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What I Thought of Being Homeschooled (Honestly)

18 Jun

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When I say homeschooling, what immediately comes to your mind? Something like this?

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Or this?

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What about this?

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Think we do this all day?

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I was enrolled in public school in preschool, but God had convicted the hearts of my parents to keep me home. So, I was in public school for one day, but I have never been to public school. πŸ™‚ It’s actually somewhat of a miracle that Mom and Dad had even considered homeschooling. First of all, they, like everybody else, had not truly seen what homeschooling looked like and had seen some bad examples. Second, both of their parents were heavily involved in the public schools. My mom’s mom was a teacher and very involved in PTA. Mom was one of the first members of the junior PTA board in the country. My dad’s mom worked in the court system and was involved in prosecuting homeschoolers.

When Mom and Dad said that they were going to be homeschooling their kids, everybody pretty much considered my socialization as have being thrown out the window. It is true that I was always shy, but that doesn’t mean I’m not social. To be honest, homeschoolers are some of the most social creatures! How many public schooled kids do you know that can carry on a full conversation with an adult and not get bored? What about public schoolers who are willing to sit down with a toddler and play Barbies or Rescue Heroes? Shy and anti-social are two different things. I just happen to be an introvert. It has nothing to do with being homeschooled, because I have siblings who are very outgoing.

Questions I always hated…
“You don’t have any friends your age?” My answer: “I have some, but most of my friends are older than me and more mature. Isn’t it better that way?”
“Why aren’t you in school?” My answer: “I’m homeschooled.”
“Do you need an excuse for today?” My answer: “Nope.” (Then they give me a funny look…)
“Do you really go to school in your pajamas?” My answer: “Not usually.”
“Don’t you want a locker?” (Okay, seriously? I could care less. But I did want a backpack…)
“What grade are you in?” My answer: “I don’t know.”

Speaking of grades. That was always a source of irritation. First of all, you never know what grade you’re in! When you’re in public or private school, you’re in the same grade in every subject. Unless you were good enough at one subject to become an Honor student. One of the blessings of homeschooling is that you can be in a higher grade if you are better at a subject or a lower one if you struggle. That means though, that you never really know what grade you’re in. Second, I didn’t like grades because for instance, I was/am terrible at math. Most of the time, my younger brother was in a higher grade of math than me. That kind of put me down. A couple years before I graduated we really ditched grades. I wish we had done that sooner.

It’s kind of funny, because since my parents were so public school minded, they thought school had to look like a class room. Mom didn’t know this until last year, but my dad had gone so for as to looking into buying school desks for us. School doesn’t have to look like that! In fact, whenever we were told we HAD to sit somewhere for schoolwork, especially somewhere like a table, it was a lot harder to concentrate! When we got to sit where we wanted, like, the couch, or our beds, school was a lot easier and a lot less stressful. My sister would literally be upside down on the couch. Mom would get upset with her because it looked like she was goofing off. Recently, however, we realized she’s dyslexic. Being upside down was actually better for her than being upside right.

Have I ever wanted to go to public school? No. There were a few times I thought it’d be okay to go just one day to see what it’s like. But I never asked Mom if I could go, or even thought about it. It did not sound fun. Not to mention the fact that they do several hours of school a day and I only did 2-4 hours. And the teacher wouldn’t be able to help me with my math. Did you know that parents who send their kids to school lose roughly 6 years of their child’s life? Why would anybody want that? Not to mention the fact of the influences in their life? The teachers have more influence than the parent. Then there’s bullies, drugs and shootings, and nobody is allowed to conceal and carry to protect anybody.

My favorite subjects were writing, history (especially Revolutionary War era) and spelling.
My least favorites were science, language arts, math and geography.

My favorite curriculums (Please note that I am a visual learner and these materials may not work as well for other learning styles.):

Math:
Teaching Textbooks

Science:
Apologia

Language Arts:
Total Language Plus

Spelling:
ACSI

History:
Mystery of History

For anybody who is wondering, I did graduate. πŸ˜‰ I graduated in a formal graduation and I do have a diploma.
I am not going to college. I am not of the belief that everyone has to go to college. I am learning how to be a home maker in preparation for marriage. And I am socialized. Yes, I will homeschool my kids and am thankful that Mom and Dad homeschooled me. I believe they made the right choice.

If anyone has any questions for me, feel free to ask. πŸ™‚

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Just For Fun

 

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7 responses to “What I Thought of Being Homeschooled (Honestly)

  1. Tirzah

    June 20, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Great post, Country Girl! I always struggled with the grade question too. πŸ™‚

     
  2. The Proverbs 31 Sanctuary

    June 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I quite enjoyed your post, thank you πŸ™‚ Tara (One Faithful Arrow)

     
  3. Ruth Hamilton

    June 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Your blog is superb! You are wonderful writer! I was homechooled too, can’t tell you when I graduated because no one does graduate in New Zealand. We just leave, and honestly, I’m not entirely sure I have left……. Now there’s a worrying thought! Your writing is so fresh and lively. I shall be following your posts most keenly πŸ˜€

     
    • Country Girl

      June 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you Ruth! That is wonderful to read. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind thoughts.

       
  4. auntiejl

    June 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    As a mom, I can understand the desire to homeschool. As the daughter of an educator, it concerns me. Not so much on the socialization aspect; there are too many homeschool leagues these days for that to be a concern.

    My concerns about homeschooling revolve more around the things that teachers are trained to notice about their students…things that parents are not trained for, things that won’t set off alarm bells that something is wrong, things that parents will simply just miss because they don’t know they need to be looking for it. The odds of a parent identifying a learning disability are slim. Visual acuity changes are not necessarily noticed as quickly by parents.

    I considered homeschooling my three kids for about two seconds, and discarded the idea. Not because I think homeschooling is of de Debbil; I don’t. I have cousins who were all homeschooled and are now in college and beyond, and doing well for themselves. I have friends who are homeschooling their kids, and they’re some of the best kids I know: well-rounded, kind, fun, generous, loving. My friends have done well there.

    I chose not to homeschool because my oldest daughter has a severe language delay. I can’t give her the help she needs, and our public school is equipped for that. They have a speech therapist on staff. They have a school counselor. The teachers there know what signs to look for when it comes to learning disabilities. My daughter may have them. I don’t know how to diagnose them. I don’t know how to treat them. I don’t know what needs to be done to tailor her education to the best style of learning. The teachers and the specialists employed by the school do. The school nurse, in an annual vision screening, alerted us to the fact that my daughter needed glasses. We didn’t know.

    I understand the concerns about violence in schools, what the curriculum is teaching, class sizes and student/teacher ratios. It’s a scary world. But learning doesn’t stop when school ends, whether you homeschool or not.

    It’s a fine choice for those who can do it. But I guess what I’m saying is that all options should be carefully considered. You have to choose what’s really best for your child. In my case, since all three of my girls had developmental delays, we chose to put them in public school, so that my oldest could get the help she needed and that the resources were there if my twins needed them.

    I’m glad your homeschooling experience went so well!

     
    • Kelly Cain

      June 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      I had a very different experience, Auntiejl. 2 of my kids have special needs, and my mommy radar was right on. I knew there was a problem, had it checked out, and off to therapies we go. We have found that I can educate my children best, as I know them best and know their “issues” or struggles best. I have found that parents are far better at detecting “something is wrong” than teachers. It becomes a question of whether the parent does anything about it or not. My concern with public school is when kids are taken out of class for therapy, it can disrupt their learning during class time. And, I can spend the extra time needed for my kids to read or complete an assignment when teachers have to keep things moving. As for therapies, we have found that my kids get more time needed for therapy without disrupting learning during the day, and the facilities have more resources available than the “travelling therapist”. I’m glad public school is working out for your daughters, but please keep in mind that parents of special needs kids can educate their children just fine. Most public school teachers, btw, are not trained for special needs children, nor do they have the right teaching resources for these children. That is a separate training. This is just my experience. Homeschooling works for us just fine, and my kids are flourishing beautifully.

       
      • auntiejl

        June 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        I’m so glad to hear that! It’s great that you were able to pinpoint the problems right away. Not every mom can.

        My point about teachers was not so much that they are trained for special needs kids, but that they are trained to look for signs of learning disabilities. My mom taught elementary school for more than 30 years, and she was able to spot a lot of disabilities before the parents knew there was anything wrong. Yes, the average classroom teacher isn’t specially trained for special-ed students. There are teachers who specialize in that for a reason.

        I know my opinions are colored by my experiences, and what I’ve learned through my mom, who was very good at discovering kids’ problems and referring them to specialists within their school districts. I also spent most of my educational years in a private Christian school, where I know the teachers cared, and they had a dedicated lab just for those kids who needed extra help due to learning disabilities.

        Please understand, I’m not saying that homeschooling is wrong. It can be an amazing tool for educating your children. I’m not against it. I just have some reservations, and based on my kids’ needs, I made the choice for public education.

        Plus, I freely admit that I don’t have the patience to homeschool my kids. πŸ˜€

         

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