The Two Major Myths of Homeschooling

There are two major myths of homeschooling. The first is that you have to be brilliant, well-educated and a certified teacher to facilitate homeschooling. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, one of the greatest privileges of homeschooling is that as often as not the teacher is learning right alongside her students. Some of the best days you’ll ever have are days when one of the children asks, “Why does thus-and-such happen?” Likely you’ll reply, “I have absolutely no idea. Where would we go to find that out?” and then both parent and student will go on a learning adventure together.

Well if the need for impeccable education, professional training and raw intelligence comprise one myth of homeschooling, what do you suppose the other myth is? The second major myth of homeschooling is that it’s easy. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s fun, it’s enjoyable, it’s life changing and it’s perhaps the greatest journey you’ll ever go on. But it’s not easy.

Homeschooling well requires dilligence, humility and plain, old-fahsioned hard work. It means preparing lessons, interacting with your students, being flexible and being willing to admit you don’t have all the answers. And sometimes it means not getting the instant “oooh, thank you mother” that you had hoped to hear. It means juggling your roles as wife, mother and tutor and it means being willing to put up with the foolish, insensitive and downright rude comments of friends and family sometimes.

Let’s have some homeschool fun with “myths” today, shall we? Talk with your children about myths. Here’s a definition for you to start with: A traditional or legendary event, usually concerning some being, hero or event.

Together with your student, research some of the most famous hero-based myths: Casey Jones, Paul Bunyon, Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill. Which ones were based on a real person? Which ones were purely myth. What are some of the myths or tall tales associated with these four famous names? Can you think of other myths? Perhaps your children would enjoy making up a myth of their own in the form of a story, song or play.

You might research some of the famous names from Greek and Roman mythology: Achilles, Apollo, Zeus, Hermes, Hercules, Atlas and Zeus. It’s important for children to be familiar with at least the most famous of the mythological “gods and goddesses” by the time they’re in high school as part of a well-rounded education. To find themselves in college and have absolutely no idea what a professor is talking about when he refers to a “a Herculean task” or “carrying the load of Atlas”  or someone having an “Achilles heel” will put them at a distinct disadvantage!

2 Timothy 4:4

Acts 14: 12-13


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