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Monday, November 17, 2008

Artist Girl on Homeschooling

I thought it would be fun to ask Artist Girl for her take on homeschooling. I made up some questions for her, which she has answered for us below. If you are curious, and have another question to ask of a homeschool teen, feel free to post it in the comments.

Q. What is the best thing about homeschooling?
A: I would have to say the ability to plan your own schedule, whatever works for you. Of course, sleeping in is nice too!

Q. How do you imagine your life would be different if you didn’t homeschool?

A: Definitely a lot more stressful. I also wouldn’t have as much time or energy for my hobbies, like art and pets.

Q. What would you say to a parent who is thinking of homeschooling, but is worried they can’t do it?
A: I think they should try it before they give up, even if it’s just for a few days during summer break. Believe it or not, I hated the idea of homeschooling when it was first suggested to me.

Q. What is the worst thing about homeschooling?
A: It’s harder to see your friends that are still in school.

Q. What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned this year?
A: I’m not sure I could answer that question, as I learn plenty interesting things every day. However, I really enjoy learning how chemistry affects our everyday lives on the atomic level.

Q. Do you think everyone should homeschool?
A: Some people aren’t home enough to homeschool, through no fault of theirs. I’m certain there are also kids that enjoy school. Homeschooling isn’t for everybody, although there are probably a great many people who would do better if they were homeschooled.

Q. Which subject do you enjoy the most?
A: I enjoy all my subjects in different ways; but if I have to pick favorites, currently I like Math, Japanese, and Biology. Not necessarily in that order.

Q. Do you think there is a limit to what can be done with homeschooling, or with what you can teach yourself? Is there anything you are missing out on by homeschooling?
A: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if I’m behind where I should be (to prepare for college). That’s why I rely on my parents to keep me on track.

Q. What is your favorite learning resource (software, book, textbook, video series, website etc)?
A: I am pleased with the methods I chose for learning my different subjects. I have to say though, the cake goes to Teaching Textbooks. I think I’ve come further in math with them this in-complete school year than all the rest of my life put together.

There you have it, a teen take on homeschooling. It's nice to have confirmation that the benefits of homeschooling are not just a fantasy of mine! Now, what is your kid's take on homeschooling?

Here's another homeschooled kid interview - a interview with a homeschooled 11 year old.


Janet said...

It is nice to have the student perspective. The Queen was terribly disappointed not to go to school this year, so if we do home school it will be after she's at least done kindergarten. Of course by this time next year she may have changed her mind completely. And if she keeps on the way she's been lately we're sending her to boarding school.

Alison said...

Somehow, Janet, you always make me laugh! Actually I think you are doing a great job of homeschooling for a non-homeschooler. Aren't we all homeschoolers until we send a child to school anyway? Well, I've heard plenty of stories of kids who are desperate to go to school, then pronounce after a couple of days that they have done school and can they please stay home now. If you plan to send The Queen next year, be prepared for that :-)

Aren't kids so precocious? They surely keep life interesting.

Other Mother said...

I agree with loving the Teaching Textbooks. I haven't done a lot of homeschooling, but in the time I did, I loved that the most!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Alison said...

Thanks for visiting Other Mother. I had heard good things about Teaching Textbooks, but on first checking for information on it I thought it was not the one Artist Girl would choose. Well, she certainly knew which one would work for her!

Lori said...

love to get the child’s take!

i did an interview with my 11yo son here:


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