Here Are 7 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Joe and Nicole Naugler

Did you hear about the Kentucky off-the-grid homesteaders who allegedly had their ten children taken away because they were homeschooling? If not, you’ll probably hear about it soon, it’s rapidly going viral.

As the outrage machine kicks into high gear, here are seven important things you should know.

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To parents I say, above all else, don’t let your home become some terrible miniature copy of the school. No lesson plans! No quizzes! No tests! No report cards! Even leaving your kids alone would be better; at least they could figure out some things on their own. Live together, as well as you can; enjoy life together, as much as you can.
—  John Holt

I just bitched out a lady in Starbucks for 10 minutes while everyone in there watched because she told my sister that, “well, you LOOK homeschooled.” When I asked why (because my sister actually is homeschooled due to anxiety and depression-related issues), she said that meant “not classy.” Long story short, I got applause at the end when I told her I was honored that my sister was being taught by someone who instilled the lesson in her that not all adults are right and not all children are wrong, that wisdom and maturity could be present at any age, and that she damn right didn’t possess it.

love-and-pineapples-deactivated asked:

What are the challenges of homeschooling?

Admitting to yourself that your children have weaknesses academically, and your job is a teacher is to get them to learn and love to learn at their own pace, understanding that may mean they are “behind” or “ahead” in subjects compared to the average child. Knowing their best is their best period, and true effort is A worthy, not perfection and memorization because neither of those skills are as necessary as the ability to be comfortable getting a wrong answer, because a wrong answer doesn’t mean the world is over, but it is an opportunity to learn and be creative.

The second challenge would be facing the daily criticism from others who assure you that your a crazy paranoid mother, because you don’t trust a government or private organization to teach your children. I don’t understand why people believe that learning can only be done in the classroom. Learning is sitting in a tree with a book, in a warm corner with a blanket and a cup of tea, laughing at a table with family and friends. Knowledge is also beyond measurable academics, and a person should be free to pursue more then just what a state test can measure.

Sometimes as a parent, in all honesty, it is difficult to accept their passions are not your own-that is until you watch them find their own, see the joy in their smile when they pursue what lights their heart so brightly it warms those around them.

The biggest criticism of all would be the belief that some how homeschooling will keep them from proper “socialization”. As if an institution on lock down with strict time blocks of education, meals, and limited free time, intentional sex and age segregation, unintentional class and race segregation, could some how “properly socialize” people for the “real world”. I keep hearing how homeschoolers are “weird” but I would like to know what weird looks like. Is it noncomformity? Is it suppression of character? Maybe they are weird, but they aren’t afraid to be themselves, and they aren’t afraid to love.

I hope that they grow in their God given gifts and abilities, I hope that this education I give them encourages them to pursue love, peace, and joy.

The most difficult part of all, and yet the most joyful, will be watching them leave to pursue such things.

God be with you!

When I tell people that my home schooling is way easier than when I went to public school, people often think I’m slacking, but I don’t really think learning should be all that difficult. Yeah, Its hard sometimes because I’m teaching myself AP world history and Algebra 2, but I don’t have to do worthless busy work and most of all I don’t sit staring at the clock waiting for school to end.I often find myself hoping I have more time to do school work because i actually enjoy learning. I think the biggest thing is that I’m not stressed and I can be a person. Ill always stress over important things like SAT scores and college applications, but i’m not stressing over how a paper I didn’t finish because I was puking up my guts could ruin my final grade and continue on to worry about it affecting my transcript. The public school system makes people hate learning and that’s not something I want to go through again. I am much happier and smarter and well rounded now that I have started teaching myself. Being happy is the most important part.

I'm a homeschool advocate

Homeschooling no longer consist of mothers around the kitchen table with their kids.

It’s a web of connections between different organizations and individuals in the community. For instance, the kids meet with an enginerr once a week for science lessons, a math professor for math, they go to an art studio to work on a piece, etc. All at their own pace and in a loving environment.

I can’t wait to be a mom. I’m gonna be gonna cute and I’m happy to know this option exist in educating my kids.

#DefendTheDuggars (Sort of)

I’ve said it before on social media and I’ll say it again here. The mocking of Duggar children is not something I can get behind. Criticize the Duggar parents for what they’re doing to their children, criticize Jim Bob, Michelle, and Josh for their anti-LGBT activism, that’s fair game. Mocking the kids isn’t.

Kids like the Duggars, who aren’t being given a real education (you don’t get a real education from ATI Wisdom Booklets), who aren’t allowed college, and who aren’t even allowed a single private conversation with someone of the opposite sex until they’re married, are the ones I’m trying to help. 

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