Here's a comment full of questions about homeschooling that someone left a while ago on an old post:
Hi there!!! I have one stupid question...why homeschooling? And for how long? Will your kids have "the highschool-experience"(am writing from europe and over here- thx to the movies- american highschool is all about cheerleaders, american football players and the lengendary prom...as far as clichés go, that should be it...-I suppose reality is a tad different?) How do you get a diploma with homeschooling and will your kids be able to go to college? Do your kids have friends outside of the family? Very curious about the subject!! Loved the title btw!! A big HELLO from Europe!
First of all, Anonymous is a really long word and kind of difficult to type for some reason, so I'm going to give you a name.
My favorite European right now is Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame (and if you don't watch that show, find old episodes on Netflix. You're welcome) so I'm going to call you Jeremy even though, yes, I imagine you're probably a woman.
Thanks so much for the interests and questions, Girl Jeremy. Can I call you GJ for short? Great. I decided to give your comment its very own post because there are probably others interested in all of this too (amiright?). So let's just go one by one, shall we? And your questions are not stupid at all! Quite common, in fact.
1) Why homeschooling?
You can check out my very first musings on homeschooling here, where I admit that I'm thinking about it and tremble in fear and then you can read about why we finally said yes by clicking here. Spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with thinking public schools and their teachers are the debbil.
2) For how long?
We are 17 weeks into our 2nd year of homeschooling, but I was...."non traditionally" schooled, so it feels really good and not really weird. But still very new, so don't listen to anything I say, okay?
3) Will your kids have "the highschool experience"?
If the sweet Lord is merciful and kind, the answer to that will be a big, fat NO. Oh my gosh. High school sucked. Middle school would have probably sucked more, but I was at my non-traditional glorified homeschool school during that time, so I was spared that misery a bit. But high school- ugh. I was awkward and always in my head and also accustomed to not having to do things that were a waste of time.
Then I got to my junior year of high school and went to public school and boy oh boy was it stressful for all the wrong reasons. Feeling out of place and self-conscious? Check! Feeling the need to find a crowd so I could create some kind of identity outside of my natural identity as a list loving word-puzzle doer? Check! Making stupid decisions because "everyone else was doing it"? Check! Doing assignments that were a huge waste of my time? Check!
As for prom and cheer leading and sports and extracurricular activities, homeschool groups and partnerships and co-ops are so very plentiful here, offering all of those things but allowing the parents to make the schedule and be a part of all the planning and choices. So you'll find homeschoolers involved in all of those things at different levels based on their natural talents and desires. It's fantastic, honestly.
4) How do you get a diploma with homeschooling?
I haven't quite gotten to researching this part very much because my eldest is just 11, but I know that there are homeschooling curricula available that allow the parents to send in the work, have it graded, and there are transcripts kept and then a diploma offered at the end. That seems a little too restrictive for me at the moment, but I'm going to cross that bridge when we come to it.
5) Will your kids be able to go to college?
Yes! The son of the lady in charge of our homeschool partnership is actually going to be attending my alma mater (if U.D. had some kind of sporty thing to say, here's where I would say it. But they don't) next year. Exciting! And the daughter of another friend is in the middle of her first year at a college a couple hours from here. Also, because homeschooled kids are encouraged to manage their own time and make "course selections" from a young age, they tend to be quite successful in the college environment.
6) Do your kids have friends outside of the family?
Absolutely. You know what's weird? We did public school for 5 years and my kids actually have MORE friends now than they did then. Is it because we meet more people who share similar interests and hobbies? Is it because we have more free time? Is it because I'm right there, available to organize things and say 'yes' or 'no' to events or playdates? I don't know, but it's true.
7) There is no 7th question.
I just like the number 7 more than the number 6 so I'll say "A big hello back atcha from America, GJ!" Hope these answers helped you out a bit. Feel free to pick my brain further if you'd like.
Experienced homeschooling moms reading this: Is there anything you'd like to add in response to Girl Jeremy's questions? Anything about high school records/diplomas would be especially appreciated as I know just slightly more than nothing about that, ya know?