Homeschooling is sometimes exciting and sometimes a hard slog. So often, it is fun and easy, but so often, it is hard and tiresome. Many of these homeschool quotes mirror these thoughts. Some are inspiring, and some give great insight into the life of a homeschool parent. Others exhibit the ironies of home education, representing the benefits in a thoughtful manner.
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Encouraging Homeschool Quotes
If you ever feel discouraged on your home education journey, you should know you’re not alone. However, many beautiful things about homeschooling can encourage you, as you’ll see in the quotes below.
Homeschooling is not something to be endured until the children are sent off to college. It is a lifestyle to be embraced and enjoyed.” – Unknown
It’s such a joy to be home with my children, to have the opportunity to really know them and what they are learning, and to help facilitate their learning in ways that work best for each of them. – Wendy Woerner
Homeschoolers disprove the common idea that parents and siblings cannot be good friends. – Rebbecca Devitt
Most people think you have to give up so much to homeschool…in reality, you gain so much more! – SimplyLivingforHim.com
Homeschooled children benefit the community because they are not shaped by peers but by parents. – Mary Kay Clark
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. – Corrie Ten Boom
What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn’t a school at all. – John Holt
When home-education is placed in its proper place, seen as a gift, a blessing, a tool, an act of stewardship, and when it is embraced in humility, it is a lovely thing. – Dawn Gregg, Dangerous
Funny Homeschool Quotes
Home education comes with its unique peculiarities and quirks, which can be so strange they make us laugh at times. These funny homeschool quotes exhibit how unusual and exceptional homeschooling can be:
I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas. – Agatha Christie
And how was your homeschool prom with your brother? – Unknown
Thank goodness I was never sent to school: it would have rubbed off some of the originality. – Beatrix Potter
Funny Homeschool Mom Quotes
What happens when you cross a mother with a teacher? You get a homeschool mom! The following quotes show the unusual position some moms find themselves in when they begin home educating.
So if I put the kids in daycare and work, I’ll bring home exactly $56 after paying for daycare…yeah, that sounds worth it. – Unknown author
It’s not my credentials that qualify me to teach my child. It’s my God who made me qualified when he made me a Mom! – Tamara L. Chilver
A teaching degree is to homeschooling as a culinary degree is to grandma’s cooking…it just can’t touch the love, care, and personal standard that only she can stir in. – Dawn Shelton
I homeschool because I have seen the village, and I don’t want it raising my kids. – Unknown
Even though I was talking to myself, I am not crazy. I’m a homeschool mom, and that was just a parent-teacher conference. – Unknown author
The first real lesson I learned as a homeschool teacher is that … it’s the students that lead the way. – Patti Armstrong
I prefer to make those [educational] choices myself. Not because I think I know ‘better’ than all those professional educators, but I do think I know my own children best and consequently which programs and methods would benefit them. Homeschooling is not about rejecting other people and things; it’s about making personal and positive choices for your own family. – Mariette Ulrich.
Dads also have much to say about home education. I wanted to share one from an interview I did with my husband recently called, What My Husband Really Thinks About Homeschooling:
Homeschooling might raise a few eyebrows, and that’s okay. – Tristan Devitt
Homeschool Graduation Quote
[H]ome-schooled students can successfully adapt emotionally, interpersonally, and academically to their first and most challenging semester in college. That is probably because, having had the consistent teaching and support of a family and a community, they have developed strengths and convictions that provide a bridge over the troubled waters of a multitude of challenges and temptations. – Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Quotes about Homeschool and Public School
Many parents begin home educating due to their opposition to public school or their realization that their children aren’t learning as well as they might at home. These quotes exhibit the thoughts homeschool vs. public school education.
When people ask about the socialization thing in homeschooling, I ask them about the peer pressure thing in school. – Rebecca Devitt
Homeschooling isn’t about isolating children, though it is about sheltering to a degree. Those of us who homeschool are fighting baptism by fire – we’re seeking incremental growth for our children at the right developmental speed. We pull them out of school because the institution doesn’t do that, no matter how talented or hard-working the educational team is. Children face an immediate push toward sameness and conformity. – Ginny Kochis
If homeschoolers are awkward around others (and many are not), it’s sometimes because they’re unsure how to act around immature school children. – Rebbecca Devitt.
When my kids were at home, they were content with each other’s company. But, as soon as they went back to school, they wanted to socialize with kids their own age and lost their skills at getting along with others of all ages. – Fiona, Homeschool Mom quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
Homeschooling is important when we want to move beyond damage control of bullying and sexual harassment to develop sound moral principles and talents in our children. – Rebbecca Devitt, Why on Earth Homeschool.
You could argue that if homeschoolers didn’t get the same test scores as public school students, it would be okay because high academic scores aren’t what many homeschool moms are aiming for. But they do, and their test scores surpass public school students on almost every test! – Rebecca Devitt
Homeschooling allows children to develop their own creativity and not be stifled by mass education. – Fay Robertson, quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
As school progressed, I noticed my oldest child began to harden more. He wasn’t listening to me anywhere near as much as he used to, and I had less influence. We guessed peers were the ones replacing our influence. It was definitely not the teachers’ influence – because the kids were coming home with things the teachers wouldn’t do, such as being naughty. And that’s why we homeschooled. – Bill Hesford quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
I would always have to fight for social acceptance at school – and I would do just about anything to get it. When I was homeschooled, my insecurities were overcome by parental love. – Joshua Hesford quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
There can be no doubt school hours has little to do with academic results. This is certainly true when looking at homeschoolers. Many homeschooling families spend only a few short hours in formal academic study. Yet, homeschoolers from all over the world consistently outperform their school peers. Rebbecca Devitt, Why on Earth Homeschool.
Education Starts at Home Quote
Some people recognize that education starts at home. These quotes exhibit various people’s thoughts on this subject:
Education begins at home. You can’t blame the school for not putting into your child what you don’t put into him. – Geoffrey Holder
Education begins at home, and I applaud the parents who recognize that they – not someone else – must take responsibility to ensure their children are well educated. – Ernest Istook
What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn’t a school at all.” – John Holt
Critical thinking and the ability to think sideways are also fostered at home effectively. These homeschool quotes get at the truth of this fact:
If you put fleas in a shallow container, they jump out. But if you put a lid on the container for just a short time, they hit the lid trying to escape and learn quickly not to jump so high. They give up their quest for freedom. After the lid is removed, the fleas remain imprisoned by their own self-policing. So it is with life. Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations. – John Taylor Gatto
All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. – Walter Scott
Christian Quotes about Homeschool
As a Christian, I enjoyed these Christian quotes about homeschooling because they have helped me put a biblical worldview around my homeschooling philosophy:
An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the ancient Greek sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts, soul is neglected. – Thomas Moore
[Kids] need more work with you (the parents), fewer toys, more service for others, less sports and amusements (which tend to put self before others), more self-control, patriotism, productiveness, and responsibility. In short, they need guidance along the path to self-worth as children of God. Parents and home, undiluted, usually do these things best. – Dorothy and Raymond Moore
You must pray…without prayer, all the schooling in the world will not produce the effect God wants homeschooling to give. – John Hardon
Homeschool Socialization Quotes
Given the most significant issue (and objection) to homeschooling comes out of people’s misplaced worries about home not giving rise to a decent social environment, many quotes from homeschooling advocates tackle the issue with wit and joy. These homeschool socialization quotes show that homeschools have no more to worry about than public schools when it comes to socialization!
‘I’ve never met a homeschool mom (who home educated for more than a couple of years) who regretted her decision. But, I’ve met plenty of moms who have regretted sending their children to school.’ – Rebbecca Devitt, Why on Earth Homeschool
‘My kids were much better at getting along with people of all ages when they were homeschooled and were able to be cheerful and outgoing in public and get along with their peers and friends. They learned to interact with the world in a much more real way than being expected only to know how to communicate with other kids their age.’ – Jenny Allen quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
Don’t worry about socialization. Wherever people congregate, there is going to be interaction, socialization.” Where is it written that it needs to be in schools? – Mary Kay Clark
‘We agree that we want our children to be properly socialized; that’s why we homeschool. Homeschooling enables the kids to socialize properly. They grow up with people all day long and grow up with people in their homes, with people down the street and in the supermarkets. That’s why they’re well socialized.’- William and Susan McAulay, Homeschooling Parents quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
Homeschoolers are in the minority. Those in the minority will always be a little weird. The chances are good that if school children were in the minority, they would be seen as odd. – Rebbecca Devitt quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
Thank goodness I was never sent to school: it would have rubbed off some of the originality. – Beatrix Potter
Our kids found it difficult to relate to school children because of their different maturity levels. When they came back from the youth group, their comment was, ‘The kids talk about rubbish all the time.’ The school children’s excitement for the day was what our kids thought was rubbish. – Steven and Barbara Fraser quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
To be sure, socializing plays a part in rendering a child capable of proper social integration, but only as a finishing touch…The real challenge is helping children grow to the point where they can benefit from their socializing experiences. – Neufeld, G and Maté, G. quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
By putting on a mask, by acting much more stupid and incompetent than they really are, by denying their rulers [or teachers] the full use of their intelligence and ability, by declaring their minds and spirits free of their enslaved bodies. – John Holt quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
Because the issue of homeschooling socialization tends to be overblown, homeschooling parents are very alive to the potential pitfalls of failing to socialize their children. – Rebbecca Devitt quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
Critics of homeschooling believe homeschoolers are inept at socializing with people of different races and backgrounds. They say homeschoolers are given an incomplete social education at home. However, their alternative, public school, is not always a haven of diversity. Many schools have people who think alike and are of the same ethnic and socio-economic background. – Rebbecca Devitt quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
Other Quotes about Homeschool
I trust my parents more than I trust anyone else. Even as a teenager, I respected and valued their input. My sisters are also my best friends. When I was 13, many of my school friends talked about how much they hated their siblings, particularly their sisters. I remember thinking that was sad. I didn’t understand why they hated them because, to me, sisters were friends that I lived with. Emily-Jane Fraser quoted in Why on Earth Homeschool.
Homeschoolers are in the minority. Those in the minority will always be a little weird. The chances are good that if school children were in the minority, they would be seen as odd. Rebbecca Devitt, Why on Earth Homeschool: The Case for Christian Homeschooling.
Homeschoolers happily speak with more ease and poise because they don’t fear adults as authority figures. Their authority figures were always their loving parents, teachers, and often their best friends; if your best friend is your teacher and authority figure, education is less stressful. – Rebbecca Devitt, Why on Earth Homeschool: The Case for Christian Homeschooling.
Conclusion: Homeschool Quotes
I hope you’ve enjoyed these homeschooling quotes. The purpose of a page like this is to encourage you in your homeschooling journey and remind you that home education is a great way to teach children while maintaining their inherent love of learning. I hope you found the quotes above funny and, most of all, inspiring.