When I say homeschooling, what immediately comes to your mind? Something like this?
What about this?
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. 🙂 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.):
Total Language Plus
Mystery of History
For anybody who is wondering, I did graduate. 😉 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. 🙂