Is Homeschooling Hard?
When I've met someone unfamiliar with homeschooling (and if we're actually able to make it past "The Look") the most common question I'm asked is, "Is homeschooling hard?" People ask this question for different reasons. Oftentimes, they are surprised that it is a legal alternative to traditional education and don't understand how homeschooling works. Sometimes they are wondering if it could be a good fit for their family. Even though I am truly enjoying our decision to homeschool, I believe the answer is yes. Homeschooling is hard, but not for the reasons people might think.
I am very fortunate to live in the state of Texas where the only requirements for homeschooling are that you provide a bone fide education in visual form that includes reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and good citizenship (THSC.org).* There are no end of year evaluations. No standardized tests. No portfolio submissions. There are no home visits or meetings with homeschooling counselors. Complying with homeschool laws in Texas is ridiculously easy. So then, what makes homeschooling hard?
Each of the posts below represents a challenge that our family faces. Do you share some of the same?
*Homeschooling laws vary from state to state. There are no national regulations.