10 things i never expected when i started homeschooling
DESCRIPTIONA homeschool grad looks back on her homeschooling experience and relates ten things she never expected when they first began.
10 Things I Never Expected When I Started Homeschooling
Learning How to Learn
While I obviously expected to “learn,” I
didn’t realize that the homeschool
experience would equip me with the
tools to learn how to learn. With those
tools, I can learn anything - and for the
rest of my life.
Self-DisciplineI never expected that homeschooling
would teach me to become a self-
disciplined person. My parents put a lot
of my school responsibilities on me as I
grew older, and that forced me to not
only plan ahead, but to schedule (and
adhere to my schedule) to finish my
lessons. How fast or slow I made it
through the school years depended on
how willing I was to do the work. That
experience has molded me into a very
self-disciplined person today.
Life SkillsWhen we began homeschooling, I
expected pajama days, sleeping in, and
movies. While we did have those, the
homeschooling experience mainly taught
me life skills. Such as, cooking for a family
of seven (Home-Ec!), yard work (mixing
cement, laying concrete, assembling a
sprinkler system, building sheds),
managing laundry for the said large family,
coupon shopping, price checking,
swimming, and lots of animal care - just to
name a few.
I never, ever, expected to meet so many
other homeschoolers - and to realize that
they are so much FUN! I was amazed by
how quickly other homeschoolers took
me in and became friends with me. I
have formed the absolute best
friendships over the years with other
Becoming a Nerd
While I loved books even before being
homeschooled, I didn’t expect to develop such a
strong passion for learning. My homeschool
experience cultivated that passion - which
undoubtedly transformed me into a huge nerd -
and I love it! The term nerd no longer has a
negative connotation to me - it means one who
desires to learn, to read, to excel. How could
that be a bad thing?
When we started homeschooling, I expected
some flexibility - after all, we were home.
However, I didn’t realize that, if we wanted,
we could take a day just sitting in our living
room watching LOTR and feasting on junk
food. Why not? We could always make our
school up later! Perks of being a
homeschooler: schedule flexibility.
One thing I certainly didn’t expect (but soon
learned) was that homeschoolers work
really hard! Good grades certainly do not
come easy. Before we began
homeschooling, I didn’t realize
homeschoolers had to work very much at
all. That certainly is one homeschooler
myth that isn’t true. Homeschoolers work
This goes hand-in-hand with the previous slide.
I never expected my parents to be heavy with
the red pen when it came to grading my work.
They were my parents after all - until that
point, they had helped me with my school - not
graded it. Getting marked down by mom and
dad was certainly something I hadn’t expected.
However, I’m glad they did mark me down -
how else could I learn?
Pursuing My Interests
In homeschool, I was often able to learn
what I wanted to learn. For example, my
parents would give me a choice of curricula,
and I could choose which one I would like to
study. Taking part in choosing my textbooks
definitely deepened my determination to do
well. (Also, if I ended up not liking the
curriculum, my parents could always remind
me, “You picked it!”)
Grading My Own WOrk
Typically, when you hear about a student grading
their own work, it sounds like a cop-out. If they’re
grading themselves, surely they can’t be honest.
Well...my parents changed that. I never would
have expected to honestly grade my own work,
but it’s something I learned to do over the years,
and it is definitely an invaluable skill. I learned to
honestly evaluate myself, and it has helped in so
many other areas of my life.