We attended our State homeschool convention a couple of weeks ago. It was held at a very large hotel, which was filled with homeschooling families. I have friends who couldn't get a room a couple of months before the convention because there were none available. The last night of the convention the students had a graduation dance. The following morning the Graduation ceremony was held. There were more than 300 graduates. And I'm sure that only a small number of our state homeschool graduates attended and make up this number. I am amazed at how much the homeschool community has grown in the last 12 years since we started homeschooling.
As the homeschool community is growing, myths about homeschool are being disproven. Homeschool statistics indicate that students educated at home score in the 65th to the 89th percentile, while students who are traditionally educated score in the 50th percentile. More and more colleges and universities are recruiting students who are home-educated because of their well-known dedication and high achievement level. There are many homeschool-friendly colleges. As for the question of socialization, homeschoolers who have the opportunity to interact with siblings, parents and have options to attend groups with students of all ages are far better communicators and more well-rounded. In the real world we are not confined to an office or a room with 30 other people who are our own age.
So if you're considering homeschooling your children, or if you have been homeschooling and still have family members who are skeptical, don't worry. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. I have family members who used to test my kids when we visited them, drilling them with academic questions. I remember one summer how my son impressed one of these relatives by solving the Rubic Cube, and he was only 10 years old at the time.
If you're thinking of homeschooling, my advice is educate yourself on your State laws on home education. Find all the information you can from other homeschoolers on their experiences, the curriculum that is available for you to choose from, and support groups that you can join in your area. We all have different ways of learning, so read up on homeschool learning styles to find out what your child's style of learning may be.
Homeschooling frees us from the educational and social chains that bind us from exploring, learning and growing individually. Let me leave you with a great video I found of homeschoolers in Bulgaria.