No. 33: Homeschool Q & A

Hey hey, party people ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve been wanting to do this Q & A for quite a while now. People are always curious how homeschool works and what it’s like, so here’s a little taste. I’ve asked on all of my socials if anyone had questions about homeschool so I’m here to answer some of those. I’ve also asked questions to people who are homeschooled or are going into it to get more perspectives. So heeeere we go:

Q & A

Q: “Is it hard doing school in the same place as you live?” -Gage H.

A: It can be. As long as you have places to go and things to go do outside of your house, it’s not bad.

Q: “Do you do school in your pajamas? ๐Ÿ˜œ” -Robbie M.

A: I mean…not alllll the time ๐Ÿ˜‰Not on days I have to go somewhere ๐Ÿ˜‚

Q: “Do you sleep all day and work all night?”

A: Ummm no. At least that’s not how I work ๐Ÿ˜…

Q: “How do you have friends/How do you have friends?” -literally everyone

A: Just like everyone else. I get this question a lot and it always confuses me. I make friends just like everyone else ๐Ÿ˜‚ You go to places, you make friends. I mean, that’s always hard to answer cause…how do you make friends? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Q: “Do you have to take the yearly tests like public schools?” -Michele N.

A: Yes, I do. With the curriculum I do, I’m required to go to the local testing center and take the state test (in Texas, it’s called STAAR).

Q: “Do you ever wish you weren’t homeschooled?” -Michele N.

A: To be perfectly honest? No. I miss out on drama and influences I don’t need. I have more time for myself, my family, my relationship with God and my school.

Q: “Do you feel like you miss out on much?” -Janet T.

A: One thing about homeschool, unless you go to the homeschool prom, you miss out on things like public school dances. You miss out on having little things like a locker and pep rallies and football games. You don’t have the mums for homecoming or the school plays. But unless you’re not into that kind of thing, it’s doesn’t matter ๐Ÿ˜‚

“I would say I definitely don’t feel like I miss out on anything, we have prom and homecoming and events just like public! I moved to homeschool because I had super bad anxiety and it’s REALLY helped me, because there’s not as much stress” -Madelyn J.

Q: “Do you recommend homeschooling?” – Joseph L.

A: It’s definitely not for everyone. I’ve had people talk to me about it and say “I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t be with my mother all day, every day.” Haha well, to each his own. It works for some families and sometimes it doesn’t for others. As for me, I’d recommend homeschooling.

Q: “Do you wonder what it is like to navigate from class to class with hundreds of other kids?” -Kim R.

“…having different teachers?” -Ha B.

A: I actually do sometimes. I guess one thing I don’t miss is carrying a backpack all the time. In elementary school, before I started homeschooling, I switched classes but I know that’s a totally different thing. I’ve heard it’s not a great experience with people walking slow and stepping on feet, people don’t know how to use deodorant etc. lol. As far as having different teachers, I do! ๐Ÿ™‚ A lot of people like to joke about my mom being my teacher but my mom hasn’t actually been my teacher in a while. With the program I do, I have a different teacher for every class I have. So I get to take part in all of that ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: What are some of the misconceptions of homeschoolers?

A: “Mainly that we’re not getting public school experience like getting socialized, a sports team, or a prom.” -Bryan J.
“That all home schoolers are super sheltered and only talk to there family.” Gary M.

Q: “Do you do science or biology projects like dissecting a frog or mixing different chemicals? If so, do you feel that not having a lab impairs those activities?” -Theresa P.

A: Nooooooooo thankfully. I don’t do any dissections but I do have to watch videos that don’t let me skip parts. So I mean, that’s really pleasant. I’m a junior this year, so I do have to take chemistry and I’ve received a box of chemistry supplies and some chemicals. So that part of it, I’ll do. Not having a lab doesn’t impair that, because I really really don’t like frogs and I really don’t want to see their insides up close and personal. So, I don’t mind ๐Ÿ˜…

Q: “Do you take a summer break?”

A: Thank the Lord Jesus, I do. My curriculum goes by Houston Independent School District schedule, so I start school when they start and stop when they stop, which means I get a break ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: What do you do all day?
A: …school ๐Ÿ˜‚ I do school for a few hours and then I do chores, I do some art stuff, get on my phone for a little bit, do stuff with my youth group on Wednesdays and think of some ideas for my blog ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

Q: What’s the best part of being homeschooled?

A: “Getting through with the school day earlier than public school.” -Isaiah and EJ L. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

(For someone who is going to homeschool):

Q: What makes you want to Homeschool?

A: “Well for me it was a lot of reasons. I felt like there was soooo much drama everywhere especially being a dancer there was even more; but it was also the teachers and the curriculum. The teachers were so uninvolved and they would just push students to the side and not make an effort to help when you asked. I want to get better grades for college and I think homeschooling will help me a lot with that. God was also a huge part of my decision. This year I got really serious about my relationship with Him and I want that relationship to strive and continue growing I don’t want anything toxic pulling me back.” -Mackenzie N.

“Make sure you get involved with activities that allow you to socialize with other kids on a regular basis.” -Isaiah L.

Advice

My advice to anyone wanting to homeschool or homeschool their kids is make sure that you’re involved other places than just your school at home. You need connections and community. During my 1st year of being homeschooled, my family was potentially going to move to the Austin area, so I didn’t get plugged into anything, not wanting to make friendships only to leave them. Well, things fell through and we’re still in Dallas. That one year that I didn’t have interaction (I’m a super social person), I struggled with loneliness and depression, a hole you don’t wanna dig into. So, my biggest piece of advice would be to just be involved and find people to talk to. (This includes introverts as well. Community in general is ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ)

“Find something to do and don’t just sit in your house all day” -Bryan J.

“Plan out your time and make a schedule.” – Gary M.

“Make sure you get involved with activities that allow you to socialize with other kids on a regular basis.” -Isaiah L.

“I would say to start out with co-op’s! Instead of online or at home, it’s great to go see friends, and with co-op’s you have prom and events, each co-op has usually 800 kids, almost like private school. I would also say that it takes a while to get used to homeschool coming from public, because homeschool you have to do a lot of work yourself and there’s not a lot of control, which is good but you’re also expected to have control over all the work you do and turning it in on time!” -Madelyn J.

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