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I have asked myself this same questions. My kids are awesome and each has God-given talents that are amazing. But all four of my children are not homeschool, "book smart" geniuses. They are intelligent in their own God-given way. We often make the mistake of thinking that a child is smart only if they excel academically. That is a wrong way of thinking about "smart" and is harmful to the child. A great book on this topic is 8 Great Smarts by Kath Koch.
The following article by Erica from Enriching Minds is encouraging to us moms with "average kids".
In nearly 20 years of homeschooling I have certainly heard an abundance of absolute BALONEY about the wonders of home education.
We’ve all seen the articles about families with a dozen homeschooled children that have all somehow turned out to be child prodigies and geniuses that are graduating from college.
All kinds of kids are homeschooled. Smart ones. Struggling ones. Geniuses. Kids with learning disabilities. Kids that like to hang out with their mom all day, and ones that seem to hate everybody and everything. Kids that pick their nose. Kids that like to volunteer at animal shelters. Kids that enjoy reading books, and kids that would rather play Guitar Hero for 12 hours straight. (cough, cough) Kids that memorize Bible verses, and kids that talk back to their parents. Kids that take up a vegan lifestyle, and kids that want to eat candy and soda all day.
Yes, it’s true. There are lots and lots of homeschoolers, and they are not.....
You can read the rest of Erica's article here
Enjoying the journey,
Michelle Osborn the founder and owner Yellow House Book Rental, a service to homeschool families. She is a 20-year homeschool veteran of four, two married, one in college, and one teenager at home.
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