My partner and I are both professional teachers, and I've been involved with the homeschooling community for years, offering outdoor science programs for kids. After three years of research, and given our backgrounds, we decided to homeschool our own children, too. As you can imagine, people have some questions, and opinions, about that, and you can bet moms who homeschool have some things they want non-homeschooling moms to know, too.
I've often wished I could carry around a basic FAQ about homeschooling for non-homeschooling parents, so when the topic comes up I could just hand it to them and then we could fast-forward through all the basics and have a perfectly lovely conversation based on mutual understanding. Because, unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about homeschooling, and such a wide variety of families who homeschool that it's impossible to generalize the experience. In fact, it sometimes seems there's more variety among homeschooling families than similarity.
Whether you are a homeschooling parent, or you have a friend or family member who is homeschooling and you're curious, or maybe you're deciding about homeschooling for your own kids, here are some basics about the world of homeschooling that many non-homeschooling parents may not be familiar with.