How Do You Measure Success in a Homeschooled Child?

I am going to tell you 24 things about my daughter…

1.  She is a dual citizen — holds a both a British and an American passport.

2.  She has been to France, Costa Rica, Holland (twice), and England (six times).

3.  She was in an Australian magazine when she was 8 months old.                                                (Smocking & Embroidery Magazine, Issue 84, p. 56)

4.  She was in British magazine when she was 4.                                                                          (Om Yoga Magazine, September, 2012, p. 89.)

5.  She is in Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables (2012) & the upcoming Copy-Kids Eat More        Fruits and Vegetables (due out Fall 2013).

6.  She is the reason that Copy-Kids exists.

7.  She’s been to Burning Man (4 times).

8.  She has taken horseback riding lessons. 

9.  She has been whale watching.

10.  She has taken dance lessons.

11.  She owns 309 books (I counted) and we have read each one to her several times.

12.  She has interesting toys & art materials… is constantly engaged in imaginative play or art.

13.  She loves animals.

14.  She is not afraid of bees or bugs.

15.  She loves to climb trees.

16.  She has a keen memory.

17.  She plays well with others.

18.  She has many friends.

19.  She sings spontaneously.

20.  She laughs.

21.  She is healthy.

22.  She is thriving.

23.  She is a nice child, a sweet child, a wholesome child with a dash of the devil.

24.  She knows her letters and numbers. (The only means that people seem to use for                      measuring success in a young child.)

Why am I telling you all this?  Because I have experienced criticism from people close to me for my recent last-minute decision to homeschool my daughter.  I feel like I am under a daily progress microscope from certain concerned individuals.   This got me questioning…  Should homeschooled children be measured in the same way as their traditionally schooled counterparts?  Or should the metrics be broader?   So I thought I would reach out to neutral persons to weigh-in…

She is 5.  Do you think she is falling behind?

How Do You Measure Success in a Homeschooled Child?

Cai Dixon is a mom and co-creator of Copy-Kids. Copy-Kids makes video content encouraging positive habits in young children by encouraging them to copy other kids. Their debut release is a DVD entitled Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables. In it you’ll find children joyfully eating fruits and vegetables. Kids watching it want to join in. It’s that simple. And it’s effective. Find them at Copy-Kids.


  1. StudyAtHome says:

    Trust your gut, Mama. It isn’t a race. (Or at least it shouldn’t be.) Your daughter seems to be doing fine. There are plenty of homeschooling programs out there. Here are a few Waldorf inspired programs to look into: Enjoy this opportunity, and don’t worry so much about what others think. This is your child. You only get to raise her once. Best of luck & have fun!

  2. May I suggest that you find some other like-minded parents in your neighborhood? I’m sure you can do a google search and find some homeschooling groups. It might help you to have some support from other mothers on the same path. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to agree with your choice. I’m sure anyone concerned really cares about your daughter — focus on that — all the love surrounding her. It may not feel like love, but know that it is. I think things will smooth out once you progress and people see that your daughter is doing well. In peace — Joy