Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Missouri (for now)
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I got that a lot, but of course, I mostly got the "socialization" question. To which I always responded that there were plenty of homeschool groups, and that I'd always been active in mine - I won awards in several competitions my local group put on, actually. I was never incredibly social, but that was just my personality (and also because not too many people homeschooled in our area of Missouri when we moved here, and a lot of them were the stereotypical homeschoolers that I didn't want to associate with - I'm such a snob, LOL). And I got "but there are so many more resources in public school!" to which I always pointed out that I had a chemistry set, a microscope, a telescope, and a herd of breeding rabbits to teach me science, along with a library card to take care of English and history. Not to mention that 80% of time in public schools is organizational and only 20% is on task. Actually, when I was young, the state of Nevada required homeschoolers to be tested every year - they dropped that requirement when I was about nine, because the homeschoolers were almost exclusively the students at the higher end of the spectrum, while the public schoolers were considerably below them.
My mom started to homeschool me though when I was in first grade, as I mentioned - I had a wonderful experience in kindergarten, because my teacher, Mrs. Black, had recognized that I was further along, and she'd get packets of worksheets from the teachers in the other grades for me to do, and have me tutor the other kids in my class. I still remember getting those big folders of worksheets and feeling like it was Christmas. First grade was the exact opposite. Two teachers, 33 kids, and one ADHD boy got all the attention. By the time the first parent-teacher conference rolled around, my mom asked what level I was at and they had no idea. I was at third grade math, fifth grade reading. I sobbed and begged my mother not to send me to school every day. It was too boring. So she homeschooled me. I would read stacks of books as big as I was, I watched educational TV shows (and "Star Trek"...), I thrived. By ten, I could read at a college level. I skipped second grade, and then I skipped fourth and fifth (we thought I was doing fifth grade work, but we'd ordered the A Beka curriculum that year, and then we'd borrowed the sixth grade curriculum from a friend and I pointed out to my mom that it was the same thing I'd done. Turns out the placement test I'd taken had caused them to send us the sixth grade books.
The only trouble I ever had with homeschooling was when I got into college - I was so used to teaching myself and being able to move on when I've got a concept down that I REALLY hate having to sit in class when other students aren't getting it and keep rehashing it.