My parents have been homeschooling me for 7 years now. People always asks me what homeschooling is, and I reply: “It is a form of education where you stay at home all day, sit down comfortably, and watch T.V.”. And they would look at me puzzled and say: “Really?”. And I would tell them the real definition of homeschooling: “It is a primitive education where my parents teach me academics, just like what they teach at school, and everything they don’t, where the gate isn’t a border, you can wear pajamas all day, every time is break time, no suspensions, and best of all I can sit comfortably on the couch or on the floor. In short, Homeschooling is a Lifestyle. And they would stare at me with an expression of bewilderment, as if I came from the planet Kepler 22b (a habitable planet 600 light years away from earth). In the end they would shake their heads and walk away. But I must tell you that there isn’t one perfect homeschooling, not in the entire universe. When fight begins, it usually ends with the student being sent to detention (cough) (cough), I mean sent to his/her bedroom.
Homeschooling probably started when Adam and Eve were banished from Eden and had sons. I can only imagine Cain and Abel being taught math! But of course math wasn’t invented till the ancient Egyptians and in 1650 B.C. Instead, Adam and Eve would have taught them life skills. And by then, it progressed until now. Famous personalities like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, W. A. Mozart, Tim Tebow, and more were homeschooled.
DOINGS, WANDERINGS, and MISHAPS
As I said earlier, there is a whole lot more freedom in homeschooling. We aren’t restricted by the curriculum. I have the freedom to learn anything I want besides the lessons and go beyond that. I can research about quantum physics, wander around the house and look for insects, catch chickens, and even start a blog.
Everyday, I have a schedule to follow in great detail. But my schedule is flexible just in case we need to go somewhere (another advantage of being homeschooled 🙂 I did it so often that my body is used to it. My day begins when I wake up at 7:30 and the rest follows:
- Drink a glass of water
- Feed and free the chickens
- Water the plants
- Heat water before eating breakfast
- Eat breakfast
- Take a bath
- Practice piano
- Do activities (if I have any)
- Start Homeschooling
- Prepare dishes
- Eat lunch
- End Homeschooling
- Clean up
- Bring chickens home
- Water plants
- Take a bath
All should be done before 10:00 pm.
On days off, instead of waking up 7:30, I wake up 7:00. And I spend the rest of the days doing the rest of my chores and playing, wandering, and searching for adventure.
QUESTIONS, MISCONCEPTIONS, AND CONCLUSION
Folks tend to ask lots of questions about homeschooling, it can sometimes be annoying and absurd. And if you’re a homeschooler, you can relate to these 10 most frequently asked questions (and answers).
1. “Do you like homeschooling?”
ME: As much as I like pizza. Yes.
PERSON: Oh. Okay
2. “Do you watch T.V.?”
ME: Well, yes I do watch T.V. if you can call it that.
3. “Do you have days off or recess or breaks?”
ME: I have day offs, recess, and breaks. All the time. (smile)
4. “Do you have field trips?”
ME: I had field trips to Manila, Pampanga, Bulacan, BIR, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and perhaps many more.
PERSON: But how about your school?
ME: I take it with me. (grin) And also because my time is flexible.
5. “Do you have homework?”
ME: It depends whether the glass is half full or half empty.
ME: It depends whether your pessimist or optimist
6. “Is homeschooling just like in regular school?”
ME: Yes. It’s just like regular school without the uniforms, guards, school buses, backpacks, and the word regular.
7. “What do you do in homeschooling?”
ME: I simply (explains schedule in great detail)
ME: It’s simple really.
8. “Do you want to attend regular school?”
ME: WHAT!!! Of course!
9. “Why are you homeschooling?”
ME: My parents are not preparing me for tests.
PERSON: Then for what?
ME: They’re preparing me for life.
ME: Ask my mom
PERSON: (asks mom) She told me to ask you.
10. “Do you have school?”
ME: (sigh) Yes.
PERSON: Where is it?
ME: Home. (long explanation about homeschooling)
But there was one conversation that stuck to my head.
PERSON: What are you doing?
PERSON: Is that for school?
PERSON: Wait. Where do you go to school?
ME: Home. Basically studying at home with my parents teaching me.
PERSON: So do you study academics or anything taught in school?
ME: Ummmmmmm….. isn’t that the point of studying?
PERSON: So you do?
Most people have a wrong idea of what homeschooling is all about. Here are the top 3 misconceptions about homeschooling.
Homeschoolers have NO social skills
That is totally false. On the contrary, homeschoolers are as sociable just like any other. We go to different places anytime, any day and meet different people of different ages. As for me I have friends. A few close ones.
Homeschoolers are being shielded from the outside world
One of the most absurd misconceptions. It violates one of the reason that parents homeschool their kids: to prepare them from the outside world. Parents are trying to help their kids survive the world not shield them from it.
Homeschoolers are stuck at home everyday and doesn’t learn much as in traditional school
This by far is the most absurd misconception. Utterly preposterous, ludicrous, illogical for a homeschooler of course. Homeschoolers have all the time in the world to get out of the house and explore. They also have time to learn far beyond the curriculum. So you see, liberty isn’t exactly an issue with homeschooling. I roam around the fields every afternoon. I
After 7 years of homeschooling, I’ve learned a good deal about life (and death), manners, and how to survive the world. I’ve learned how to cook my own food, commute, manage money, set goals, plant my own food, hunt and keep chickens, pick locks, defend my self, etc. The point is in homeschooling, my mind was expanded. I did all sorts of things not usually done in school like catching frogs for food, start a fire using a ferrocerium rod and aluminum, and survive out in the wild. I learned to be patient, responsible, hardworking, resourceful, creative and imaginative. I also learned to go out of my comfort zone so that I can learn more things. I need to be aware of the world and how it works. So there is no reason to not enjoy homeschooling. In my opinion, two words are put together to form the best word home and school. It also shows that kids don’t need uniforms, guards, or to sit down all day to be taught. People call me weird or strange because I go to school at home. But think about it for a minute or two, isn’t it weirder waking up early in the morning to go to a building where you get taught by strangers everyday?
But the most important to me about homeschooling is to have a close relationship with GOD. The Bible says:
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on you hands and bind them on your foreheads.
This commandment must be applied in both homeschooling or not. But whether somebody chooses either of the two, remember to bring GOD always into your life and your children’s.
To all my fellow Homeschoolers: HAPPY HOMESCHOOL DAY!!
(Can’t resist adding this)