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    10 Cool Things About Being Homeschooled

    Hey ladies, I know that a lot of you are homeschooled. I’m actually blessed because I’m able to write from home and homeschool my children.

    There’s no doubt that most homeschoolers perform very well academically, but learning from home can feel a little isolating sometimes, like you’re out of the loop with kids who attend regular school. Am I right? Getting schooled at home is definitely a huge difference, and even though you may sometimes get frustrated with it, there are tons of advantages.

    So, if you’re feeling a tad discouraged, here’s a list to cheer you up and remind you of all the cool things about being homeschooled.

    1. You don’t have to stress about what to wear. It’s like you need a whole new wardrobe every time school is back in session. And that can be really stressful, especially if your parents don’t have the funds to splash out every year. When you’re homeschooled, you can wear what you want, even those awesome jeans you bought a couple seasons back!
    2. You don’t have the stress of cliques. Talk about segregation. The “jocks” and cheerleaders sit here and the “nerds” over there. Even to this day, regular school can seem like a scene from Grease. There’s this huge desire to belong somewhere or you’re a “nobody,” but with homeschooling you’re you—just as your siblings and your other homeschooled friends are individuals. And it’s great to be you and not have to hide behind a façade.
    3. You get to choose your friends. If you don’t get on with someone, you don’t have to hang out with them. With homeschooling, you can pick and choose the people you hang out with.
    4. It’s drama-free! When you’re homeschooled, your learning environment is not interrupted by gossip and boys. Being in a regular school can be very distracting. There’s that cute boy you adore, that girl you don’t like or that “frenemy” who’s always causing issues. So much drama!
    5. You have more of a choice about what to learn. How great is it that you can have an interest in a subject or book and have that be included in your curriculum? Homeschooling allows you to focus on the subjects that interest you.
    6. You have control over your own day. Well, for the most part. Of course, your parents dictate your curriculum, but your work is completed at your own pace. Whether you’re a fast worker or a slow one, homeschooling allows you to do your work at a pace that suits you.
    7. You have extra time to do the things you love. Most homeschooling days are usually shorter than regular school days because when the work is done, you’re done. You don’t have to waste time walking from class to class, waiting for the teacher to finish with other students before helping you or waiting for class or the day to end. This means that you can spend the rest of the time doing the things you want to do.
    8. There’s no homework. Granted, your whole school day is homework, but during the evening when most kids are plugging away at their homework, you’re likely enjoying that family time that’s so important to family dynamics.
    9. You have a much wider access to sports. The fact that you can partake in sports at regular schools or with private associations gives you a huge choice when it comes to sports and extra-curricular activities.
    10. You can snack while you work. Right? There’s nothing like a chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk while tackling long division! Makes math more pleasant!

    Ladies, are you homeschooled? What do you love about it?

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    32 COMMENTS

    1. I am homeschooled (have been my whole life) and it is the best thing in the world!!! It cracks me up when people say we aren’t “socialized”. Sometimes, we are so busy with “socializing” that it is hard to fit in school! The only bummer is, I am the only homeschooler (besides my brother) in my youth group, so it is really lonely there. But, I have my co-op friends; some of them I have pretty much grown up with, so they’re like my siblings. As far as school work goes, I am terrible at math, and it is so great that I can work at whatever level I’m at. Plus, I get to do more in stuff I’m interested in and take classes that you wouldn’t get at a public school. This fall, I’m taking Ethics and a Constitution class at my co-op. My co-op is probably one of the best things of homeschooling! I can never wait for it to start again! I am so thankful to my dad for persisting and eventually persuading my mom to try homeschooling. We’ve never looked back!

      • Yes! My favorite thing about homeschooling is that I can choose all my electives!!! So far, I know ASL, Latin, Spanish, and I’m taking Greek this year and am planning on taking hindi, too. I’ve done photography, painting, drawing, irish dance, sottish highland dancing, ballet, square dancing, line and swing dancing. Also, economics, sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitching, a course on other religions, accordion, piano, recorderm organ, violin, voice lessons, choir, and sooooo many other things through co-ops. We can just take a 10 week class and see if do. And if don’t we can stop and at least now I know and we aren’t out a couple hundred dollars from private lessons.

    2. #10…perfect! But the idea of having “A cookie with math” is pretty unrealistic. It’s gonna be about half a cookie per question….you reward yourself! Personally, i prefer my coffee & crackers 🙂

    3. Im homeschooled but act like a public schooler…everyone i meet thinks i go to public school 🙂 my life still involves drama, boys, gossip etc lol #homeschoolatheartpublicschoolerinmind #lol

    4. These are so true! I have been homeschooled since 1st grade, and I love it! People always think we aren’t “socialized” which cracks me up, cause I know how to talk to adults and little kids, and they don’t! But mainly I love the drama-free, healthy home environment of homeschooling. Though sometimes my brothers annoy me, and I have to go take a walk, or have a breakdown in my room. But I love choosing some of my own curriculum, and doing school at my own pace, and skipping a day so we can go somewhere fun, and catch up later. Also, my other homeschooled friends are great. In fact, today, we stopped in the middle of Greek class to talk about how his brother is a Math whiz, while he and I are definitely not. 😛

      • I totally agree, Katie!! So many people say homeschooled kids aren’t social or don’t get enough social interaction. That is definantly not true! All the kids I know that are homeschooled are very social, and are usually able to hold a conversation with adults, while other kids don’t usually.

      • I also totally agree! Do you guys know of blimey cow? Their homeachooler jokes are sooo ridiculous, but kinda funny 🙂 the unsocialized part is so untrue, my friend has a neon yellow tshirt that says “Caution: unsocialized homeschooler” just for sarcasm 🙂

    5. I’m not actually homeschooled though I do know people who have been. Though much of high school can be a picture right out of some movie, that’s not complete reality. We may have the jocks and geeks and cheerleaders grouped together sometimes but other times us regular school people intermingle and there’s not too many divisions. You find that a lot of jocks are actually really smart (one is my class valedictorian) as are cheerleaders. Granted, there are a few barely scraping by in school

    6. I’m home schooled and for me at least numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 9 are very very false!
      When you are part of a small home school community there isn’t any sports (9) and you often run into your frenemies (3 & 4). Also the clothes you wear (1) will determine what clique (2) you fall into.

      Number 10 is the greatest most true statement out there! I love me some chocolate chip cookies!!!!!

    7. I was so excited when I saw this article!! I was homeschooled 7th grade, then I went back to public for 8th and 9th, but I’m being homeschooled again this coming school year. One of the reasons I wanted to be homeschooled was because I didn’t want to deal with the drama at school, and to be honest, the girls my age that I am closest to and enjoy hanging out with don’t go to school with me. Sure, I had girls who were my friends at school, but I have stronger friendships with the other girls. I’m also happy that I will be able to do my school work on my time and not have to deal with a whole bunch of due dates and stress about what to turn in when. As long as my school work is finished by the end of the year, it’s fine! I’m pretty motivated to get stuff done, so hopefully finishing my school work won’t be a big issue. I’m actually really excited to start school!

    8. I’m currently home schooled and theses are all SO true! I agree with all of them except number 9. I live in a small, one traffic light, town therefore, after you turn 15 and can’t play rec any more, there’s nothing to do except travel, which is like $300. And where I live home schooler aren’t aloud to play with the schools so we don’t have much options. I play soccer and there is a home school team in a city near me, but its 45 min. away so we can’t do that either. But other than that predicament I really enjoy home schooling. I like being able to learn different subjects that I’m interested in and learning at my own pace. I definitely need it with math! LOL. I also love that I can do school in my pj’s, eat food (because i love food LOL ) and above all, I don’t have to ask to go to the bathroom. haha, yeah that was one annoying thing about public school when I went there. But yeah overall it’s a blast!

    9. all of these are so true except #10, my whole family (of six children) has so far only been able to find two places to do sports, and one of them is really expensive, and the other is really far away. all the schools near us don’t let homeschoolers play or anything… But I’m not a sports person anyway, so it really doesn’t matter to me.

    10. I’m a homeschooled sophmore and I have to disagree with both the sports, and the drama. The amount of Drama in my life right now (Although alot of it could be stopped, and the rest is just because i’m a Army Brat and my friends constantly move)… As for the sports, my parents ended up putting my brother in High School so he could play sports and do JROTC because no where around her lets you, not even the private schools.

    11. I love being homeschooled! Life is truly less dramatic because if there is dram, you just choose someone else to hang out with, its noy like you see them everyday anyway. And, at least for the homeschoolers I am around, they tend to be a more Godly group than at school. I play so many sports and in my town we even had a homeschoolers-only theater group!

    12. I am homeschooled and loving it! I started in fifth grade and am so glad I did! It gives me SO much more time for family, my horses, we are even going to visit my cousins in Colorado. There are eight of them ranging from 16 to 6 and they are a blast!

    13. I was homeschooled until 9th grade, when I went public. I loved being homeschooled, but there was still a ton of drama (especially if you’re in a small community!) and there were no places for us to play sports that weren’t really expensive. I do love public school though, and while I wish I had more free time, most of the things in this aren’t true from a public school standpoint. The kids in my school mix around between cliques and everyone is very friendly. Brands aren’t really a huge deal either.

    14. I “Ve been homeschooled. Since I was middle School age” twelve that was seven years ago or just bout. I”m in 4H club should be re involed with horse back riding, I do track&felid once a year. I do youth group at my church” I. Don”t get involed with my homeschool muchanymore hope to get back teen club I was part of in my younger teen years.. Cop up maybe?!’ I pro end up graduating in 2015. Do want to visit coleges/Unitversites this fall hopefully early Sept high School culm will be ordered”

    15. Yes I totally agree with #10!!! 😀 😀
      A lot of these are only half applicable because I go to a homeschool co-op, but all of them are true for when I’m actually at home. I’m so happy that there’s *Finally* an article for homeschoolers!!!!!
      Ive been homeschooled all my life and I love it. I used to long so hard to attend a “real school” but now I realize that God has me here for a reason. I’d never survive in a public school though, so I’m now glad that I am where I am. (See, I am required to wear skirts/dresses to my calf all the time. Like even for sports and camp. And I’m a major people pleaser. So I’d end of either rebelling against my parent’s rules or absolutely miserable, and eventually I’d be homeschooling again either way, so……) 😛

    16. Don’t forget about getting a job! People love having you as a babysitter because you can babysit anytime they need you. Same goes for any other work place, because you have flexible hours and you are available all day long!

    17. So agree! I plan on homeschooling my kids when I have a family! Yeah I know I’m only 17,but I can still dream right? I hate the fact public schoolers misjudged homeschoolers a lot! So this article might be good for them too!

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