Who represents the “Home School Police?” I believe they are a fictitious group of people to enforce the made-up rules that govern homeschooling. You know, the rules that “they” decided were necessary to becoming a stellar homeschooler. The rules that cause enormous stress in trying to follow.
You know how the joke goes…”Oh you can not do that, alter that, change that…the Home School Police might bring you up on charges.”
Rules the Home School Police follow:
Rule Number 1
Homeschool must occur during the hours of 8:00am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Failure to comply will result in citation from the Home School Police.
I have yet to school during those hours. We school at different times of the day and even on Saturday. Hours fluctuate based on the needs of the schedule. I believe this is one of the perks of homeschool, control of the schedule. Not only that but it is okay to be done school by noon! Offer my kids a field trip in the afternoon and they fly through their lessons.
Rule Number 2
All homeschool must look same, use the same books, and run on the same schedule. Same, same, same it is what the Home School police expect. Okay this one gets me in a lot of trouble. My husband often pleads with me to just acknowledge the box exists. If you have connections with the Home School Police do not run a report on me, I am pretty sure I am a repeat offender.
Rule Number 3
I must teach every subject and fill every gap by the end of the year. I have got to prove to all the negative on-lookers that my kids are learning and this method works. I know some of family will call the Home School Police personally and report me! Yikes, this is a tough one. I have a list of people who deserve my progress reports and negative people are not on the list.
Rule Number 4
Every history program must include a time line. If your children do not complete a timeline then you will receive a citation from the Home School Police.
Really, I have homeschooled 13 years and have yet to complete one. Your children can still obtain a stellar education without a completed time line on their transcripts. Time lines are tools, one of many to use in teaching. Of course if you find them top of your list to complete, I know some great time line resources.
I do not know why I am picking on history, but choose a different subject and you still have the same rule. I could mention how I am NOT teaching proofs when I teach geometry this year.
Maybe it is time to take a step back and learn about police.
Sadly there are many reasons “The Real Police” might interfere with homeschooling so I support HSLDA and those who protect homeschool rights.
I think I am going to change my iPhone hotspot name to Home School Police.
Then secretly attend homeschool functions and see if anyone notices my network.
It’s your homeschool…construct the best situation for teaching your kids. Really, it’s okay. Do not let the seriousness of taking on the responsibility of teaching your children kill all the joy of learning.