank you, Etsy, for such a great article, and for featuring Emilee. We are familiar with their company, and have grown their seeds, too ;)

  • grimlinx23669

    grimlinx23669 said 5 years ago

    In response to Natasha Smith's comments about prosecuting parents, why don't you take the almighty government out of the lives of families a little bit? Perhaps your family needed your help for all of you to survive.They took their time and effort to give you the best-themselves.Say thank you and be glad you could help them.The homeschool families I know are not perfect as you seem to want, but their children all go on to college and have graduated(several of them) with top honors .I home schooled my son, and he did much more than that.Not only did we have a great time together learning, but from an early age he held down a full time job with his own 401k and also did emergency help work for me, his mother, on a house I had to sell,at the same time.I don't even know how he did it all,but he did,I'm sure,out of love and determination that he knew he could do anything.Our survival depends on both of us.At the proper time,he was graduated from homeschool,and when he wanted he passed a GED on the first try, and now is in management at the same company he started at many years ago.You're welcome.

  • rinnyc

    Erin said 5 years ago

    Thank you Karen :)!!!!! I'm so happy this article was featured on Etsy. I am home schooled. This article inspired me greatly. Thanks again.

  • SusanAnna

    Susie Johnson from SusanAnna said 5 years ago

    Wow! Inspired. Thanks Etsy for posting.

  • ashton11

    Ashton E Leven from ashton11 said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling is awesome. Those who chose to do it experience a wealth of life experience and family bonding. But, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, it's a family commitment.

  • GoddessEngraving

    Joanna Alley from GlassGoddessNgraving said 5 years ago

    Wow what a widespread homeschool community we have on Etsy! I am so glad to be a part of it. I home school 4 out of 5 . My middle child was in public school when I started hmeschooling , and enjoyed it. So we are allowing her tosstay as long as it's good for her. Believe me when I say , the public school is much more of a headache than anything I deal with homeschooling the 4 others.

  • auntsuesoldnewlovely

    auntsuesoldnewlovely from AuntSuesVintage said 5 years ago

    It's so nice to see this article on homeschooling! We have been a homeschooling family since 1989 and will be until the youngest graduates in 2018. Previous to homeschooling the oldest 5 of our 11 children attended private and public schools. Our oldest daughter is a Language Arts teacher in a middle school, and we have another who just graduated from a community college with a 4.0 GPA and is continuing her studies in psychology at a private liberal arts school. Some of our sons have taken up a trade and one is a chef. Homeschooling provided our children with the opportunity to be finished with their school day by noon or so and then be able to have free time, which sometimes is used to creative items to sell on Etsy. Our kids have enjoyed art,music,sewing, crocheting, horse back riding lessons,performing in plays and musicals, and taking German, Spanish and Biology classes. They have raised dairy goats and poultry. Our children all help with chores and do their own laundry. Also we each have a night to cook supper,which was suggested 2 yrs. ago by my 20 yr old. ;0) We are enjoy teaching our children life skills as we train them to be adults.

  • littleshopofphotos

    Michele Iljazi from OneDecember said 5 years ago

    I love this article. My oldest child is 3 years old and I am planning on homeschooling my children. I like the freedom associated with homeschooling. Among other things, I will appreciate all that extra time together, more flexibility in the subjects studied, ability to travel easily, and less stress, which testing and piles of homework can cause. I look forward to homeschooling my kids! I'm not worried about lack of socialization...there are many clubs, groups, and teams to join and interact with peers. This article has been inspiring!

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  • Mesmera

    Mesmera from Mesmera said 5 years ago

    I'm so happy to see an article focused on home-schooling! We decided to home-school our daughter as she has terrible allergies and asthma which made her very susceptible to every bug floating around school. She was extremely sick constantly and we just couldn't put her through it any longer. Since we started a year ago she has only been sick one time :-) I opened my Etsy shop as a way to make extra money so I can stay home with her. So far sales aren't really where they need to be to continue on this path but hopefully it will pick up soon. Thanks again for the article ~

  • FrancesPhotography

    Frances Seward from FrancesPhotography said 5 years ago

    I couldn't home school - my son I do not think would listen to me as a teacher - I do not know how you can discipline at home and I think my son enjoys his peers too much - he likes the structure of the school and is very bright and a hard worker. He has been in Montessori and so has had a lot of attention there.

  • nomadcraftsetc

    Janelle and Jason Ethridge from NomadCraftsEtc said 5 years ago

    We are a homeschool family. We decided to do so because it was right for our family and because we want to spend as much time together as we possibly can. Sounds a bit silly-but we love being with eachother and doing everything together! It has been a true blessing. Great Article!

  • SweetBRevival

    Bridget McKay from SweetBRevival said 5 years ago

    WOW! What a response to this article! I too homeschool my two oldest with two others in toe. It is challenging, but we love it. I think the key for us was our cooperative group on our military base. We have children and families in many different programs and age ranges. PLUS, it helps us parents interact and troubleshoot or vent in a way that it is encouraging and uplifting. It's hard work, but really worth it. I do feel it works for us because of our lifestyle. I'm so glad to see so many other homeschooling families here on Etsy. We have a very creative and fun environment around here. It's so worth it to me, and I was a skeptic for years. For those who may want to consider it, but want the structure of a teacher like public school, consider the K12 Virtual Academy in your state. I don't know all of them, but we have been in two states, and both are wonderful. I have a full time employed teacher that is assigned to each child, and they help us through the rough patches, and helps keep us on task with our goals. It is wonderful, because I can be organized, but in a way that most artists will relate to; a haphazard way.;o) Thank you for highlighting this topic. It isn't for everyone, but I am glad to see that many enjoy the options that are out there.

  • MessyCabbageHeads

    MessyCabbageHeads from MessyCabbageHeads said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled all the way through and anyone who knows me would tell you I am the most social person they know. Me and my 4 brothers all went to college (I went when I was 16.) The only problem I had in college was making the mistake of questioning the professor. Sure, there were times I thought I wanted to go to public school, but my reasons were never academic or social, I was just curious really. And even though I believe in Biblical creation I was taught about evolution and have a better understanding of it then my public school friends, speaking of which, many of them graduated high school without being able to read. I know not all public schools are like that, and there are good teachers

  • MessyCabbageHeads

    MessyCabbageHeads from MessyCabbageHeads said 5 years ago

    ...but I wouldn't want to risk doing anything other then homeschooling my kids. I am so grateful that my parents chose to homeschool me, even when I get called stupid, socially retarded and sheltered. I know I am none of those things and if they took the time to actuality, I don't know, socialize with me, they would know that too. =)

  • harmonythreads

    Allison from HarmonyThreads said 5 years ago

    So many homeschooling etsians! We homeschool our three and will continue to as long as they want to stay home (oldest is 13).

  • PeepleCrafts

    Laura Marie from WhatsitsnWhimsies said 5 years ago

    I'm homeschooled and I love it. I have so many more opportunities this way

  • tiedyejedi

    Denise from tiedyejedi said 5 years ago

    This is an interesting article, but I'm firmly in the anti- crowd and always have been - for the exact reasons stated in the article, especially the fact that many homeschooling parents simply are not qualified to teach. Do I think a parent has the right to school their child however they wish? Yes. Do I think it's a wise choice in many cases? No, I don't. This isn't a knee-jerk reaction, either. I've done my poking around, read studies . . . The numbers put forth about the success of homeschoolers are misleading at best, and this idea that they'll come out more brilliant and more likely to be amazing college students, etc - is unfounded. I think out of all the Ivy League schools, some admit no homeschoolers each year and some only a tiny handful - disproportionate to the number of applicants when you compare it to private and public school students. If homeschooling were so much better, one would be lead to believe a higher percentage of applicants from that pool would be accepted. (and I've read some Ivy admissions officers' thoughts on homeschoolers - not favorable) Finally, you can socialize your kids with other homeschooled kids or enroll them in activities, but NOTHING is the same as being stuck around people you don't get along with. That's life. Learning how to cope with VERY different people whether you want to or not is an important life skill. Going to soccer once a week or hanging out with other homeschooled kids from similar families isn't the same as learning how to deal with jerks, mean teachers, everything else. Prepares you for getting out in the big bad real world where your co-workers are jerks and your boss is mean and you have to deal with an extreme variety of human beings. Sorry for writing a novel, but I figured I'd represent what appears to be the minority opinion so far here in this thread. And like I said - in the end, it's your choice what you do with your kids. Just do your research - and do REAL research. Don't only search 'yay homeschool' articles and read the pros and cons given by homeschool websites. Look EVERYWHERE. That's how you learn the real truth.

  • KaiEaHawaii

    Kimberly from KaiEaHawaii said 5 years ago

    In our tenth year of homeschooling (dd12, dd9, dd5)...wouldn't trade it for anything! : ) I watched them today respond to a realtor who was visiting our home (being put back on the market) tell how neat they kept their rooms, they were able to look them in the eye and say "Thank you." with no prompting from me." Made me proud. Socialization is being able to relate well to *all* ages, not just their own age. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story and much success to you in the future. : )

  • Shellyka

    shelly from Shellyka said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for featuring my rainbow art display hanger !!! I really enjoyed reading this post, Very very interesting! My boys are not going to school yet (2.5, 4.5) but it really gave me to thing about the future and to be open minded about homeschooling if they will be miserable (hope not)at school like i was as a teen girl. I'm really worrying about school as my older son is very sensitive, but also loves to learn and explore. I hope he'll get a good experience in school and that it won't block his thinking and that he'll have friends and will be likable. Thank you Karen!

  • ThePurpleHippo

    Sarah Fisher from PurpleHippoStitches said 5 years ago

    i am, admittedly, very critical of homeschooling. but at the same time, am aware of the issues of public schooling. after all, a public school is often measured by standardized tests that even the smartest kid in school can sometimes "flunk" because they are bad at test taking. i guess, if i had to pick sides, that i will side with the new generation of teachers, many of which, hope to change the dynamics of public school to make it less structures, more dynamic, and more inclusive of all learning abilities. this isn't easy. for example, i went to a small catholic school. i was easily bored because i went far beyond the teachers, who taught to the lowest common denomenator. it's HARD to be all inclusive. there has to be levels. maybe grades aren't right. maybe children should progress by levels in each discipline. one could be a childhood genius at reading but horrible at math, for example. in the end, i think public schooling far outweighs home schooling. and this is coming from someone who had a horrible time in high school. i was depressed, bullied, and generally made to feel as if i didn't belong anywhere. at the time, i would have begged for home schooling. the fact is, i surpassed my parents high school education in the 8th grade. the variety of high school teachers (some great, some terrible) taught me to be analytical of what i was told. and while my social interactions were mostly negative, i realized, in high school, what i wanted most and my parents encouraged me to meet my goals. that, for me, was going to a great college of more likeminded people. to going somewhere where i was free to be creative. as much as so many teenagers want to put there parents in the wrong for putting them through middle and high school, it really does make you stronger in the end. on the reverse, i have met many home schooled children, the most relevant of which is a family member. while a legal adult, her maturity level has been severely parents who mean well but have isolated her out of fear. this is where lack of regulation hurts home schooled kids. so many are exposed to a diverse world but so many are only exposed to "THE ONE RIGHT WAY" to life. while her parents bragged to ours about the supposed genius of their child, when she turned 18, she had no clue how to live life independently, let alone apply and succeed in college. i feel like her psychological growth was stunted. as a teenager, i would have thought that i was the last person to advocate public education. however, sometimes the social skills are more important than the strict educational knowledge. those children eager to learn will learn, regardless. but every child needs to be exposed to both the positive and the negative in the world...a hard realization for most parents and, as someone who is not a parent, i can foresee as something that would truly bother me.

  • ThePurpleHippo

    Sarah Fisher from PurpleHippoStitches said 5 years ago

    i should mention that the being eager to learn is something that is learned from the parents. the parents main job should be to foster an educational environment where learning is "fun." learning, for me, was never a chore despite often having no one in my household to ask for help on more advanced things. i learned to be independent but my parents were often overly sympathetic and comforting about social situations in a way i can only truly appreciate as i get older (when i was too anxious to attend social things for getting made fun of, my mom always said to tell everyone my mom was terrible and grounded me for no reason!). i came out of high school with no friends but a handful of inspirational teachers and a true direction in life.

  • thesittingtree

    Elizabeth from thesittingtree said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your homeschooling experience! We unschool our three boys and it's always fun to read about other homeschooling perspectives. {p.s. We started planting with strictly heirloom seeds last year and love the difference in color, flavor and texture of all the vegetables. I hope to see not only a continued rise in homeschooling, but also in heirloom gardening!}

  • GhostshipPoet

    GhostshipPoet from GhostshipsShantyShop said 5 years ago

    In my opinion our school system is terrible and actually ruins socialization for many people, so I am definitely for homeschooling as a possible alternative. Learning independence and individuality at an early age can be positive in figuring out who you want to be and how you want to live your life. I think having a clear perception of who you are makes all the difference in social situations. Public school felt for me like being herded off like cows and told "this is the only successful way you can live when you grow up". Of course, many parents tell their kids this as well. It seems like many people grow up not knowing that they have a choice in how they lead their life or don't come to the realization that they do until later in life. I don't know if homeschooling is the definitive answer, but something needs to change. It is good to see people questioning the common modes in which our children learn.

  • AmberGypsySky

    Amber Archibald from GypsySkyCreations said 5 years ago

    I believe that homeschooling is a great idea in some aspects...but in others meh maybe not. Great post though! Lovely picks for the featured items at the end too!

  • AmberGypsySky

    Amber Archibald from GypsySkyCreations said 5 years ago

    Oh and by the way....EVERYONE should watch TED snippets. They're so informative and creative and wonderful all around! Thanks for that!

  • rule42

    Kellee Nelson from Rule42 said 5 years ago

    I'm in my third year of homeschooling my kids. We are able to do it through a local charter school and we actually receive money from the State of California for curriculum, school supplies and extra curricular activities like gymnastics. We love homeschooling and the freedoms we have with it. Some may think homeschoolers are bored, but I've got to tell you that we are anything but bored! Especially as my oldest is advancing in grade, real school time takes up considerable time, throw a 4 year old pre-schooler and time is fleeting! It is such a joy to be my daughters' teacher, not only in our classroom, but out in the world. We love to travel and explore, and have the time to share this with our kids that we otherwise wouldn't have if they were in a classroom all day with homework to do when they got home :O)

  • AmberGypsySky

    Amber Archibald from GypsySkyCreations said 5 years ago

    From the video...He is right about people not exploring their talents (obviously not a problem for anyone on this site :) ) or even if they know that they have any. Every single human on this earth has some of their own very unique gift and/or talent that should be explored to the fullest. Imagine if everyone did that? The world would flourish with creativity and happiness!!

  • baruchslullaby

    Shannon from BaruchsLullaby said 5 years ago

    We have homeschooled form the beginning (birth!) and love it...our oldest is now a genius fifth-grader and our younger kids are all thriving. Our family thrives, academically and relationally. Our school is not limited to four walls, and our curriculum is not limited to what the government deems necessary - we are free to go beyond, and we do. We've seen all of our kids' milestones, and we're creating beautiful memories! And, PS - the resources for homeschoolers in this generation make expertise in any area possible...and not only possible, but likely.

  • iambetty

    Betty Costner said 5 years ago Featured

    I am thankful for parents who did a wonderful job of homeschooling me and my siblings. We schooled at our own pace, were challenged and allowed to excel quickly in our strong areas, and travelled unhurried through tough subjects to gain full understanding of them. Not having to keep pace with 30 or more kids saved my education. Having hours every day to play, burn off steam and just be a kid helped us really focus on our school and we often had our work completed in a few short hours. When I went to high school in later years, grades dropped in math & chem from having to keep pace, and everything else bored me. Had I continued studies at home I think I would have kept better grades in my weak subjects and had opportunity to enjoy my strong subjects.

  • flourishingagain

    Lacey from FlourishingAgain said 5 years ago

    The good thing about public education in the US is that everyone is guaranteed the right to go to school free of charge. Not everyone can afford private education and, as everyone realizes, homeschooling isn't for them. But the reality of a cookie cutter system with failing grades and bullying/fighting isn't working for us either. The system needs a change to preserve the right intented by the original public school system for all citizens to learn about reading and writing. Reading and writing are such basic skills people use to protect themselves and their family's budgets, rights, opinions, and so many other things. Really, no matter what the route to the education is, get one!

  • NikkiBsKnitting

    Nikki B from SeahorseBay said 5 years ago

    I would love to homeschool my children. However, I'm unsure how to go about it here in the UK. I do think that my eldest daughter could learn so much more from me and her family rather than learning a ridged set of skills at a school from behind a desk. I found the educational system very boring as you only got attention if you were super smart or struggling. It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to do with my working life because I wasn't given the correct guidance or encouragement from the UK's educational system.

  • PearlsandChina

    PearlsandChina from PearlsandChina said 5 years ago

    I live in the UK, I am 20 years old and was homescooled until I was 18. I am currently in college completing my last year of A levels, after experiencing both worlds I can say that I am delighted that my parents took the time and energy to to teach me and offer me an experience that allowed me to see the world in a very different way to the average person my age- a world where anything is possible. Nikki B I am afraid I experienced the same thing with the education system its boring and does not offer flexibility or depth to learning which I think is sad because every person is different and should be allowed to explore the world around the by expressing this difference that makes them unique. My parents were discouraged by teachers and family but at the end of the day its a choice that you have to make as a parent, but u should know that it is VERY time consuming and VERY stressful at times :)

  • therainbowroom

    Clara Luna from therainbowroom said 5 years ago

    ♥ Thanks for featuring my cloud mobile in your blog!!! I homeschooled my daughter till she was 6, but she wanted to go to school with her friends and I needed the time to make my rainbows. I think it is an amazing thing to do if it suits your family. School certainly isn't suited to everyone and here in the UK they are all so similar in the way they teach there is no choice for parents.

  • andichrisman

    Andi Chrisman from acpaintedpages said 5 years ago

    Its good to hear some of the good points of homeschooling for a change. The only people I knew that came from homeschooling were "stereotypical anti-social types" and even that wasn't the case of everyone in their family--two children grew up to be productive adults while two others lead "questionably legal" lives. So even in one family of homeschoolers, the stereotype isn't necessarily true! I had never thought about a student just not being right for public (or private) school--the thought had never crossed my mind, since I was so comfortable in that learning environment. Its great to get another point of view on this issue, and I'm glad Emilee was able to find an environment that taught her well (in many ways) and that was comfortable for her!

  • SameheartDesigns

    Nadia Sameheart from SameheartDesigns said 5 years ago

    I am an American living with my German Husband in Germany. Sadly, homeschooling is illegal here! When I asked what happens if you just don't send your kids to school, I was told, the police come and escort them to school! On the flip side, there are alot of Waldorf and Montessori but that still does not make up for the fact that some parents and children would choose homeschool. I actually really love living here and there are so many things I adore here, but still, I really wish this was a free choice for the people to make for themselves.

  • Thelittleblackbooks

    Raphaela from ThePaperMachines said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled all throughout my childhood and it was difficult at times, the lack of normality. But I would never be where I am now if I went to school. I was helping my family in their toy shop and talked to adults all day. Life experience is invaluable and school is somewhere where you are taught and prepared to get a job, be competitive and fit inside the box. It certainly take courage for parents to wear all the hats but isn't natural to be willing to pass on your knowledge to your children?

  • scandivintage

    Theresa Isaksson from Scandivintage said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed reading this post. And it makes me sad too, beacuse in Sweden homeschooling is not an option, in fact the law banned it - everyone must then fit in to the system. That is why many parents now are taking their families and children and move to Åland (a small island under Finnish rule, only hours away from the Swedish capital) that do encourage home schooling. I was never bullied at school, but I never enjoyed going to school either. Only when I went to university abroad (UK) I felt free to think and develop and finally felt "normal" and happy! I do not know what I will do when I have children of my own. The state school here will not be an option for me...

  • mikiheather

    Heather Butler from MikiandHeather said 5 years ago

    Its amazing to read all these comments and realize how many of us were home schooled!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Such an interesting post, I never really liked school as a kid but it was a difficult formative period for me. I think we all find our way eventually, I'm not sure I would have the confidence to teach a child so many things - especially maths since I'm so bad at it.

  • stylehouseartistry

    stylehouseartistry from BelleVieSoaps said 5 years ago

    My daughter is the first in my family to be home schooled. It has been one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. Being there for every milestone has been a true blessing. We would have missed out on so many great moments together if she where attending public school.

  • marimekkoLove

    marimekkoLove from ScandinavianFabrics said 5 years ago

    It is very interesting post, thank you!!! We live in Finland, and homeschooling is new here. There are alternative schools such as Steiner schools, which we are considering as an option.

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Interesting article!

  • TootsieLoveDesigns

    Jessica Lee from AndPerSeStudios said 5 years ago

    My mother, a stay at home mom, home schooled my brother and I from very early on in our education. (Me in the first grade, my brother since kindergarten.) We both grew to be happy, well–adjusted adults. I received my BFA in Graphic Design at the age of 21, and am relatively introverted (I think that has more to do with my personality than anything else). My brother, now 20, is the most social, well–rounded person that I know. He's working on his Bachelor's in Computer Hardware Engineering at the University of Florida with a dual major in Mathematics. We also both chose to dual–enroll in our junior/senior years of high school at a local college, which gave us the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. It also exposed us to a broader learning environment, a better culture of learning, if you will. In the case of my brother, he learned the higher maths and sciences from a college level, where he was better prepared for his future in Engineering. In my case, I was able to experiment with various art classes that eventually pointed me in the direction that I'm in today. I would be the last person to say that home schooling is for everyone, but given the right tools, a drive to learn, and a strong support system, it's a good choice for many people who would otherwise be lost in the shuffle of the public school system.

  • angelsstepbydaiana

    Daiana from angelsstepbydaiana said 5 years ago

    Home-school = one of the best decision we had made to our lives...

  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    Katie from GardenDaisiesStudio said 5 years ago

    It's so exciting to see Emily on here, from Baker Creek - I just ordered a good number of heirloom seeds to try this year :) I went to public school growing up and I was always bored - I would ask my art teacher to get me out of class and I would spend time painting murals on the hallway walls and still excel in my honors classes in high school - there was no challenge for me, and I never quite fit in with the kids I was with (I always felt more comfortable around older adults, sitting at the adult table growing up) - the kids I went to high school with were boring, and now they have 9-5 desk jobs and are boring. The same thing happened in college. I have now found myself - I am most happy creating and gardening. My husband on the other hand, went to a private Catholic school and got a wonderful education and has his undergrad and masters in mechanical engineering and he loves what he does and still keeps in touch with his high school friends. For me, I would look at any other form of schooling other than public, especially Waldorf/Montessori and homeschooling, because each child is different and they tend to learn differently and public schools are so cookie cutter that they can't really help each child succeed differently.

  • packmatthews

    Pack Matthews from SoulSeat said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the excellent post! What a tribute to the power of homeschooling. I hope this gets shared outside Etsy to the homeschool and soon-to-be-homeshcooling communites. It's always interesting to me that the only persistent concern about homeschooling isn't the quality of education, that's been proven moot again and again over the years, but the question of "socialization" always recurs. And we're happy with the way public schools and popular media socialize our children? Can there any "socialization" question left after all these fine examples of creative, thoughtful, resourceful, connected, engaged, open minded, responsible, communicative, reasonable, homeschoolers?

  • birchleafdesigns

    Wendy and Mojo from birchleafdesigns said 5 years ago

    NICE ARTICLE! We too homeschool our children...Homeschool rocks!

  • silverlily786

    Fatema from SilverLilyJewelry said 5 years ago

    Wow amazing read which bring's up mixed emotion's,I have alway's been attracted to home schooling but when my older son was 3 I began teaching him a native language which was amazing,but when I got pregnant with our second child I was really sick and could not give him as much attention our second child is very attention demanding (LOL) so we decided to send our older son to public school,now both go to public school (we have a third baby!) and so far I am happy with our local public school,for me it is important to keeping a balance ,I want them to have the best they can get and feel while i am with our baby I can't give the older two what they need education wise,I cook a hot breakfast for them every morning,pick them up at lunch and cook a fresh dinner everyday.We talk about what they did in school and I stay involved with their teacher's to supplement any additional help they need,we provide them with resources at home when they are interested in additional subject's,for us it is the right fit,While we love our children,they are 3-4 year's apart and feel if i were to home school as well as take care of the baby I would lose myself totally in being a mother.Now at least I get 2-3 hour's a day to my self to work on my shop and sometimes enjoy a uninterupted cup of tea! Reading in the comment's and seeing some parent's I know unable to do the homeschooling right is heart breaking ,So yes I think it is very important to keep the balance and acknowledge while it is a perfect fit for some it may not be for other's.

  • HeartFeltbyAndrea

    Andrea and Toccoa Meadows from HeartFeltbyAndrea said 5 years ago

    I've homeschooled almost exclusively since my older kids were in elementary school. They have each attended one a one half a grade year. That was due to some health problems I had and coincided with an interest the younger of them had expressed. They hated it. I hated it. So, they've been back home since and my son actually graduates high school this year. His admissions counselor at the local community college has said numerous times that I am the toughest teacher he has ever seen. My son is on the Autism spectrum (Asperger's) and handles himself quite well, I think, because I am a tough teacher but a fair Mama. Not all parents are equipped for the dual roles home education can require of us. My ex husband was not. He did support homeschooling but was overwhelmed by it sometimes. Not that I don't have days where I think WTH am I doing...:)) I now have a toddler and while her brother prepares for college, her sister for high school, her Dad and I are preparing for preschool at home...:). It is certainly not a good fit for every family, but for mine, it has been a beautiful journey.

  • DreamofaDream

    Jessi from DreamofaDream said 5 years ago

    Nice article, I've ordered from their seed site for years (great place to get white tomatoes and exotic melons!). An an educator myself (I teach middle school special education), I see the difference between students who have been homeschooled, vs. students who have attended public schools. Both have their advantages, but I am sad to see the discrepancy between what homeschooled students can do, compared to their peers. When the benefits outweigh the risks, I agree it is a good option.

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads from goodbeads said 5 years ago

    Lovely everybody!

  • SweetMeas

    Sarah Meas from SweetMeas said 5 years ago

    Wow so glad to see so many other Homeschoolers on here. Best option for our family too!!

  • StampersCraftsGifts

    Tammy Stamper from StampersCraftsGifts said 5 years ago

    I for one am very glad to have the chance to home school my daughters. Yes we use an online program and yes I did worry about their education when we chose to home school. But public schools simply aren't safe any more. There is so much bulling and gangs, I could give you chills shairing stories of things that have happened in just the last school we tried. The deciding factor was when our daughter brought us the information for the online school and asked that we consider because (in her words) "She couldn't do the one thing she went to school for, and that is to learn. Because unless you played sports, the teachers didn't care what happened to you, or weren't in a gang you wouldn't be protected from the bulling. My girls were in neither group, so school was a challenge for them.This is are first year, but it amazes me how much better they are doing. Yes it takes alot of effort from the students and parents and we are blessed that I can stay home to help them, but it is well worth it for my family. Very nice article, thanks

  • betsycapemay

    Betsy from BeingBetsyVintage said 5 years ago

    Thank you Thank you for posting this incredible video...for its message could change the world! As a former educator who has been struggling to put words to the feelings of disappointment and dissatisfaction with the current model of schooling & the resulting work/career choices our current culture leads us to...I feel as if Sir Ken Roberts has eloquently explained how dynamic and complex each person/child is and how the world can either support and encourage individual talents/passions to flourish or limit/"batch" and process children/people into a lifetime of doing what they are good at or what has been good to them...but perhaps not what "sings to their soul" which could make the world a beautiful place! Thank you to Etsy for sharing this important message I feel compelled to share it with everyone I know. Betsy

  • trafalgarssquare

    kit and adam from trafalgarssquare said 5 years ago

    I was taught at home through all the grades up until college and I absolutely loved it! My mother and father worked incredibly hard to make sure I and my 11 brothers and sisters had the best possible education. Among the other regular studies (like math, English, history, etc), we all learned to play piano and violin competitively. I studied pre-med at Brigham Young University, and two of my sisters that have been accepted to prestigious law schools with full ride scholarships. So far, all six of the oldest children (the others are too young for college still), have been accepted to competitive universities, and most of us received academic scholarships. But aside from the academic success we've had in home schooling, I have to say, the best benefit we've had from it is learning how to think outside of the box. If we had a diffucult time mastering a subject, my mother wouldn't just mark us with an "F" and move on, she worked with us and helped us until our weaknesses had become strengths. The photo used at the beginning of this article says it all. Instead of a educating a child in mass-produced setting, homeschooling offers the opportunity for an individual to be carefully and personally cultivated to reach their full potential at their own pace.

  • CraftsInc

    CraftsInc from CraftsInc said 5 years ago

    I homeschool my 4 and 5 year old girls, and it has been one of the best decisions my husband and I have made. Initially I was against it, thinking of the stereotypical homeschooled kid on tv...quiet, weird, outcast... But that is just tv. My daughters are as normal and happy as you could hope for a child to be, and we get to enjoy all sorts of activities that public schools don't have time for. Right now, they are working on identifying their first 25 birds to get a pin.

  • aStudiobytheSea

    Jody Lee from aStudiobytheSea said 5 years ago

    It's nice that so many people can take this alternative, especially for kids for whom the public schools are a bad fit or in terrible districts. Frankly, I would hate to have to homeschool my kids. I'm too much the introvert, and I need my quiet alone time to do my work. I think it's been great for my kids to see and get along with people of every color and income group. We're in a 70% minority public school district, and they have socialized with children of the 1% and the children of people who can't afford a car. They've seen the real world, and that's there's good and bad in every sector. There's something to be said for whatever you choose to do for your child, but do what's right for you as a person too.

  • WillowsNestCreations

    Bethany from WillowsNestCreations said 5 years ago

    Great blog post! I am thrilled to see homeschooling addressed in a positive, unbiased intelligent way. I was homeschooled from Preschool all the way until graduation. My life growing up was rich and full, aside from academics, we were always taking special educational trips and learning about more interesting parts of life, and we spent alot time with other homeschoolers in activities. I never once felt cut off from socializing with others, I never felt deprived and I never felt that my education was sub-par. I do agree that it is not the right method for every child as we all learn differently. And it definately takes the right parents to homeschool successfully and I am so thankful that my folks had the patience, love and endurance to teach me at home. Homeschooling parents have my respect.

  • FeminineDress

    FeminineDress from FeminineDress said 5 years ago

    Saw this article on Fox News about homeschooling and college.

  • ThoughtfulRoseSupply

    Sharon from ThoughtfulRoseSupply said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled as a child, but also spent a few years in a private school and in a public high school. So I got a taste of all three worlds. (I did well both academically and socially, and went on to get a bachelor's at a public university.) I'm homeschooling my own children for a multitude of reasons. One of the biggest is that I don't think the schools provide sufficient academic challenge for exceptionally bright children. My oldest (first grade) is one of those bright kids, and he also has a lot of physical energy. While his public school peers are sitting in desks learning how to read (BORING!), my son is devouring my old high school science textbooks--while standing on his head, and with frequent breaks to wrestle with his brother. Homeschool is a much better fit for him! I know some parents hesitate at the thought of teaching math and science to their own children, when they aren't great at math or science themselves. But thanks to the internet, teaching math and science to your kids has never been easier. Check out if you haven't already.

  • freesoul

    Semira from freesoul said 5 years ago

    Awesome post!! and great comments too!! Our kids are still too young to homeschool, but they are at home all the time now (not in daycare) and we let them be free to play and learn while playing right now.. But am debating what will happen when official school age starts.. Perhaps send them to school and see how it goes..some kids really like school (I did love elementary school) and complement their studies at home with hands on projects. But if I see that there are too many problems with school I would definitely consider teaching them at home..

  • ThoughtfulRoseSupply

    Sharon from ThoughtfulRoseSupply said 5 years ago

    I forgot to's garden-planting time here in Houston...time to pull out that gorgeous Baker's Creek catalog and place my order! I love buying my seeds from Baker's Creek. :)

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 5 years ago

    I was a stay at home Mom for 10 years and it was really hard when it came time to send them off to school. A lot of my friends home schooled and most of their kids were articulate, bright and all around great kids. Our school district let them participate in sports teams, band and orchestra. While I never considered home schooling I see nothing wrong with it if both the parent and child want to be home schooled. However, one of my daughter's friends begged her Mom to go to high school when she turned 15 but her Mom always said no. She ended up going to live with her Grandma at 16 so she could attend high school. In that instance maybe the home schooling should be reaccessed.

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    What a great article! I am so excited to hear more and more people are homeschooling, not everyone learns or socializes the same. As far as the 'weird' stigma of the past, we are all a little weird there's that..

  • BlackbearyMountain

    BlackbearyMountain from BlackbearyMountain said 5 years ago

    I am so glad to see this post here on Etsy and to read all of the positive responses! We are brand new to homeschooling; 2 public schooled parents who began kindergarten with our daughter at home this year. It is oftentimes difficult to find support or understanding from the community at large and we hear many negative stereotypes about homeschooled children and the adults who teach them. I am inspired by this post, these responses and the several other recent posts that I've seen around the net. Thanks so much for posting, Karen, and for including my toy in your related items :D

  • WeThreeTrees

    Jenna Callahan from WeThreeTrees said 5 years ago

    I am currently homeschooling my 5 year old son, who has a speech delay, social anxiety, and is on the autism spectrum. He has a lot of trouble concentrating, and I have to pray that the Lord will give me patience every day. I never considered homeschooling until I realized he had a delay, and I want him to thrive- not fall behind. He is doing 1st grade math, slowly learning how to read, and we read from his children's bible every day. I love being able to teach him at his own pace, give him the attention and love he needs, and share my faith with him as well. I went to observe our local Christian school, and I walked out going "WOW that was stuffy!". Not to mention EXPENSIVE. The children were made to memorize bible verses, and I just don't agree with that. I think there is much more to being a Christian than just knowing bible verses correctly, and wearing dresses if you are a girl, and having short hair if you are a boy. Too many rules, too "religious", not like my Jesus. Anyway, I think you have to make your decisions on the way your children receive their education by their individual needs and personalities. I am open to sending my younger daughter to school if that is what will be best for her, but for now, I am really happy with being able to have the freedom that comes with homeschooling. I'm thankful to God that we live in a country where we are free to homeschool our children. So many people in this world don't have that freedom, and I don't want to take it for granted. Thanks for this article and the different perspectives! :)

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Great post! Left me wanting to learn more about homeschooling.

  • cuteypatutey

    Crystal from cuteypatutey said 5 years ago

    Great article. I have my B.S. in Education and absolutely love homeschooling my twins. It is a tremendous blessing to work with them all day. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

  • RegalCottage

    Regina Frydman from RegalCottage said 5 years ago

    This article and the heartfelt comments are amazing! Homeschooling is a topic that is frequently discussed and debated in our home. I really appreciate the opportunity to hear the different viewpoints from those who have or currently are homeschooling. It is such a difficult decision with many factors to consider.

  • PurlsandIvy

    Leah from PurlsandIvy said 5 years ago

    Wonderful to see this here on Etsy! I was home schooled and I loved it! It really does allow for a personalized, custom education. I can't tell you how many hand crafts I was able to learn on the side because I was home schooled. For instance, I was able to take three years of Arabic and two years of Greek besides in high school besides the normal high school classes. Everyone has different interests and homeschooling makes it possible to pursue those interests and establish a knowledge or skill that can then be used professionally.

  • jibbyandjuna

    genevieve williamson from jibbyandjuna said 5 years ago

    We are in our 10th year of homeschooling and even on the hard days I feel confident this is the way to go. Our oldest was public schooled up to grade 4, then we tried online charter school before changing to traditional homeschool. Our oldest is now thriving in her first year of college, confident and happy being away from home for part of the year - with a 3.94 GPA. So I have my own statistics and know from my own experience that IF parents are DEDICATED, homeschooling has superb results!

  • bookmarksNbangles

    Emily from bookmarksNbangles said 5 years ago

    I was homeschooled and I am so thankful to my parents for giving so much of their time to do it. My mother was an elementary school teacher and has a degree in education. She taught my siblings and I most subjects and we attended a co-op for supplemental subjects like science. I know it helped me to have a slower pace with my weaker subjects, giving me more time to really learn them, while I was able to quickly finish the subjects that came easily. I also had so much freedom to be creative. And since my parents also run their own home-based business, it felt quite natural to start my own business and join Etsy. Thanks for posting this article!

  • littlelauren

    Lauren Nikolas from SeverelyCustom said 5 years ago

    with all these comments not sure you will notice this one. But what program do you use? i've been homeschooling for 1 year and really dislike the "horizons preschool".

  • AntoinettesWhims

    Antoinette from AntoinettesWhims said 5 years ago

    Great article and I love the supportive nature of this community.

  • mariakatajewelry

    Maria L. Lopez from mariakatajewelry said 5 years ago

    My hubby and I decided to homeschool our daughter when moved to another state. The school my daughter attended, she was bullied and made fun of- mind you- this was in kindergarten! She has been homeschooled since 1st grade and is doing very well. She goes at her own pace and of course she has us to help her w/ any questions she has. She attends a cyber school that are now having teachers interact w/ a few students for reading, math and science. There were times while in school she would not eat her lunch b/c she didn't like what they were serving, but being at home I have peace of mind that she's getting a well balanced meal. She takes a break when she needs it and can do other activities in the mean time, like painting or doing making jewelry. The best thing I see on homeschooling is that she is not compared to any other kid in her class- she is who she is- a bright kid the is full of heart.

  • JuJuEyeball

    Karyn & Chelsea from JuJuEyeball said 5 years ago

    I had a bit of an unconventional experience with homeschooling. I became very ill with gastrointestinal problems and then a rare type of epilepsy in elementary school (public,) and was a "disruption" to the other students according to school officials. So, I was placed in Home Bound, a home school with a teacher that comes to your house or meets you in the library a few times a week to help keep you up to public school pace, while learning from home. I was placed in Home Bound in 5th grade, and again in 7th grade, and I loved it. I was able to study high school and college level English/reading/writing and some sciences, and recouperate from the things I missed in math and history. In my case, since I was so sick, and only child, and a transfer student, I really didn't get to interact with other kids my age while being homeschooled, but I didn't have much interaction with other kids in public school, either. When I was well enough to go back to public school full time, I declined the offers of advanced courses so that I would be able to spend more time with my friends. I wasn't bored in "regular" classes, though, because I was motivated and curious enough to do my own independent study if I enjoyed the material.

  • ccr67

    Chelsea Bunetic from ccr67 said 5 years ago

    My sister and I were homeschoolers right down the road from Emilee. We actually frequented her mom's shop for the occasional haircut. Funny how small the world can seem! I am so grateful I was homeschooled, almost all of my skills were learned out in the country of rural Missouri. I now plan to homeschool my kids. I would say the most valueable skills I learned from homeschooling is independent study. Reading lessons and figuring out how to work out problems on your own is an invaluable skill, especially in college.

  • heartofwisdom

    Robin Sampson from DigiScrapDelights said 5 years ago

    Love seeing homeschool stories! Thanks for this one.

  • maoli

    Kai and Kalani from Maoli said 5 years ago

    My brother and I feel very grateful to be able to homeschool. Contrary to popular belief, we aren't "missing on things", we are actually gaining. I don't think any public school curriculum could give us the opportunity to close a deal with a neroli distiller from Tunisia or to learn how to knit our own winter hats. My brother and I get on fights, tease each other over the stupidest of things and have food fights, so I think the socialization aspect many adults argue we're missing by being homeschooled is also covered.

  • PrintsCharmingTotes

    Courtney Henderson from PrintsCharmingTotes said 5 years ago

    This is my first year homeschooling and it was the best decision I've made for my children. I think it is especially beneficial for my son who was "bored" in kindergarten at a private school last year. I just teach around what his interests are. For example, he was really interested in rocks and had a small rock collection. I had him describe his rocks (adjectives!), draw them (art and color-blending!), note their size and weight (measuring!), make an ABC book of rocks (handwriting!), and help me make rock candy (chemistry and food science!). I may not have a teaching degree but I'd say that's pretty good. The difference is, I'm free to structure his lessons however I choose instead of being forced to follow a state-sanctioned curriculum. Homeschooling is indeed not for everyone, but I encourage anyone who is the least bit interested to explore it further. I'm so happy I did!

  • NikkiBsKnitting

    Nikki B from SeahorseBay said 5 years ago

    Sound like your doing an excellent job home schooling your children Courtney. These are the kind of interesting lessons I would like to have with my children in the future!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 5 years ago

    I've thought about homeschooling when I have children. I think the social aspect is important to consider and make additional effort to make sure children aren't deprived of that. I like the concept of part time home schooling and enrolling children in one or more public/private school classes. To be honest, I think it's a little crazy to rely on public schools to give our children the education they will have in the prime years of their learning. Our children have so much more potential than what most public schools can offer.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 5 years ago

    I definitely prefer learning from home. We all have a different environment that is most conducive to learning. It's not always in an institution.

  • kitkat33

    kitkat33 from kitkat33 said 5 years ago

    This is really an interesting discussion. My state of NJ faces public schools being overrun with illegal children and children born here to illegals. (I could really go off running into a rant with that subject, but I will hold back) and instead say that it is a problem for children in public schools who are sitting in classrooms with other children who don't speak english. It's a problem for our teachers who also then have their classrooms expanded beyond capacity and don't have the individual time to help children out who need a little extra attention. Public schools have also to take pretty much anyone, and that includes dealing with the behavior problems who cause chaos in the classroom and disrupt learning for the other children. There are many, many issues with the public schools. Homeschooling sounds great. I don't think my parents would have been the ideal candidates to do so, however. And they definitely didn't have the option as both of them had to work full time. I dealt with real bullying problems when I was in public school and was often bored or left behind depending on the subject. I always wished there was a more creative approach to learning, and I hated how it was completely leeched out of things the older you got. Endless worksheets aren't always the way to go - and the one size fits all - public school approach really hurts a lot of children. I wish it had been an option with me, and I wish i could do it for my own children when I have them, but I know I won't be able to afford staying home and not having a 9-5 job that comes with health and life benefits. It sounds great but it just doesn't seem possible for many people that it would make a good fit for. We pay such high taxes here for public schools in NJ! What if you don't want to send your child to the public school? It might be nice if somehow the government could have a program where people could use their portion of that money towards their own homeschooling program.

  • BannerGirlDesign

    BannerGirlDesign from BannerGirlDesign said 5 years ago

    I love that there are so many homeschooling posts! As a former public school teacher, homeschooling my three kiddos, I think the only way to get the schools to listen to reason about the changes they need to make (re: Sir Ken Robinson's suggestion) is for more and more people to realize that homeschooling CAN be done, with some creativity and sacrifice. Thanks, Etsy, for providing an opportunity to run a business from home!!! When people leave the schools---because they are so damaging to so many kids---it sends a message that we're not going to accept those conditions for our kids. I don't judge people who opt to send their kids to school---perhaps they've found a nice teacher or school---but I'm glad to see that people are becoming more and more accepting of homeschooling---just 10 years ago, when we first considered it, that acceptance was harder to find. Now, in Portland Oregon, we've got a great diverse homeschool community and my kids are more social than I ever was as a public school kid. Yay Homeschooling!

  • icing101

    HannaH from icing101 said 5 years ago

    Great article! I was homeschooled through high school and loved it...I read so many classic books that I started adding interesting "old" words to my vocabulary. Now my 3 year old has picked them up and it makes me so happy to here him say he's "cross", etc. We had the best time homeschooling.... bowling on Tuesdays, Gym at the ymca on Wed. with all the other homeschoolers, field trips, etc.

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 5 years ago Featured

    Thanks, everyone, for your amazing comments and supportive tone. I was largely ignorant about "modern" homeschooling when I starting writing this post and I've learned more from it than anything I have ever written. My biggest takeaway was to have an open mind and realize that every child learns differently and may benefit from a variety of educational approaches throughout his or her development. Not every parent will want, need, or be able to include homeschooling, however, I think it is healthy to see that the stigma formerly attached to it is fading. I am very heartened to hear that Etsy has provided a means for some families to cover the economic gap that can result from spending more time at home. Much appreciation goes to Emilee Gettle and Etsy for their support.

  • Talking1

    Richard - TalkToMeGuy said 5 years ago

    What a Great article, I really enjoyed the addition of the video! The stimulating conversation that this has lead to in the Etsy community is really fun to read! Thank you, Karen !

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections from KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    All parents and kids can benefit tremendously from just little bit of homeschooling - because this brings the theoretical and abstract concepts of knowledge to life so kids will develop a stronger interest in learning. A classroom lesson on photosynthesis may not spark excitement in botany, but planting something together makes the knowledge of this subject matter more tangible, more interesting, more memorable. Everyone speaks of spending more 'quality' time with their children, but by that it typically means vacations, going to the movies, when in fact, some of the best quality time parents can give children is the time spent imparting knowledge and culture, and history to the next generation.

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 5 years ago

    I was an elementary school teacher for several years. I have mixed feelings about homeschooling. Parents, if they are going to be the teachers, must be thoroughly convinced of the "rightness" of their decision to homeschool. Homeschooling takes a monumental amount of time on the part of the parent/teacher to develop and implement a curriculum. It's definitely something that one has to consider very carefully.

  • LisaJanes

    Lisa Wyatt from LisaJanes said 5 years ago

    What a fantastic post. I homeschool my 8 year old son here in the UK, he was suffering stomach problems whilst at school, we were fighting every morning in order to get him to go to school, he would end up a sobbing wreck. I knew that this wasn't right, he then got a teacher whose manner was very bullish towards me and I just thought if you can speak to me that way, how the hell are you treating my child. It was then I made the decision after a day of research to take my son out of school. We are in our second year of homeschooling, it isn't the easiest thing to do but we are getting there. Just scrolling through the post and all the comments makes me smile, knowing that homeschooling does work despite what some say!

  • blevison Admin

    Beth Levison said 5 years ago

    Amazing that this video is on Ken Robinson's ideas created a chemical reaction in me ... it's so worth watching it. His ideas extend far, far beyond homeschooling, and basically, he believes that our greatest natural resource is not gas, is not oil, is not the sun ... it's human creativity. Great thinker.

  • MishaGirl

    Michelle from MishaGirl said 5 years ago

    I think it's great if parents have the opportunity to home-school their kids. Why not! Public schools exist to serve the greater public, and while it may not be perfect, it's all some people have. I went to a public school...I was an A student, but was also bored out of my skull. But, in the end, I probably learned a thing or two. On the other hand, and fortunate for me, my folks were really into arts, music, cultures and traveling. Their efforts to introduce me to different things or different ideas hugely supplemented what a regular school could not teach me. I think I benefited from the both forms...but, even more valuable is that I am left with the desire to continue learning. Where that came from....probably my parents.

  • Iggyjingles

    Robyn Coburn from Iggyjingles said 5 years ago

    We are a home schooling family. That "socialization question" tends to make us roll our eyes, as most home schoolers I know spend more time out in the world in social situations with people of all ages, than hanging out at home. Nor is learning math or science of the least concern, with all that is available on the internet (Scientific American please) and in the community, like science centers. A youngster with a real bent for science beyond what can be accomplished in the home, will find awesome summer camp experiences, and later community college experiences even before reaching college age. There is no need to buy boxed curriculum - why recreate one of the things - one-size-fits-all education - that's wrong with schools? We follow our daughter's interests, so our program is very vocational. We consider learning to be happening during all waking hours, so you might say that our school is year round. Lots of home schooled kids have Etsy stores (real world math anyone?). My daughter makes jewelry - in fits and starts - and others sell ceramics, textiles, paper arts and comics. Home schooling is no sacrifice for us - it's the opposite - a wonderful gift.

  • nicolerisinger

    Nicole Risinger from SoSewOrganized said 5 years ago

    As a homeschool graduate, I appreciate this post! I am so thankful that I was able to be homeschooled and plan to do the same with my children. I agree that homeschooling is not for every family...but thankful it is an option. Thanks again for a great post!

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 5 years ago

    This was a great article. I homeschooled my girls until I had some drastic life changes, and the interesting thing, is that the structure provided by switching to public school has been so incredibly "healing" for our family. I loved homeschooling, and I find I love public school. As a single mom of four young children, I had to come to terms that I could not do it all. I find it so helpful to ask, ask, ask, with my kids in public I feel I am more informed...and I feel we have an amazing school system! so great to see support for both sides!

  • MelinSun

    Melin Stockmann said 5 years ago

    I definitely fell into the camp of those who have an unfairly narrow and prejudiced view of thank you for your enlightening article which opened my mind and made me consider some very interesting points. I always love reading personal narrative of Etsy vendors. There were two points made in your article that I found most provocative. One was the comparison of number of American children homeschooled as being the same as NYC and LA school districts COMBINED. The other was Emilee's thought that there may be some correlation between traditionally schooled children sitting most of the day for years at desks and an expectation of sitting at a desk for years as the ensuing "livelihood." The lifestyle that Emilee and her partner have chosen is inspiring and refreshing to read about. Thanks!

  • sianykitty

    Siany from sianykitty said 5 years ago

    Amazing post, amazing topic, and a completely reactive positive response.. Bravo Etsy..

  • LisaEverettDesigns

    Lisa Everett from LisaEverettDesigns said 5 years ago

    I just pulled my son out of public school (9th grade) a little over a month ago and am now homeschooling him. I am so glad I did this and only wish I had done it years ago...

  • artworksbycarol

    carol pulliam from artworksbycarol said 5 years ago

    So many PASSIONATE people that homeschool! ME TOO, Love INDIVIDUALISM IT's what built our country.

  • modestchicks

    Kim Harris from modestchicks said 5 years ago

    I have two lovely kids that are home schooled. One is now 14 and the other is 12. I love it! They will be grown and out of my house soon. I cherish all the time I'm able to spend with them. Of course they have their own teachers! I just make sure the work is getting done. I use to worry about the comments of others. But over time, home schooling has proven itself to them. My kids are making great grades! They have a social life with other class mates and outside friends (including adults). They are not limited in their education. No, you do not have to have a degree to teach your own kids. Just have lots of love and patience!

  • wingandaprayerfarm

    Tammy White from wingandaprayerfarm said 5 years ago

    Homeschooling = Yay! I homeschooled my 3 children for 10 years for a combination of reasons. They are amazing, well adjusted, smart, interested, secure, creative, ambitious and all around very cool young adults. Two in college, one a junior in highschool. No issues.

  • motherculture

    Kiya's Naturals from KiyasNaturals said 5 years ago

    My oldest home schooled until he was 9 when he began a waldorf charter school. He could easily teach himself more in a day that he learns in school. He is continually working through the social dynamics of his day and I feel that this takes up 60% of his mental capacity. Remove the chatter and he can learn anything needed in 10% of the time. If at any time any of my children are ready to leave the classroom i have no fear that they can learn,grow,and become the people they need to be in a free learning method like home schooling. There are so many ways to grow up. Children who have someone who listens to them and can think outside the box will raise children for the future.

  • lauraprentice

    Laura Wennstrom from laurawennstrom said 5 years ago

    My husband and I have been huge fans of the Baker Creek Seed Co. and it's great to hear from Emilee on Etsy! I work at a public elementary school and have mixed feelings about homeschooling. From my experience, kids are exposed to the 'real world' at school, for better or for worse. All kids need teachers and adults that come alongside those kids and teach them how to make positive decisions, to learn from their mistakes, and how to take ownership for their work and responsibility.

  • JodysVintage

    Jody Ball from PansyRoadVintage said 5 years ago

    Thank God we live in a country where we have the freedom to school our children as we wish! My grandchildren are homeschooled, they are not missing out on a thing, in fact their lives are all the richer for it! They also attend a homeschool co-op once a week, an awesome, well planned out group that gathers together with parents teaching the classes. I also teach art there, and my world has been made all the better because of it. I am inspired watching awesome parents growing awesome, dedicated and responsible kids. This is a great article!

  • bojacobson

    Bo Jacobson said 5 years ago

    As somebody who hasn't been exposed to homeschooling firsthand, I share some of Laura W's general concerns with the concept. But, putting aside the potential drawbacks, there's something so great about the idea of uniquely crafted curriculum presented in context. In the case of Emilee, I especially like the idea of the in-home business as the socialization mechanism. (Also - very interesting looking at the comments and seeing that at the very least a representative portion of the Etsy audience has a connection to home schooling)

  • JodysVintage

    Jody Ball from PansyRoadVintage said 5 years ago

    More random thoughts on this subject......As in any aspect of life, it all boils down to positive parental involvement and attitudes in a child's life, whether homeschooled, public or privately schooled. But, for the most part, why would a parent want to keep a child with them all day long if they weren't devoted to the nurturing and dedication it takes to plan lessons and teach at home?

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    Jody Ball from PansyRoadVintage said 5 years ago

    I forgot mention that I have also ordered seeds many times from Baker Creek and intend to do so again this year! Great folks there!

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    Andra Johnson from mytatteredwhimsies said 5 years ago

    I am so glad to see the positive responses to homeschooling that are shown here, in this posting and in the comments! We are in our second year homeschooling our 6 and 9yo boys. While it has been difficult at times, it has been the best decision for our family. Our oldest was falling so far behind in every area in public school in 2nd grade, and our youngest was so far ahead at home before kindergarten that we feared that he would be bored and fall behind if put in with the low standards of the public school system in our district. Just a month before school was to start last school year we decided it was time to begin our homeschooling journey. It just made sense, as it fit with our Christian convictions of who should be raising/influencing our children. Considering that I was already working from home and raising the kids, the transition was almost seamless. Just in the past year I have seen improvements in every area of our kids' lives, especially our oldest. Academically he is soaring, unhindered by social expectations that had previously held him back. He is able to work at his own pace, moving ahead in some areas where he feels confident, and taking his time to really learn the areas that come less naturally. Our youngest, with never having limits put on him as he would in school, is working far ahead of the standard for a 1st grader, and reading almost at the same level as our 4th grader, with very little help from me it's just the way he is. They have also gained a higher respect for the adults in their lives, and are learning to play well with all ages of children, not just their own age. I have to add, for those who think homeschooling is expensive. It can be, but it doesn't have to be!!! There are so many resources online that are either free, or very inexpensive, especially for elementary age children. For those who are afraid that they can't be their child's teacher, remember that you already are. You taught them to walk and talk, possibly even to read and write their alphabet, to ride a bike. There truly isn't much different, you just move along with them re-learning as you go, if needed.

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    HurdandHoney Hurd from HurdandHoney said 5 years ago

    This post was inspiring. "Critics of homeschooling question whether parents are qualified to teach, particularly those parents who may not have teaching degrees or backgrounds in education." I am a public school teacher and believe that parents (regardless of degrees or backgrounds in education) are the most suited educators for their children. A willing parent should not feel disqualified, but rather most qualified. These are your children, they are a part of you and your spouse and who better knows their strengths and weaknesses.

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    Leah from gilbug1 said 5 years ago

    We are also a homeschooling family. I always love reading about others experiences!

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    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    What an amazing and inspiring story! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Lori Campbell from BeneathTheRowanTree said 5 years ago

    We are on the verge of becoming a home learning family. Time? No we don't really 'have it' LOL but then, again, how can we *not*? While it is not for everyone, it is needful for our daughter and rearranging our lives and our commitments and expectations for her is part of what we need to do as parents (we, being me and my husband, not a general we!). Our daughter has sensory and anxiety issues, likely will be 'labelled' with Tourette's in a year or two (she is 6) and school is horrendous for her. We finally took a step back and realized that it is just not working for her, and is damaging her development and her learning. We are so excited to take the leap in the next month or so and bring her home, to let her be 6 and happy and confident and curious and full of wonder.

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    Jolynn from lifemeetsart said 5 years ago

    We homeschooled our children for years and I coordinated a local homeschooling group. My children are older and are in traditional school both have always been where they should be accademically. They both tend to be ahead of their age mates on standardized test but that is because we went at the child's pace. Both kids agree that they see many more kids while attending school but the structure prevents actual socialization. Homework and such seems to leave less time for social activities. They both miss having the time to spend with their friends that homeschooling afforded them. Most colleges accept homeschoolers (even Harvard) in fact many homeschoolers take college courses while their age mates are in high school.

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    rerunzvintageshop from rerunzvintageshop said 5 years ago

    Loved the article! This one is so near and dear to my heart, I'm a stay@home father of two children. My wife and I both share the responsibility of teaching our 4&6 year old growing children......They are home-schooled, and taught Christian values:) ~We are so blessed to have healthy children, learning, and enriching stretching their minds~Programs that we are using "My Fathers world" and "Beka curriculum".....we pray at our school/home:)

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    Bethany from ParadoxicalPhoenix said 5 years ago

    I intend to start homeschooling my son next year for kindergarten. He's always been a few years ahead in reading and math, but he's normal for everything else so we just thought that homeschooling would be the best fit for him. I don't know how it works in other places, but it seems as if all of the concerns are answered well here. He will be taking swimming lessons and soccer as physical exercise and socialization. I know the public school out here sometimes lets homeschoolers use their science lab. Plus he'll have the opportunity to learn as much as he wants. Massachusetts is pretty strict on its homeschooling policies, but they also make it easy for us to use their public facilities to help with the education of our children when necessary. P.S. I am having difficulty finding a history curriculum. I am fine with all other subjects. Although I am a Christian I do not want a religious-based history curriculum. I would prefer my son to have a more eclectic education when it comes to history. Any suggestions are more than welcome. :)

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    Bethany from ParadoxicalPhoenix said 5 years ago

    *he has... sorry, I didn't read through that first. :)

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    HAnnah Wish from LaPoshJewelry said 5 years ago

    We started homeschooling our 8 year old daughter a quarter of the way through 3rd grade. Here we were paying for private school and were very displeased with the education she was receiving. As a result, she has blossomed, and started a company called La Posh Jewelry. Now it has become a family venture and part of her homeschooling. It has been a great way to see the practical use of math, English, computing, interpersonal relationships etc. In fact as a way to work on creative writing, she is starting her own company blog called "Just me, my jewelry journey", where she writes about what things she learns from her business. It is true, that homeschooling is not for everyone, and it does take work. However, when it it fits, it opens an entire new world of learning that steps out of the classroom and into the world.

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    Bobbi Bankston from PoppyandPearlCo said 5 years ago

    huge fan!!! so excited to see the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. here! I had no idea there was an etsy shop. LOVE love love their products and go through the magazines a million times every year. Wishing much success and a prosperous 2012.

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    Bethany from ParadoxicalPhoenix said 5 years ago

    Just went to the site and realized that their seeds are all non-GMO. This just gets better and better!!! I will never plant a garden that is not GMO! Thanks for this great seed resource!

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    Bethany from ParadoxicalPhoenix said 5 years ago

    *I meant I will never plant one that IS GMO. Wow. I really need to read before I click the button. :)

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    Elizabeth from SweetThangVintage said 5 years ago

    This is great! I've been home schooled my whole life. Graduating this year. :)

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    Ali and Madeline from eweandmehandmades said 5 years ago

    Great article! We are a homeschooling family, and homeschooling my daughter Madeline (who sells on etsy along side of me) has allowed her to experience the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. She spins, knits, and takes photographs for our etsy store. All at the age of 12! Homeschooling has given my children the opportunity to experience the world and how the real world works. It's encouraging to see businesses like Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. take off like it did. It gives me hope for my daughter and I.

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    Amanda Gwynne-Farrish from pookdesignz said 5 years ago

    Great comments and responses to this article - for me my kids have succeeded well with the public school system - both have thrived in their environments and with one in university and one if 1st year high school I am not about to change the schooling arrangement. I am impressed with all those who had the homeshcooling experience and are homeschooling their children - there definitely is a ton of positives for the homeschool movement - wish everyone much success in their acadamic journeys both as students and parent educators. Glad that there is the freedom to choose both types of educational experiences.

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    Tamra Krohn said 5 years ago

    Wow! What a lot of posts! I have homeschooled one child for a year, went back to public school, and next year will homeschool all three of my kids with one partially enrolled at a private school. I have felt God's nudge and am following it. There are so many reasons... The one I keep going back to - I don't want my kids mainstream, I want them to be individuals who can think for themselves and aren't afraid to question things. I have seen personalities change as they try to "fit in". I want them to be free to be themselves. I think bullying, girl issues, cliques, etc. are not a necessary evil to deal with. I was raised to "pull yourself up by your bootstraps". I want my kids to be independent but also ask for help. I want so much for my children and I feel that home will be the best grounds for getting them there. I am responsible for my children and their education. I am looking forward to what God has in store for us. I pray for all the people who posted - that they are affirmed in what they choose and have learned from the others on this thread. God Bless.

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    Marie from softearthart said 5 years ago

    Great read, thanks everyone, cheers from New Zealand, Marie

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    Jessica Abney from LovelyFluff said 5 years ago

    Loved reading this article. Homeschooling my kids has been a recent consideration for me. I enjoy reading about others' experiences with it. Thank you for sharing!

  • 88kitty

    Karen Kraft from 88kitty said 5 years ago

    Second year of homeschooling my 11yo.... and it's kicking my butt!!! I applaud those who are making it work, it's not an easy affair.

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    Nancy from PiacereMioPaperie said 5 years ago

    I would love to homeschool my children. Any suggestions on how that is possible when both parents work outside the home?

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    Dov Bremner from DarlingLittleDov said 5 years ago

    I love it, Home schooling works. I have homeschooled my 3 kids, taught many classes at Homeschool co-op, been a board member in a group of 600 homeschoolers, serving grades k-12. Our co-op has fabulous math and science teachers,as well as an offering of approximatly 90 classes every year. We have gone to the Seattle Symphony, the Ballet, and many professional plays throughout the years. My oldest 2 daughters,at 16 and 17 yrs.went to Sendai Japan and taught english to Japanese students, later that year they were able to travel to Israel for a guilded tour, w/o parents, they are very confident girls .They both graduated with their Assoc. of Arts degrees at 18 as well as their high school diplomas. These 2 girls can do anything- telling them or their homeschooled friends that they should be shy, reserved and socially awkward makes them laugh. The largest group of kids at Century Ballroom in Seattle on swingdance nite is the homeschoolers- and watch out they're amazing. Homeschooling has taught them to think for themselves and go for their dreams, my 18 yr old son has his AA also and is in the Army Officer Training course at a Private University- he loves these United States and has wanted to be an Army guy for 10 years. within his h.s. friends he's had plenty of battles with other boys all of them calling to see if each other has their schoolwork done for the day so they can play army,airsoft,frisbee,rockclimbing,soccer wow the list goes on. Homeschooling is not for everyone, but really, who loves your child more than you and wants to see them succeed- not just in academia, but as a loving confident, kind person- maybe even the type of guy or gal who lifts each other up-l I can say homeschooling worked for my family in a big way my oldest just had a baby, making me a new grandma, and she and her husband plan on homeschooling their new little one - it just seems the right thing to do, Who can argue with success.

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    Dov Bremner from DarlingLittleDov said 5 years ago

    I just wanted to add- the numbers were about 2 million home school families, 10 years ago! Its quite a bit larger now. To those who want to try home schooling, yes its hard some days and 1 income can be a stretch but the sacrifice is oh so totally worth it. Connect with other home schoolers in your area, try the library during school hours, find out where the co-ops are, they usually meet once a week. Look up the laws in your state- they are different in each, pretty soon you'll run into someone who's a homeschool maverick and wow, look out! you'll have more curriculum ideas, and outings ,music lessons, (homeschoolers love playing instruments, there's so much extra time to practice and it facilitates learning), and playdates you wont have time for the basics. If anyone wants to confab further- send me a message at darling little dov. I promise, I never taught grammar. blessings to you all!

  • CornerChair

    Katie from CornerChair said 5 years ago

    I was home schooled from Kindergarden on up through high school, and I have to say it was THE best experience I could have ever wished for! I look forward to homeschooling my own kiddos someday. The best thing with homeschooling is that you have opportunity to do so many other extra-curricular activities, instead of being at a desk for hours a day. I had the ability to explore pretty much any craft/hobby I ever wanted to, and my Mom always made sure we had good supplies to work with. My sister and I were encouraged to create things to sell, and we had many different small businesses that we operated from the time we were quite young. That experience has definitely given me a comfort level with starting up my new Etsy site.

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    Michael Ostromooukhov from michaelostromooukhov said 5 years ago

    The largest group of kids at Century Ballroom in Seattle on swingdance nite is the homeschoolers- and watch out they're amazing. Homeschooling has taught them to think for themselves and go for their dreams, my 18 yr old son has his AA also and is in the Army Officer Training course at a Private University- he loves these United States and has wanted to be an Army guy for 10 years. within his h.s. friends he's had plenty of battles with other boys all of them calling to see if each other has their schoolwork done for the day so they can play army,airsoft,frisbee,rockclimbing,soccer wow the list goes on. Homeschooling is not for everyone, but really, who loves your child more than you and wants to see them succeed- not just in academia, but as a loving confident, kind person- maybe even the type of guy or gal who lifts each other up-l I can say homeschooling worked for my family in a big way my oldest just had a baby, making me a new grandma, and she and her husband plan on homeschooling their new little one - it just seems the right thing to do, Who can argue with success. 60s dresses for sale

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    Robin Grattarola from atomiclivinhome said 5 years ago

    I homeschooled my 3 children for approx. 8 years, through high school. The public school they attended was changing each one of them for the worse. My youngest son, who is very bright, just could not stand the screaming, yes, screaming, that his 2nd grade teacher was doing everyday. He began to BEG me not to leave him there! It was heartbreaking to walk him to school and have him run down the hall after me. He was never a clingy kid at home and it was disturbing. My next oldest, who had some learning difficulties, was simply being "pushed through the system" regardless of how much he actually learned. I had to go to the school weekly to beg the administration to DO something for him. Finally, they did do an IEP and he began to have reading class in a special classroom. But, the next year, 4th grade, I noticed that even in his regular class he wasn't getting anything done. I would go weekly and ask his teacher to tell me how he was doing. The response was always, "Great. No problems." I'd ask if he was doing all of his work and the teacher would say, yes. Then I'd look in my son's desk and find a stack of worksheets an inch thick that were untouched. Fridays his class went bowling. Bowling!! Every Friday. Imagine that! I found out, the next year, that that year had been the teacher's last year before retirement. I guess he just didn't care anymore. My oldest child, a girl, was graduating 6th grade when I realized that I had to homeschool my kids. She'd come home from a field trip and was complaining about the sexual talk going on among the other kids, especially the boys. One of the girls in her class ended up getting pregnant that year...a 6th grader! My children loved being homeschooled and their friends used to clamor for me to teach them as well. My three all learned at their own pace, using their interests as subjects to be studied. They learned to research for themselves and to learn to think and use logic. We went on many field trips, both with other homeschoolers and just ourselves. My children all are grown now. Happy and successful adults who are now planning to homeschool their own children! I did this while being a divorced mom and working to support the family. It's do-able and infinitely rewarding. No one cares as much about your children and their success and happiness than you do!

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    Amanda Madenis from oldworldapothecary said 5 years ago

    We absolutely LOVE homeschooling!! We homeschool 10th and 1st :)

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    Louise from Conglomeration55 said 5 years ago

    My parents were one of the homeschooling pioneers in the early 1970's. They were both former teachers, which made it easier due to strict regulations. Both my siblings who were homeschooled graduated with honors from college. I wasn't homeschooled. I feel my siblings had the better education. I homeschooled my child. My child then went on to attend a private high school, and his grade point average was 3.8. He is in college now, and on the Dean's list. There are so many resources available to homeschooler's now. Many more than are offered to those attending traditional schools. Once you are registered with your state, you will be on the mailing list for suppliers. If you are weak in math or science, there are many programs that offer virtual teaching on DVD's. etc. It's wonderful!

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    Victoria Beads from GoodnessInTheCosmos said 5 years ago

    Great article! Thanks! Homeschoolin rocks :) and way easier than u'd think. It's not like learning to fly to the moon, or train for an olympic marathon.

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    Bekki from WreathsForMissions said 5 years ago

    Great article! We agree! We are a homeschooling family of four kids ages 10 - 5 & my kids enjoy it - and so do I! I

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    Rebecca Forencich said 5 years ago

    We decided to home school our son in the middle of 8th grade due to the stress of school in terms of mountains of homework. He is a bright kid who was being beaten down by the demands of school. We registered him as a home schooler but kept him partially enrolled in public school by his choice so that he could be with friends and take his math and science classes. This year at age 16 he is taking classes at the local community college. He passed all the placement exams at a college level. He's also a very good guitar player, so that takes up a lot of his time. It's also good for his spirit. Sometimes we feel conflicted about our choice but then something happens to confirm that it has been the right thing to do. As far as testing, he has to take achievement tests on the same schedule as other Oregon students. He has scored high. He's also starting to take the GED exams to earn his high school equivalency. Socially he's fine, but it's hard for his friends in high school to get together because of their homework load. Home schooling has been a very empowering experience for him to learn that he has choices in life and that he can change a bad situation into a good one.

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    Sarina from PopRockJewelry said 5 years ago

    I am home-schooled, been for 9 years!

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    Pilar Gonzalez from craftingjunkiestore said 5 years ago

    I've been home schooling my daughters (13 & 17) for three years now. My reasons are varied as they are different personalities. The public schools in PR are quite academically deficient and dangerous. We have given them private school education (catholic school) but the cost for good schools are alarmingly high and the religious requirements were too much for us. They were bombarded with work, which they could not retain for the next school year. My eldest was being bullied until she had to literally fight back (every one was very surprised coming from her). My trigger was that my youngest was coming home to do homework that I had to explain over and over again until a teacher told her in front of the class "well, I guess you will get behind (in math) because I cannot review this just for you". I spent all my afternoons studying with both, so I decided to formally do what I was doing all along. Don't get me wrong, my kids have had teacher that are simply amazing and proactive. They inspire the love for learning to this kids, but unfortunately there aren't enough teachers like that. They couldn't take ANY after school activity because of the amount of work given. This three years they have been able to try on different sports (now they love to run and had the opportunity to train with my sensei's master), take art and music classes and really think and examine what they would love to BE when they grow up. We are always learning at home, outside and even when traveling (ask them about Alaska... they want to move there). It's a little quirky for me because I have to change dials since they have different styles and speeds of learning. That just proves to me that until the education department changes their styles and views regarding new ways of teaching, our kids will be getting a standard education and not be given the tools for problem solving in the real world. Everyone who had an education, either high school or college will tell you that most of what they know, they have learned in the work force, and basically is problem solving. I love every minute of it and I'm looking forward to my girl going to college. Oh... the socialization thing.... they now socialize more with ALL kids (home schooled, in regular school and different ages) than when they were in school. Yeah.. Mom Taxi.. until they get own car.

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    M Knaupp from KnauppKnits said 5 years ago

    I just came across this article. I'm thrilled to see a post about homeschooling on a website that is not education-related. While I don't think homeschooling fits everyone, it certainly has served our family well. It's as much of a lifestyle as it is an educational approach. We love the freedom to have our own schedule, rather than being tied down to a school calendar. We take our vacations and days off when we want to, not when the school dictates. With three very different children, I see how homeschooling has allowed me to individualize instruction for each child. We can choose various curricula according to strengths and weaknesses. And we can work in volunteer service, music lessons, and sports during the day. One of our favorite things about homeschooling is that my kids actually have down time--time to just hang out, relax, or to develop creativity (isn't that what Etsy folks are all about?). I find that missing in many children's lives these days. My oldest is in high school now, and it's so encouraging to see how the colleges are now much more homeschool-friendly since they have had so many homeschool applicants. I'm really not nervous about my children being accepted to great schools.

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