Everyone views homeschoolers differently. There are those you meet at 10am in the grocery store who state subtly yet judgmentally, “Why, aren’t you supposed to be in school? Is there a holiday I don’t know about?” There are those distant friends and family members you only met once when you were two, who ask, “Where do you go to school?” When you or your parents answer timidly that your homeschooled, they respond, “Oh, I love homeschooling! If only I could etc. etc. I would homeschool my kids!” Then there are those who hate homeschoolers. And still, there are those who believe homeschooling moms and their daughters wear only simple blouses that don’t let an inch of skin show, long denim skirts, and sneakers, while the fathers and their boys always wear khaki colored Dockers and polo shirts. Which…err… is kind of true.
I’ve not always been homeschooled. I was first sent to a small, private Lutheran preschool (okay, maybe that doesn’t count!), and then I went to public school Kindergarten for one year. My older brother was struggling terribly in Kindergarten and 1st grade, and was the reason for my parents’ homeschool career. I must admit, I loved this new idea- this thought- of being homeschooled. I never knew such a thing existed. And of course, my older brother was doing it, so I was extremely excited about this concept.
Since 1st grade, I’ve been homeschooled. Now, I am not against those who attend public school in the least. God has ordained a unique, amazingly beautiful path for each and every family. If He wants you as the parents to homeschool your child, then you will. If He wants you as a child and student to be homeschooled, then He’ll lead your parents to making that decision. That now stated, I must admit, I love being homeschooled. Since pulled out of public school, I’ve never once had the desire to return. Yes, I’ve thought before, ‘what would it be like if I remained in school?’ However, I’ve never longed to go back to public-school. I’m perfectly content being homeschooled.
While 180 days can easily be surpassed in our school year, homeschooling still opens the door for extra time filled with creativity, work, etc. For example, I would not be pet-sitting dogs if I was in school half the day, and the other half working on homework. Instead, I can care for the dog, and while he or she is napping, or playing in the yard, take out my school books and do some work. I would not be able to refine my writing skills so often, or practice art, or have as much time with my family as I’m getting. The gift of homeschooling in a nutshell is that I can spend more time on a subject I can’t understand or plainly need more help and guidance in. And, when I excel in a subject, I can surpass my grade above and beyond. Homeschooling gives me more opportunity to learn of God, to study His creation, and learn school in an entirely unique way. Be assured, homeschooling is not all play, no work. Homeschooling is quite the contrary- there are those occasional school days when a field trip is in order, or we watch Fiddler on the Roof for history. But, I suppose we can afford it… after all, what is Spring break and other small holidays to a homeschooler?!
So, what are my school subjects? Well, the same as yours, of course! Currently I’m studying Anatomy and Health in science, Constitution in History, and working hard on my subject nemesis, math. I just started taking French as my language, and I’m constantly writing papers (though right now, the majority of my writing is put into The SLAH. I will be doing more writing of essays next year’s school year), and I do a bible study curriculum. Oh, I nearly forgot my 2 ½ year, still in progress, self-assigned writing project of The Dog Book. That’s not its title… but, it is definitely my book’s topic. It is a complete dog care manual that though probably will never be published, will always be my personal reference and a huge accomplishment!
In my pastime, I do some household work, and lots of hobbies. Being in 4-H keeps hobbies and crafts a regular occurrence.
Overall, I would not trade my schooling option for any other. I hope that I was able to present homeschooling modestly but efficiently. For, as I said previously, homeschooling is not the all-in-all, and it is definitely NOT meant for EVERYBODY. I will leave you with these parting, wise words from Colossians 3:16-17 (KJV), “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”