When people find out that we homeschool, they naturally have a lot of questions. And honestly, I love answering them!
Today I’m sharing the 10 most common homeschool questions we get asked, along with my answers.
What makes you qualified to homeschool?
A: In North Carolina, you have to have a high school diploma to be able to homeschool. Most people assume I am “qualified” because I went to college for education, but this isn’t true. Actually, most homeschooling parents are not teachers who hold state licensure.
Who do you report to?
A: Myself. 🙂 In North Carolina, you have to file a Notice of Intent (to operate a homeschool) with the Department of Non-Public Education. They are also the department that can ask for your vaccination records, instructional records, testing records, etc. However, on a day-to-day basis, you really only report to yourself. You are the administrator of your homeschool.
Does your public school district give you curriculum?
A: No! Maybe some school districts across the country do this, but I haven’t come upon any in my research. In NC, you are totally separate from the public school system. They do not give you curriculum resources and you do not need to follow their sequence of study. You are your own school and choose to set up your curriculum in any way you please.
How do you decide what to teach?
A: Personally, I pray. I pray for guidance and discernment in choosing what to teach my children and how to teach it. There are so many curriculum choices and instructional theories that you truly have to decide what to teach based on the needs of your family. (I’ll be sharing a post on how to choose the right curriculum for your family in the near future. Check back soon or sign up for the newsletter to be the first to know when it’s published!)
Do you homeschool all day?
A: Nope! We typically spend three hours, four days each week working specifically on the subjects of reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and language arts. But, we really learn all day. We are intentional about the activities we choose to do each day and the life-long impact they have on our kiddos. Reading aloud, cleaning, cooking, serving others, and spending time outdoors are part of the weekly routine in our homeschool.
Where do you go to take End of Grade (EOG) tests?
A: We don’t take EOGs. In NC, it’s required that you administer a nationally standardized achievement test, which is different from the public school system’s state-standardized EOGs. You have freedom in choosing which test will work best for your family. Also, in NC, you don’t submit the results to the state. You have to keep a record of them for at least a year, though.
Are you part of a homeschool group?
A: Yes, but you don’t have to be. It’s always a good thing to have a community of like-minded homeschoolers to offer support and ideas, and we’ve found that there are many organized groups in our area to join. We’re part of a group that schedules free get-togethers and paid classes.
What about socialization?
A: It depends on your definition of socialization. Our kids are not quietly sitting next to other kids of the same age in a classroom all day, but they do spend most afternoons playing with friends of different ages and backgrounds. They also participate in group activities in the community and with each other. Technically, our kids “socialize” with others more now than they did when they were enrolled in public school!
Are you going to put them back in public/private school one day?
A: We don’t know. We’re being intentional about focusing on this season of our lives. Right now, we’re exactly where we need to be, doing exactly what we need to be doing. If we find public or private school becomes the best option in the future, we’ll definitely enroll our children.
Are you worried about college?
A: Absolutely not. If our children choose to go to college, I’m positive they’ll be ready. They’re naturally learning how to work independently and schedule their time. I know these skills will serve them well in college one day. Also, in NC, qualifying high school students can enroll for courses at their local community college to get a jump start on their college or career readiness. If we’re still homeschooling in high school, our kiddos will definitely do this.