I have enjoyed being homeschooled my whole life. When I was four we joined a Christian homeschool group that meets once a week. I feel that being surrounded by supportive, Christian friends has really been a blessing and the classes have been a fun addition to my everyday homework.
Being homeschooled has especially given me a lot of time to spend with my family. With my Mom as the teacher and my sister as my classmate we enjoy studying together and going on field trips. Sometimes a break from homework could mean my sister and I making a mini movie or a bake off in the kitchen. Everyday is different. When Dad comes home we are usually finished with homework and we can spend the rest of the evening together.
Being able to learn about things I am interested in is one of my favorite things about being homeschooled. In addition to our everyday subjects I’m learning about forestry, clay, painting, drawing, photography, and writing books. All of these things are not classes, they are my hobbies that I choose to learn more about. To me that is the most freeing thing about doing school at home, having more time to work on your interests.
Learning music at home has become a big part of my life too. My Mom taught me the basics of piano and I continue learning by myself. Playing the piano is no longer like a class, it is what I do to relax between school assignments. Of course this might not work for everyone, but that’s a big part of what homeschooling is to my family, doing what works for us and will help us learn. Not everything about homeschooling is perfect though. There are many distractions with doing school in your own home. There are so many things I could be doing that are all around me, so I have to be motivated to get all of my work done.
Homeschooling has been an eyeopening experience to all there is to study. I’m learning what I need to learn and also what I want to learn while spending time with my family.