10 Signs You're Doing Something Right as a Homeschooler

It’s easy to doubt yourself when you homeschool.

You find out the neighborhood school kids are studying calculus in second grade.

The other parents in your homeschool group brag that their kids are six grades ahead of where they should be.

You read homeschool blogs where parents explain how they schedule and organize 18 children on a hundred acre hobby farm in an immaculate home full of elaborate craft projects.

You can’t remember the last time you finished a lesson plan, and your kids stare at you blankly when you ask them how many states there are.

Nevermind all that.

Here’s 10 ways to know if you’re doing okay anyway.

  1. Your children view trips to the library with the same enthusiasm as trips to the ice cream store.
  2. Science supplies are considered cool toys.
  3. Your kids know how to google or otherwise search out information on whatever subjects spark their interests minute by minute.
  4. You have so many books that you could build a guest house in the backyard with them all (though you’d never do such a thing with them!).
  5. You need a break from all the socialization opportunities your family is taking part in.
  6. You can turn absolutely any errand, TV show or innocent question into something educational.
  7. Your dining room table is piled high with art projects, lapbooks, science experiments, math manipulatives and other non-dining related items (bonus for each type of mess it houses!).
  8. Your kids feel bad for kids who go to SOTH (school outside the home).
  9. You consider museum memberships, zoo passes, magazine subscriptions, art supplies, karate classes, electronic gadgets, trips to ethnic stores and restaurants, Netflix subscriptions and overdue library fines “educational expenses.”
  10. Your kids still get excited about learning.

See?  I bet it turns out you’re rocking it after all.  😉

Any you’d add?  Leave them in the comments!


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24 thoughts on “10 Signs You're Doing Something Right as a Homeschooler

  1. about the book ‘house’ . You say:

    You have so many books that you could build a guest house in the backyard with them all (though you’d never do such a thing with them!).

    I contend that your children would consider building this IN the house therefore getting past the fact that the outdoors ruins books.



  2. Your children go hiking and excited name the fauna telling facts about each. They then build elaborate rock dams in a stream noting the change in water height in the pond.

    Fantastic list. I just added the above as we lived that this afternoon while out exploring.


  3. I’ve been going at unschooling my children for 19 years now, and your top 10 list is SPOT ON! And, yes, we have to get out of our heads as homeschoolers that our children have to be doing something epic at all times.


  4. Thank you so much for this. I’ve been feeling like a failure lately, but after reading this I realize that we’re doing alright. 🙂

    Ditto for pajamas as a school uniform!


  5. You have so many books that your friends think your house is a library and call you first when they need a book.

    Thank you so much for this reminder. I REALLY needed it today!!!


  6. When your teenage kids can hang out with adult family and make you proud when they can interact and have a conversation.

    I liked this post and shared it on facebook. It got a very positive response!


  7. All of those describe our home too, with the exception of number 8, as my kids go to the local PS. No need to feel sorry for them. 🙂


  8. I’m going to print this out and tape it to my wall! I’m in my 9th year of unschooling my two sons and sometimes I just need a reminder that everything is just fine. Thank you!


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