My Own "You Know You're a Home-schooler When..."

An Essay By Aisling // 4/23/2004

(To follow the tradition, of sorts, that’s been started, I thought I’d like to write a personal version of Claire’s and Mike’s essays...
Happy Spring, everyone!)

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YOU KNOW YOU'RE A HOME-SCHOOLER WHEN...

…Learning isn’t an obligation- it’s a desire.

…You can memorize your library card number in twenty seconds- and your sisters’ too.

…You’re reading one novel for Literature, another for Additional History, a third for Additional Religion- and, but only sometimes- a fourth for Leisure Reading.

…You get movies from the Library about composers, artists, inventors, and the Shroud- and watch them for whatever subjects you can make them fit, that you have for the day.

…Writing for apricotipie is English, Religion, and time-consuming enough to miss Algebra.

…Art is everyday- or, if it’s not, you do it anyway.

…Science is picking and arranging wildflowers, or making bread for dinner.

…Your homework is made up of adding to a scrapbook, working on a story, composing a new song on the piano, or emailing a friend a very long letter about life.

…Recess is your watch-the-baby time.

…You get at least two weeks off of school at Christmas and Easter.

…You can actually enjoy all the three months of summer- and more.

…You can afford to commit yourself to choir and drama, because your life isn’t school- it’s living.

…You can go to the beach for vacation in September- and, of course, be almost alone.

…You take ‘field trips’ to the greenhouse to buy garden plants, or downtown to run errands, or to the park to ride bikes and walk the dog.

…You can spend a whole evening playing chess- and your whole birthday with your family.

…You wonder how on earth the people do it who have track, swim, soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, and more- on top of hours of homework and a part-time job.

….Your whole family is there at dinner- and most of you for breakfast and lunch- and you spend the time talking faster than you eat about all you read and did in the day, to Dad.

…You don’t really have a schedule, or if you do you don’t always stick to it.

…You’re never really sure when it's ‘lunch time’, and you eat at different times everyday- depending on when the baby naps, and how long History took.

…Friday can be ‘clean day’, and you can drop school.

…You don’t really start thinking about college until you’re out of highschool.

…People shake their heads and sigh, because of your lack of ‘freedom’, and you smile because you know they just don’t get it.

…Nobody knows who you are, and no one can remember your name.

…You don’t know any of the strange songs you hear people singing, or the song artists that fill the TV and radio channels, and stores’ music sections.

…Someone asks you what school you go to, and you can look them in the eye, and smile, and say: “I’m home-schooled." -But you know that only other home-schoolers will understand what that really means to you. And then, not even all of them.

Comments

lol!

That SO right! I liked the part where you said …People shake their heads and sigh, because of your lack of ‘freedom’, and you smile because you know they just don’t get it.

That's just like my Aunt who all of her kids are in Publbic school!

Emily | Thu, 09/27/2007

YES!

I so agree!! I have a schedule ad I never ever stick to it!! plus my Fridays are clean up days too!! Also, I love telling kids I'm home-schooled and hearing them answer: What's that?

Anonymous | Tue, 02/03/2009

Me

You don’t know any of the strange songs you hear people singing, or the song artists that fill the TV and radio channels, and stores’ music sections.

As a homeschool transplant, I still suffer from culture amnesia--cause public school is it's own culture.

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The Word is alive/and it cuts like a sword through the darkness
With a message of life to the hopeless/and afraid...

~"The Word is Alive' by Casting Crowns

May my words be a light that guides others to the True Light and Word.

Julie | Tue, 05/19/2009

Formerly Kestrel

A 'transplant'

Yeah, I guess I'm a 'transplant', too :D ... only from a Catholic school. Still, it's pretty weird. I like being homeschooled, though. It was kind of hard to adjust in the beginning, but if I went back to school now I'd have detention every day. :P
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"Haven't you ever heard the term,'quiet as mice'?"
--Lemon (or was it Lime?)

Hannah W. | Tue, 05/19/2009

So true!

All of those work for me except the Math and Science excuses, and the Sports thing (Swim Team!!!).
This one ALWAYS happens to me...People shake their heads and sigh, because of your lack of ‘freedom’, and you smile because you know they just don’t get it.

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

Nathanael | Wed, 05/20/2009

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion.
So are the fishes. ~ Winston Churchill

Nice!

I'm in college now, so some of these aren't to true anymore :( but I can still relate to some of them!

"You can memorize your library card number in twenty seconds- and your sisters’ too."
I did that once.

"Your homework is made up of adding to a scrapbook, working on a story, composing a new song on the piano, or emailing a friend a very long letter about life."
*gasp* The girl's psychic or something! That exactly describes what I love to do! :D

"You can go to the beach for vacation in September- and, of course, be almost alone."
Yup. Oddly enough, cloudy, raining weather makes me want to go camping, because we'd always go in the fall!

"You don’t know any of the strange songs you hear people singing, or the song artists that fill the TV and radio channels, and stores’ music sections."
I know a few more, now, from listening to the radio while driving to college every day, but they're almost all Christian songs, anyway! :)

Sarah B. | Wed, 05/20/2009

TOTALLY true! :D

Yeah, it's so nice to be homeschooled. I absolutely love it. :) Your list was awesome. The last one was my favorite. It's so awesome when my family (I'll have my 6th younger sibling in October) goes somewhere and someone brings up the question of school, and we can answer "Oh, we're homeschooled!" :D

 

Blessings,

 

Hannah

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Anonymous | Sat, 08/08/2009

cool...but...

Hey! I'll be graduating next year after 12 years of homeschooling, and so many of these have my name written all over it! But I didn't really get the one that goes, "Nobody knows who you are, and no one can remember your name." That has never been a problem for my family and our homeschool peeps. But everything else fits like a glove :D

Anonymous | Sun, 08/30/2009