I keep forgetting how many people go to public school in today's America.
I've had the privilege of being homeschooled for 10 years. The missing two years were my freshman and sophomore years of high school, during which I went to a tiny private school. But I tend not to think about those years, although I met some wonderful people there. But I prefer homeschool.
For the rest of you average humans who are probably wondering what the heck homeschooling is like, look no further for someone to answer your questions.
There are many types of homeschooling, but I've always followed a more traditional route. Meaning I get up and do school first thing in the morning. Lots of people sleep in and do their work in the afternoons or evenings, or only work a few days a week. Not me.
I usually start my work between 7:45 and 8:00, simply because I don't have anything better to do after breakfast. At 8:30, I walk my dog with my grandmother and call it P.E. Afterwards, I come home and finish my five subjects around noon.
And what do I do with my extra time, you ask? Well, I babysit for a homeschool co-op every Tuesday morning. I play volleyball, and I'm on the youth worship team. I also write (obviously) and crochet when I feel like it. And like all teenagers, I spend a little more time on YouTube than is good for me.
One of the most common complaints non-homeschoolers have with homeschooling is the lack of socialization. I have planned activities outside of the house every day except Sunday and Monday and meet plenty of people at said activities, thank you. (And for the record, I don't think that sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day is very social, either.) Most homeschoolers attend church or a co-op, or both. My entire volleyball team is made up of homeschooled girls.
"But what happens," you might object, "when a homeschooler gets to college? Don't they explode from all the pressure?" Well, while I'm not in college yet, I can tell you something. There might be something to this. College might be super stressful for some ex-homeschoolers. But if you were homeschooling right, you're self-motivated by the time you get to college. You know how to accomplish tasks quickly, because you always wanted that extra bit of time on your PS4 back in grade school. And it's been proven, homeschoolers are pretty intelligent.
And don't even get me started on open-book tests.....
Were you homeschooled? Do you have any questions for a professional homeschooler? I'd love to answer them--just put them in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to like us on Facebook!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.