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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I guess that I defied the eyes on that one then, saddlebag. So did many (not all) of my friends. I was homeschooled so that, in part, I could be taught christian values, but also because I am dyslexic\dyscalculic and have an autoimmune disease that kept me sick for years. Yet somehow, I ended up being a well rounded citizen. I am happy, socialized, and glad I was raises the way that I was.
OP, like many others, I am a homeschooler who loved the route I took. I was homeschooled the entire time and graduated this May. Because my curriculum could be tailored to my needs, I surpassed expectations given my disabilities, and worked year round to stay at the top. And as crazy as it sounds...my mom isnt even a good teacher. She is also dyscalculic and only graduated high school. My dad has an associates degree. Yet somehow I finished with a 4.0 GPA, I am in the honors society, and I've gotten multiple scholarships for academic success. NOT because I or my patents are geniuses but because we found outside supplementation for what they couldn't help me with. I took science and math with a group called PREP in highschool, and joined a co op for my electives and group things like speech andnspabish. Then my junior year, I started dual credit. As crazy as it sounds to many, I had no problem fitting in at all. Because of my co op and prep, I knew how to work in groups. I know how to talk and lead. In fact, somehow I am always nominated to lead the group.....yay. People are surprised to hear that I was homeschooled because I don't wear mile long blue jean skirts and don't have fringe bangs and glasses.LOL. I'm going into my freshman year with 17 credits. I know just as much about evolution as anyone...I just choose to argue against it in favor of another theory. One thing homeschooling taught me, is that what majority votes is t always the right choice. I think for myself.
That said, there ARE cons. For one, people will always ask you or your kid why you home school.they may be teased. I was at first. And yes, you have to actively srekvout friends rather than being handed them on a platter. I struggled with this in middle school but quickly got on my feet and starting going out to find friends. Also, if your kid is no t self motivated you may have trouble. I was, my siblings were not. That makes things a little tougher on you as a parent. Homeschooling isn't for everyone. Neither is public school. Lastly, you have to know when to let your kid experience things for his or herself and trust their own judgment. The 'going crazy ' everyone mentioned s from patentsnwho don't prepare their kids for the real world. My Mom could have done better at that, admittedly.
Reach out to your community. I bet you can find a few homeschoolers who will talk to you. Most people are very willing to share knowledge. Just remember, there are all kinds of homeschoolers, and all kinds of public schoolers. You ate bound to meet a few wackos as you go, but don't think we are all crazy!
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.