My parents decided to homeschool all five of us from the beginning. One of my brothers and I have already graduated, but the three younger kids are still in elementary and middle school. Right now they do more reading and hands-on learning than textbook work, and though that may sound horrible, it’s really not. You can learn in so many different ways, from so many different experiences, and that’s what I love about homeschooling.
When you’re a learner at home, you have more time to do what you really love, and more opportunities to become really skilled in certain things you’re interested in.
I’ve always loved writing, drawing, and making things, and because I was homeschooled I have had plenty of time to practice those things and more. Now, instead of going to college, I’m using most of my time learning new things with my jobs, like herbs and healthy living and some iridology, farming (driving a tractor, milking cows, hauling hay, etc.), and tutoring/helping to homeschool other children.
My brother loves videography and writing, and when he isn’t building houses, helping a neighbor, or–perish the thought–socializing, he does those things and he’s really good at it.
My other siblings enjoy drawing and reading and getting into all kinds of stuff. They can show you the ins and outs of a NERF gun and how to take it apart and put it back together. They build crazy tree houses and forts. They bake cookies and homemade pizza all by themselves. They ride bicycles, dirt bikes, and Ripsticks. They play music and read books. They can also tell you what kombucha is and that high fructose corn syrup and aspertame are bad for you.
I’m won’t say homeschoolers are better than public schoolers, but I can say that they’re not “missing out” on anything in life by not being “out there” in the world, “learning how to deal with people from a young age,” as I’ve heard and been told time and time again. Homeschoolers are smart, and they do know how to know how to socialize, contrary to popular belief. Yes, there are some dumb and very awkwardly shy ones out there (which I’ve yet to meet, honestly), but the same goes for the public- and private-schoolers out there as well.
Everybody learns at different speeds and in different ways, so just because someone doesn’t spend several hours a day five days a week sitting in a chair with their nose in a book or their eyes on a teacher doesn’t mean they won’t be intelligent or go anywhere in life.
So, please just overlook our Crocs and kulots and realize this: We really are smart, and if we set our minds to it, we homeschoolers will go far in life too, just like anybody else in this world. I mean, hey. These people turned out alright, didn’t they?
Louisa May Alcott, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Robert Frost, C.S. Lewis, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Florence Nightingale, Grandma Moses, Leonardo da Vinci, George Washington, Eli Whitney, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Robert E. Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Charles Dickens, Louis Armstrong, Winston Churchill, George W. Carver, Booker T. Washington, etc.
So, anyway. That’s my bit of rambling for the day. And whether you’re being educated at home or in a private-run or government-run school, keep on learning! You can do anything you set your mind to. (Just make sure your mind is in the right place.)
“The more that you read, the more things you will know; the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss
Have a blessed day!
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)