9 Questions You Only Get Asked As A Homeschooler

9 Questions You Only Get Asked As A Homeschooler

If you were homeschooled, you were definitely asked these questions.
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Growing up as a homeschooler came with many challenges and rewards. Homeschooling can provide you with the freedom to learn at your own pace, explore topics that interest you, and to manage your time in a different way than you would if you were at school from eight to three. It also provides you and other homeschoolers with a "culture" all your own—including Rainbow Resources, Abeka, Saxon, and Blimey Cow. Despite these positive aspects, homeschoolers have to deal with being asked the same questions by their peers until the day that they graduate. If you’re used to getting asked these questions, you probably are or were homeschooled.

1. How do you make friends?

This is probably the most frequently asked of all. If you were homeschooled, you were almost definitely asked this question… a few thousand times. The first couple times you get asked, you explain that you’re in clubs, sports, and take classes with other homeschoolers. After the 18th time, though, your answers start out with laughing out of exasperation and saying something short like, “the same way that you do.”

2. But… you’re not socially awkward.

Thank you!... I think? There are just as many socially awkward people who go to public school, private school, and online school as there are awkward homeschoolers.

3. Do you get to sleep in?

Homeschooling does provide a little more flexibility in your schedule, including adjustable start and stop times during the day. That being said, that doesn’t mean that every homeschooler gets to, or even wants to sleep in until 10 a.m. every day. After all, we have deadlines, sports, and jobs to show up for!

4. Do you get to wear your pajamas all day?

This one is true.. some of the time. The ability to wear your pajamas at your leisure and the lack of a dress code is one thing that is treasured. Of course, just like everyone else, we do like to get dressed up and go out when we feel inclined to do so.


5. Do you go to prom in your living room?

Actually, no. Surprisingly, there is a homeschool prom that’s almost exactly like the prom that takes place when you attend a public or private school.

6. Have you ever been inside a real school?

This question is complicated. For the answer, do you focus on the fact that homeschooling is real school, or the fact that public schools to homeschoolers aren’t like sunlight to a vampire?

7. Can you homeschool for college?

No. But if you could, that would be pretty cool.

8. So, is all your work "homework?"

If you were homeschooled, the chance that you heard this joke a few thousand times is high.

9. Why?

People decide to homeschool for a wide variety of reasons. Maybe their family likes to travel, or they learn better outside of the classroom. Maybe it was for religious reasons, but the majority of families homeschool for reasons that have more to do with seeking alternative methods for education due to their family’s needs.


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For as long as I can remember, Harry Potter has been a part of my life.

I can remember being tiny and sitting in front of the TV and being mesmerized by the antics of Harry, Ron, and Hermoine. The second one, “The Chamber of Secrets" was always my favorite. Mainly because of the giant snake.

I never knew they were books until I was on a cruise to Mexico when I was four and my older cousin was reading one of the later books (I believe it was “The Order of the Phoenix" yet, I can't remember exactly). As soon as I knew they were books, I wanted to read them.

However, I was a fairly slow reader in my youth. I can remember being in first grade and only reading one book the entire year, while the other kids had three or four books on their belt. I felt out of place because school put me in a specialized reading group with all the other kids who were struggling to read. Yet, every time I walked past the Harry Potter books in the library, I would tap them and think, “one day."

In second grade, I was still fairly behind in reading in contrast to my fellow peers. There was a volunteer, a sweet, older woman with curly, grey-white hair, who would read with me every Thursday. We read a bunch of different things and would never judge me for saying a word wrong or stumbling through a sentence. One day after we read a particularly long story, she asked me, "what's your book goal or book series goal?"

I felt my eyes drifting over to where the Harry Potter books across the library. She followed my line of sight and smiled when she realized what I was looking at. "Harry Potter," she stated, "those are fifth and sixth-grade reading level books." I nodded, slightly embarrassed that I would even think about reading such books with such a high reading level. She must have noticed my cheek flare red because the next thing she said was, "Well, I believe you can do it. Maybe in a few years, but you'll get there."

I can distinctly remember the smile spread across my face when I returned to class.

The next year, in third grade, I remember my teacher telling me that the sweet, older woman who had helped and believed in me had died of a stroke. That day I picked up the first Harry Potter book and started reading.

I struggled through it, I didn't know much of the vocabulary, especially the British vocabulary and phrases. However, I could see my reading comprehension increasing. I graduated from the extra reading classes I had to do, my reading comprehension tests sky-rocketed, and by fourth grade, I was the number one reader in the class.

I credit the Harry Potter series with helping me get to where I am today. They helped me to realize that books weren't actually boring, but adventurous and interesting. Harry Potter turned me into an avid reader, which helped me to graduate High School with honors.

Today, when I put on my "Gryffindor" hat or when I log onto my computer and see my wallpaper, I can't help but think back to second grade and my time spent with the sweet older woman. Each time, I can picture her smile and her telling me she believed in me, which is enough to help me get through any day.

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