Pros and Cons of Being Homeschooled

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I did a post a little while back sharing my typical day in my life of a home schooler, and you guys really liked it. So, I thought I’d write more posts discussing my (home) school life. People always ask me about it, so hopefully you’ll get some info about it if you’re curious. I’ve been home schooled all my life and am currently a junior/senior year in high school. My mom was my teacher up until 9th grade and then I began doing my work online. Home schooling like everything else isn’t perfect and has it’s draw backs. Here’s some that I deal(t) with 🙂  

 

-Pros-

Time Management – Being able to customize my work to my own schedule is a HUGE plus! I’ve been blessed in the regard that (on seldom occasion) I can take days off. However, I have to make those days up or else I’ll be behind in my studies. I always get to take my birthday off no matter if it’s on a week day and if I’m sick I can take an extra 30 minute break.

Being Home – I have come to the conclusion that I’m a homebody 85% of the time. I’m perfectly fine with that! I love being home, lighting a candle and hitting the books. I love that I can go to school in my PJ’s with no makeup on if I want. Also, as long as I have my laptop and wifi I can do school pretty much anywhere. I can even do it outside! Technology is so cool!

Getting Ahead – The online school I attend enables me to change my exam dates or take them early. So, if I’m ahead with my work I can go ahead and take my exam while the knowledge is fresh in my brain.

School Home Cafeteria – I cannot speak from experience, but I’ve been told that school food isn’t the best. So, I presume that I’m lucky to be able to make my own lunches. I’m also a vegetarian and a lot of places don’t have “veggie” options, so I’m pretty happy with my hometeria..? Get it? Like Cafeteria? 😉

 

-Cons-

The Stigma – All my life people have teased me saying I don’t go to “real school” or do “real work.” Anymore, I just brush it off, but when I was younger I questioned my parents choice to homeschool me. I thought I wasn’t as smart as other people, because I was taught at home. I thought I wasn’t cool because I was different. Let me tell you firsthand that homeschooling is NOT easy! You have lots of work and get graded just as hard as you do in public/private school. My mom gave me no special treatment while teaching me; If I got an answer wrong, I got it wrong. Being different isn’t a bad thing.  

Class of One – I have been raised an only child all my life and homeschooled. So, being the only student in my class can get a little lonely. I’ve always been pretty mature for my age. Probably because I’ve spent most of my time around adults. Once I became a teenager I took a step out and started going to events and hanging out with people my age. To be honest, it was a little odd at first. I didn’t know how to act around others my age, and worried about them finding me weird. Thankfully, I’ve gotten a lot more social with age. Now I’m a total people lover 🙂

No (in the flesh) Teacher – This has only applied to me in the past couple of years. When my mom taught me, I asked her a lot of questions. But, when I went online I had to start emailing my instructors. While, my school is very good with getting back to me quickly, it’s not instant. So, I might have to take a break or come back to my work once they reply.  

 

That’s all I could think of for today! For the most part I really enjoy being home schooled. It’s been a great experience and it’s bittersweet that I’ll be graduating next year. If you have any questions about it feel free to ask me! I’d be more than happy to help.

Question time:

Is school cafeteria food really bad?

Were you/do you know someone who’s homeschooled?

 

Thanks for reading,

Edye