Homeschooling…

I’m homeschooled, and… well, I don’t always like it, but it is (I think) better than the alternative. I spent up to my third grade in public school in Ohio, and I can’t say I didn’t like that, either. They both have their good points and not-so-good points: With public school I socialized a lot more, but with homeschooling comes much more to talk with new people about. I’ve got a whole comedy routine for homeschooling. Consider the following dialogue:

Other Person: So, it must be hard for you, going into high school. You have new rooms, new teachers, new friends…

Me: Oh, it isn’t so bad. We have the same rooms, and the teachers don’t change much. [Mischievous little smile]

Really?

[Nod]

What school do you go to?

I’m homeschooled.

OH REALLY????? Does your mom teach you?

[Nod]

She must be pretty busy.

Yeah, parent-teacher conferences are hilarious. She stands in front of a mirror and talks to herself.

[Laughs self-consciously] And… how do you like your teacher? [Mischievously smiling in turn]

Oh, you know… she’s all right. Most of the time, I’m teaching her.

[Another laugh] I suppose you don’t have as much homework?

No, we have plenty of that, it’s schoolwork we don’t have.

And on and on and on it goes, where it stops… nobody knows! Unfortunately, this shtick makes other people laugh, but then they avoid me. I become the weird homeschooled kid.

In our family, we don’t do any co-ops, but we still get the full hands-on learning experience. Our academy extends from preschool through high school, though there are gaps between the ages. As well as the standard Science, Math, Language Arts and History, we have Sailing and Cycling (taught by the Principle and experience), and Music (taught by outside influences), three of our family’s favorite pastimes. Then, I teach myself Modern Literature and Fantasy Writing. Yes, free time is present in abundance in our homeschooling.

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  1. Robyn Hoode

     /  March 5, 2013

    Funny. I went to public school through third grade.

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  2. Why do all of the cool blog people seem to be homeschooled? Just a thought…

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  3. *cracks up laughing* I wanna see a parent-teacher conference!

    I mostly have people’s reactions to me saying I’m homeschooled going more along the lines of, “But…isn’t it lonely to not have any friends?”

    Uh, no? I have friends. I socialize. There might be times where those friends exist only in my head, though… *facepalm*

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  4. I just realized this was posted on my birthday… *is very amused by that* I think I turned…thirteen that year… *feels old all of a sudden*

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