A homeschool grad looks back on her homeschooling experience and relates ten things she never expected when they first began.
Text of 10 Things I Never Expected When I Started Homeschooling
10 Things I Never Expected When I Started Homeschooling
Learning How to Learn While I obviously expected to learn, I
didnt realize that the homeschool experience would equip me with
the tools to learn how to learn. With those tools, I can learn
anything - and for the rest of my life.
Self-Discipline I never expected that homeschooling would teach
me to become a self- disciplined person. My parents put a lot of my
school responsibilities on me as I grew older, and that forced me
to not only plan ahead, but to schedule (and adhere to my schedule)
to finish my lessons. How fast or slow I made it through the school
years depended on how willing I was to do the work. That experience
has molded me into a very self-disciplined person today.
Life Skills When we began homeschooling, I expected pajama
days, sleeping in, and movies. While we did have those, the
homeschooling experience mainly taught me life skills. Such as,
cooking for a family of seven (Home-Ec!), yard work (mixing cement,
laying concrete, assembling a sprinkler system, building sheds),
managing laundry for the said large family, coupon shopping, price
checking, swimming, and lots of animal care - just to name a
Homeschool Friends I never, ever, expected to meet so many
other homeschoolers - and to realize that they are so much FUN! I
was amazed by how quickly other homeschoolers took me in and became
friends with me. I have formed the absolute best friendships over
the years with other homeschoolers.
Becoming a Nerd While I loved books even before being
homeschooled, I didnt expect to develop such a strong passion for
learning. My homeschool experience cultivated that passion - which
undoubtedly transformed me into a huge nerd - and I love it! The
term nerd no longer has a negative connotation to me - it means one
who desires to learn, to read, to excel. How could that be a bad
Flexibility When we started homeschooling, I expected some
flexibility - after all, we were home. However, I didnt realize
that, if we wanted, we could take a day just sitting in our living
room watching LOTR and feasting on junk food. Why not? We could
always make our school up later! Perks of being a homeschooler:
Hard Work One thing I certainly didnt expect (but soon learned)
was that homeschoolers work really hard! Good grades certainly do
not come easy. Before we began homeschooling, I didnt realize
homeschoolers had to work very much at all. That certainly is one
homeschooler myth that isnt true. Homeschoolers work hard!
Strict Parents This goes hand-in-hand with the previous slide.
I never expected my parents to be heavy with the red pen when it
came to grading my work. They were my parents after all - until
that point, they had helped me with my school - not graded it.
Getting marked down by mom and dad was certainly something I hadnt
expected. However, Im glad they did mark me down - how else could I
Pursuing My Interests In homeschool, I was often able to learn
what I wanted to learn. For example, my parents would give me a
choice of curricula, and I could choose which one I would like to
study. Taking part in choosing my textbooks definitely deepened my
determination to do well. (Also, if I ended up not liking the
curriculum, my parents could always remind me, You picked it!)
Grading My Own WOrk Typically, when you hear about a student
grading their own work, it sounds like a cop-out. If theyre grading
themselves, surely they cant be honest. Well...my parents changed
that. I never would have expected to honestly grade my own work,
but its something I learned to do over the years, and it is
definitely an invaluable skill. I learned to honestly evaluate
myself, and it has helped in so many other areas of my life.