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I was homeschooled all the way from 1st grade through 11th grade (I earned credits attending a community college during what would've been my senior year). I feel like, because my mom was very invested in teaching me, I received a much better education than the local school system provided. Basically, my mom was working so closely with me that she was able to see exactly what I was having difficulty with, and she would go out of her way to help me understand.
A lot of people argue that homeschooling isolates kids from others their own age, and I've definitely seen some cases where that's true. However, that's not the way it was for me. I was involved on a local club swim team and I hung out with other kids in my neighborhood, so I really didn't feel deprived of peers.
Now I'm in college (actually an ocean away from my family, since I'm studying abroad) and I'm doing well. I have yet to encounter a professor as tough as my mom!
As for whether or not I'd recommend homeschooling, I think it depends on the parent more than anything else. If a parent is willing to make the colossal effort to educate their child, it's worth it.
I wasn't home schooled but a friend of mine was. She was not very happy and it did affect her social skills. Her curriculum was behind and she was a little off track when she got to college.
Not good...very boring...teacher also boring!
I was homeschooled up to my high school because my mother did not have HS curriculum but she also homeschooled all 7 of her children. I did graduate from public school and I was ahead of my class so the only reason why I enjoyed going to school was to visit my friends. Most of my siblings are more mature than public school children their same age but I have two sisters with disabilites. While I was being homeschooled, honestly, I was bored but homeschooling for me was more as an at your own pace school rather than wait for everyone in your class to understand. Now that I am working on attending college, I don't feel like I lost anything from being homeschooled but gained knowledge that seems to be diminishing from the public school system. I also have social skills that allow me to talk with anyone without being afraid-something I have seen in alot of public school kids where they are afraid to talk with anyone too much older or younger than themselves. My fiance also was homeschooled his whole life and he is really easy to talk with not only to me but I watch how he interacts with others. I am thinking about homeschooling my own kids when I have them. If you want any more insight or questions answered concerning this, feel free to IM me or email me.
Heres a list of the things I liked and didn't like about being home schooled.
Got to spend lots of time with my family.
I had very flexible hours... if there was something I wanted to do in the morning I could do it, and then do school in the afternoon.
I learned socialization skills with ALL ages, races, etc.
If I didn't have clean clothes for school I could at least wear pajamas.
Got to take classes up at the college. My brother was in 5th grade when he took a science class at the college.
I got to learn subjects that weren't common in public schools. (ex. I took basic latin and caligraphy)
I could spend as much time as I wanted on each subject. I was flying by in history, so instead of wasting time studying something I already knew, I spent it on improving my math (my weakest subject).
Got to spend lots of time with my family (yes this is a pro AND a con!)
It was harder (but not impossible) to find sports teams, art classes, etc. That's mostly because I live in a small town though.. you can usually join a sports team for recreation, and take an art class at craft stores like Jo-Anns.
Once I started working (food service) I had a hard time at first keeping up with the fast paced schedule.. I was used to working at my own pace.
Theres more to both but I have to go to work. Hope this helps :)
Well, I was homeschooled for the last two years of high school. Despite the fact that I had been in public school for 11 years, I loved homeschooling. I was able to work at my pace--If I understood something, I could move through it quickly, but if I was having trouble with it, I could spend more time on it. I was able to work. I had plenty of friends, even though we had moved across the country. I probably socialized too much. I finished in nine months--one year earlier than what I would have graduated had I been in public school.
Really, the satisfaction with homeschooling depends on how the parent and student handles it.
I personally learned how to overcome my shyness. I feel more comfortable with myself and with other people.
I'm so glad that I never had to put up with all the nonsense in public schools. Homeschooling isn't just about education, it's about relationships. Education just for the sake of it doesn't do any good. However, education built on Godly relationships has everlasting results!
Matthew 16:26 "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
There's a book that you can get from Vision Forum ( http://www.visionforum.com ), "Safely Home", that explains the hebrew's education system (relationship based) verses the greek's (knowledge based), and the differences that it makes. It's one of the best books I've ever read!
I was homeschooled from kindergarten to grade 7, then attended Christian school for 3 years. I finally started attending public school in grade 10, and graduated from that school. My academic foundation was really strong as a result of homeschooling. (Grammar rules, for example...) Unfortunately, I suffered tremendously in areas such as science, phys. ed., and art. These are activities which require group participation in order to fully grasp the concepts and/or reap the benefits, and homeschooling is not a group environment. Also, I found I lacked confidence, independance, and individuality. These are things I have had to learn as an adult, and it is extremely frustrating, even now, when I find myself in a situation where I don't know the expected and appropriate behaviour. It has effected me in the work environment also, as I find I expect a lot of one-one-one training...it is difficult for me to just do a task without repeatedly seeking guidance and approval from a supervisor. I have to consciously decide to complete an entire task before asking any questions of my supervisors, and I believe it slows me down compared to others. It's not that I don't understand the task...it is simply that I became accustomed to direct supervision and a play-by-play on my progress. It's hard to let go of that. As a person who has experienced such a variety of education, I have resolved that my children will attend public school from kindergarten through graduation. I want them to be well-rounded and confident individuals, from both social and academic perspectives. Two of the most common arguements I have heard in favor of homeschooling are this:
One: "Children should be sheltered from "ungodly" teaching and influences." My response would be that they have to live in the real world sooner or later, so they may as well be equipped with the appropriate coping methods early on. If you allow them to experience real life while you are still in a position to teach them and guide their responses to those circumstances, they will be better off than if they are sheltered from it their whole life, then suddenly get let loose in the world to figure things out for themselves, often without you there!
Two: "Children get picked on and bullied in public schools, and the education quality is poor." Well, I can't speak for every country, or even every region of the country in which I live; however, if you are willing to invest yourself in your child's education full-time, then imagine how well your child will do if you are able to put that same energy into supplementing the education provided by the school system! Help with homework, involve your kids in extra-curricular activites, etc. They will benefit tremendously. And yes, some kids get bullied at school, that's true. While each bullying situation is unique and requires it's own response, in general, kids do need to learn how to protect themselves and how to work within the system to ensure their own safety. These are essential skills for success later in life!
It all depends on who you are. I'm not going to knock hs for everyone, because some love it, but personally I hated it. It was very boring, and I was often lonely. But, then again I was pulled from school against my will. Which, I would never do to my child.
If I wasn't homeschooled, I would be nowhere near where I am today. Look at all the famous homeschooled people. Almost all celebrity teens have to be homeschooled. It just makes you education more solid instead of a system designed to accommodate everyone.
I hated being homeschooled! It limited the ammount of friends i had and pretty much ruined my social life... though it has obvious benefits for my education as i get good marks now that I'm in normaly school i wish i hadn't been homeschooled past a certain point!
Well, I am home schooled and I am reallu upset because I would love to have the experience of waking up early and meeting with friends, having more than one teacher! But I only have one teacher which I see on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. So I have three days off. Each lesson is only 2 hours!! So basically, it sucks.
I was homeschooled, and I loved it. Most of the people I know who were homeschooled feel the some way. If you'd like more information feel free to contact me; my email and such is in my profile. I don't know what else to tell you at this point.
I loved my homeschooling experience. I was pulled out of public school in the first week of first grade. During highschool homeschooling allowed me to work and learn. After taking my basic science classes I focused on fire science. It helped me get ahead of the game when I graduated. Now just 3 years out of high school I'm an Arson Investigator. Most of the people I work with every day are at least 10 years older than me. Homeschooling allowed me to learn social skills with every age, gender, and race. Sports were not an issue for me. There were so many homeschool baseball, basketball, football, are other sports I could have joined. Homeschool has come out of the dark ages. It's big business now and there are many doors of oppertunity out there for you. All you have to do is open your eyes and look for them.
I don't like home students bc, casa students don't have open minds.
Casa students are not up to sport standards.
CAsa students are momie litta kids.
Lets see home schooling for me was really great and awsome. I started in 10th grade I was starting my second semester. I just got tired of going to school and my math teacher would not help me at all on my math problems. So I had to talk to the counslor about her and stuff and it still didnt work so I was like I quit im not taking this no more. I wanted to get a better education for myself I at least deserved it. So I asked a friend which home schooling online program she was doing and she told me so I my mom contacted them and I got enrolled in it right away. It really helped me and the best part i got to keep my credits that i got in high school and got to transfer them to that online school. I graduated my normal year and stuff because I took my time and didnt rush to get it done. In the end it was worth it even though it was a lil pricey but well worth it. I'm glad I sort of went home schooling because I didnt have to put up with the immature ppl that I went to school with and I payed attiton alot more and made better grade then I did then when I was in school. I missed all of my friends though while I was homeschooled cuz I hardley ever got to see them or anything. That goes with it I guess. So I think that homeschooling is a good thing. Its better then public school at least where im from it is. Hoped I helped you in someway for your paper. Good Luck!
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