Sunday, August 5, 2012

My Homeschooled Life So Far....

Homeschooling has been a big part of my life ever since I was little, and no matter what people may say about teaching kids at home, it was (and still is) the best part of my growing up. I can't say that it has been completely uneventful, and without confusion and mistakes, but it has been an amazing experience, and one that I hope more families will try in the future.

Now, no one normally asks the child how they like being homeschooled, and I think that's a shame. Not all kids will say the same (although most of the ones I know will agree with me), but for me, I love being homeschooled. It has opened up new doors for me and my learning. I have been able to dual enroll at Pensacola State College, and get college credits during highschool. I have also been able to learn many practical activities, like sewing, crocheting, making jam, baking, and numerous other things that wouldn't have been possible stuck up in a stuffy classroom all day. I am not saying that classrooms are bad, but when you have a choice between that and the ability to finish your school at noon every day, and have other learning experiences that most kids can't, I count myself pretty lucky that my parents decided to teach me at home. I have been able to go on all sorts of field trips, and try other new things with my family. We now have our own family business and all of us help with it. We grow Aquaponic lettuce and other vegetables, and now we all not only know how to work the business, we are learning the marketing aspect as well by selling the veggies at our local farmer's market. Being able to learn about this first hand, and not in a classroom with tests and exams helped me to understand it better. We did have "tests", but they were more like: "what would you do in this situation?", and then we would have to come up with an answer as fast as possible, or the customer might get frustrated and leave. Since learning about business at a young age, I have come to love it. I plan to create my own business after I graduate, and I hope to always be my own boss.
My  life has been shaped by my learning, and homeschooling has been the best part of it. I hope that you will read along as I finish my senior year as a homeschooler, relaying the interesting things that I stumble upon, and I will share with you my homeschooling experiences as the "homeschool-ed."

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