​7 Things Michelle Duggar Can Teach Us About Homeschooling

michelle duggar tlcWith some parents these days feeling torn between paying through the nose to send their kids to private school or dealing with the challenges of budget cuts and other government red tape related to public school, homeschool may begin to sound like an appealing alternative. Of course, it can be daunting to think about where to begin, so many parents reach out to others who've taken their child's education into their own hands.

For some solid advice on how to do it right, look no further than Michelle Duggar. Yep, the reality star mom of 19 Kids and Counting is also a veteran advocate of homeschooling. Here, seven things you can learn from Michelle about teaching your kiddo under your own roof ...

  1. Remember that you can cater to your child's needs. What may be seen as a huge benefit of homeschooling is a parent's ability to zero in on their child's specific learning needs. Michelle prepares and personalizes each child's curriculum to help cater to their requirements as a student.
  2. Set the stage for school time. As Michelle explained to Alpha Omega Publications, the organization from which the Duggars purchase their homeschool curricula for grades 3 through 12: "We have a schoolroom/playroom with lockers and storage bins for each child. Plus, computer stations are set up throughout the house for individual learning study."
  3. Know when to have fun. Michelle notes that when she started with her son, Josh, and her first twins, Jana Marie and John David, she was "chomping at the bit" to get started and buy tons of heavy-duty guides and resources. But the best advice she got from a veteran home school mom was to "just have fun" for the first year. "We’d play phonics games, and we’d play Go Fish and learn the names of these letters and the sounds," explains Duggar on her blog.
  4. Standardized testing still applies. Not every kid excels at standardized tests, but honing the skills necessary to take them or using them as a learning tool can be helpful, even at home. Michelle has each child -- from third grade through ninth grade -- do a standardized test in May. "We’ll celebrate with ice cream after they finish. That’s a big milestone every year!" she writes. And once they finish their high school education, they take the GED test. "I like them to do it because it’s good for them to have that certificate. That’s their equivalent of finishing their high school education."
  5. Consider field trips. Homeschooling doesn't have to mean being stuck indoors all day, every day with your kids. As part of their curriculum, Michelle takes her children on special educational field trips as a family. 
  6. Get your kids involved outside of the home. You can easily facilitate opportunities for kids to socialize with their peers by encouraging volunteer work or other similar activities. The Duggar kids, for instance, are involved in homeschooling organizations in their area.
  7. Impart to them that learning doesn't have to be limited to their school years. One of the common themes Michelle teaches her children: "I want my kids to never stop learning. There are opportunities to learn everywhere." What's not to love about that?

How do you feel about homeschooling?

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We do homeschool my son. We get the, "your child is so social" backhanded compliment. Well, duh. He is out in the world every day, around all types of folks. Socialization is NOT dropping kids off with children their exact age 7-8 hours a day or more. I always laugh at that thought.

the4m... the4mutts

I love home schooling my kids. We're on our first year, but it has just been so fun, and enriching for our whole family!

They have learned so much, so quickly.

I think we enjoy it so much, because these tips are similar to the ones our kid's "teacher" gave us when we met her. (Mine do online home school, and have a home room teacher that helps schedule, motivate, and assists us as learning coaches)

We're pretty laid back about it, but we started turning everything into a learning opportunity. Cooking, walking, shopping... it's FUN, and the kids have fallen in love with learning.

Katha... Katharine205

I have only one child so I'm able to keep her in private school (where she's thriving so I won't rock the boat).  I have cousins who grew up homeschooled though and I've known plenty of kids growing up who where homeschooled, my experience has been that mothers who homeschool their children tend to be a little more vested in their children's education.  It must take a lot of commitment and patience to homeschool, I greatly admire those who do.

the4m... the4mutts

Katherine- that was a very kind thing to say. It's refreshing to hear someone who doesn't homeschool, support others that make a decision that they, themselves haven't made. You sound like a genuinely good person.

Sisi Smith

In the right circumstance Homeschooling is a great option. But, Michelle Duggar is a terrible example to follow. None of her children ever went to college, and with the exception of Josh none has a job or has left the house. Even then Josh got a job with a known hate group, FRC, and only due to his d-list celebrity status from the show. The other "children" are unlicensed midwives (which is a far cry from the certified/licensed medical professionals) and random other physical jobs that aren't going to support a family. The Duggars homeschool to isolate their children, not to educate them. Why not pick a successful homeschooling family and profile them instead of these fame mongers?

shutu... shuturpiehole

I love home schooling my son, and he is totally thriving from i. He had major delays and issues in kindergarten, and now that I am homeschooling for 1st grade, he is at a 3rd grade level already!

Kristen Vojacek Clark

I really don't need to learn anything from any Duggar thankyouverymuch. They are not homeschooling to educate. They are homeschooling to brainwash. 

gstaley gstaley

We are homeschooling our daughter this year and we have definitely have had our ups and downs with it.  Overall, I feel like she has done very well and excelling.

Sondra Green

I think homeschooling is a terrific idea and I would LOVE to do it! I'm a little bummed though, I'm a single mother and have to work 2+ jobs to take care of my daughter and I. I commend you moms that get the opportunity to do this for your child.

Jammi... Jammie209

I have 3 smart, compassionate, beautiful daughters. I have seriously thoroughly about homeschooling them. My youngest daughter seems to be getting most from our public school system. My middle daughter is in 4th grade & is extremely gifted. Even though she's already in the "smart" classes & I'm Excel, our schools name for gifted & talented, she seems extremely bored. As for my oldest daughter, she's a freshman in high school. Grade wise she does pretty good even though she has to work for her grades. Unfortunately, it's the non-academic things that come with being in high school we're having issues with. The drama that goes along with being a 15 year old girl. I have considered either home schooling her or enrolling her in an online school, I just don't know how to go about it. From the people I personally know to the wonderful women on CM, I am slowly learning what I would have to do. I find most parents that home school their kids are doing an amazing job. Keep up the great work ladies :o)

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