Hey guys! As some of you may know, I was homeschooled my whole life! And, in honor of me graduating High school, I’m sharing 12 things I learned from 12 years of Homeschooling!
1. God is the Most Important Subject.
Fun fact, I am reading through the Bible in a year for the 3rd time! Seriously, being encouraged to read my bible more is the second best thing I ever gained from homeschooling.
The first being, learning how to pray and when I started to literally write out every single prayer. I highly recommend that you do this. It’s awesome to be able to go back and see how your prayer life has grown.
2. I’m Obsessed with Classical Music.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve stopped doing whatever subject I was doing to start dancing/conducting the William Tell Overture If you’ve never heard this song, please look it up. It’s wonderful.
3. One of the Homeschooling Pros is that Anything Can Count as School Work
I think I’m the most advanced in Home Economics.
4. Co-op is a great place to make friends and learn things.
The year I only took PE and drama was the best. #nohomework.
I learned that doing co-op with a bunch of country kids is really fun. But, I learned that it’s even more fun to do a co-op with people from your church.
Fun fact, homeschoolers actually converse when they’re together. (Even if it is just about YouTube, writing books, and video games…) There’s nothing like dissecting a frog and then reading Beowulf to bring teenagers together. (Also, word of advice, don’t try to discuss classical literature with a bunch of teenagers over a google hangout. Trust me on this one.) I also don’t recommend getting a crush on the oldest boy in your co-op. It just makes everything awkward. (And everyone will know except the 2 of you. [Albeit, it is fun to laugh and joke about years later.])
5. Homeschooling Taught me How to Be Friends With Anyone
Being able to hold and enjoy conversations with people of any age is incredible.
6. The Flute is Actually a Really Fun Instrument to Play
Playing the flute at a retirement home is hard for an introvert but the smiles on the resident’s faces and the thanks afterward make it worth it.
7. Your Math Book Won’t Judge Your Attire
Homeschooling taught me that your math book doesn’t care what you wear so the comfier you are the better.
8. Homeschooling Taught me Self-Esteem
I have really good self-esteem from not having to worry about what people think of me on a daily basis because I rarely leave the house.
9. YouTube and Reading are Greater than a Social Life.
These are all the books that I read in 2014! [Is it weird that I read biographies for fun?]
Also, you can learn almost anything from YouTube.
10. Homeschooling Gave me the Ability to do my School Work at any Time and in any Location.
Homeschooling curriculum is cool because you can bring it anywhere! I have even brought schoolwork on vacations all over the US. n
My homeschooling schedule was always very relaxed. I was in charge of it most of the time, to be honest. During my childhood, I would wake up around 6:30 AM to get all my school work done in the morning. That way, I could play or read in the afternoon. Then, when I became a teenager, I started getting up around 8 and would do my school work literally all day. Most days I didn’t finish until about 6 or 7 at night.
I love being flexible schedule that homeschooling gave me. I was able to work choir, music lessons, shopping, and vacations around my schoolwork.
11. Homeschooling Taught me that God, Family, and Chores are Ultimately More Important than Homework.
Usually, they came in that order too.
12. When You’re Homeschooled, Anything can Count as a Field Trip
But we did get a lot of weird looks at the grocery store when we would go at 1 in the afternoon. Especially when you’re there with your mom and 3 younger siblings.
My 6 siblings and I were homeschooled our entire lives. I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you a million times to my awesome parents for doing this. Homeschooling prepared me for what I am doing today. It also gave me very close relationships with my siblings and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Friends come and go but family is forever.
Soli Deo Gloria,