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What Are the Drawbacks to Homeschooling?

What are the drawbacks to homeschooling? Well, there are three that come to mind. The first is isolation. Now when I say isolation is a drawback, I don’t mean homeschoolers will isolate, rather I mean there’s a temptation in the structure of the game; it is easy for a family to get enmeshed and isolated with a “compound mentality.” Isolation is not healthy, but it is a common drawback that you want to consider and avoid.

The second drawback is related to the first; friendships. In time, it’s also unhelath if there’s not an opportunity outside of the family to connect with others, especially kids of similar ages and interests. Over and over again, we encouraged friendships through scouting, extracurricular classes, and sports. There are a lot of ways to do it, like group situations and even church. You want to be careful to understand that your kids need the opportunity to engage with other people to develop friendships, so be wise and look around for good families.

The third drawback to homeschooling is conflict. Not so much conflict but learning how to handle conflicts and resolve them. Families often are too similar to provide this kind of learning. It’s not about battles with other people, but more differences around an idea or a thought that comes with debate and interaction. So if your kids get to interact with other ideas and other people, that allows them to refine their understanding, their logic, their worldview clearer and cleaner. In this way they grow ready to better encounter people in life.

So there are three essential drawbacks in homeschooling; isolation, friendships, and handling conflicts well. In my opinion, I don’t think academics is a drawback. I don’t think socialization is one either. I don’t think any of the things that are commonly thrown out there are all that much of an issue; even with college, homeschoolers do really pretty phenomenally well.

-Fred Ray Lybrand

A video of these thoughts is available here on YouTube

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The Ultimate Skill for the Educated

There are many skills that are important for learning and becoming educated. Obviously there is communication, and of course, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic (the Three R’s). One of all of these stands out as the most strategic or leveraged. Please don’t miss making this skill the first-and-last focus of all your homeschooling.

Fred Ray Lybrand

The Real Reason We Have Communication Problems

Most of us think communication is difficult because we don’t know how to say it right. Except for the problem of the curse on communication (see Genesis 11), the REAL REASON is about our behavior, even more than our words. Here’s a quick explanation that could change everything!

Fred Ray Lybrand​​

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Want to Harm Writing? Teach it the Traditional Way!

Frankly, we know, the more we teach kids to obsess on correctness in grammar and writing…the worse they write and the less motivated they are (oh no…did I end with a verb thingy?).

If you want to grow a fine writer, then help them find their voice. Here’s a starter kit of the point!

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool

Homeschoolers: It’s a Time in History to Learn to Communicate

 

The essential point of communication is to AIM AT MEANING. Most of the mess we are in comes from others ‘telling people’ what they mean, rather than finding out for sure. This short video explains the problem and what to change for the better.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand

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