Homeschooling has been becoming more popular in today’s society. However, many people are still against the idea because they are not aware of the benefits and the many different variations of homeschooling. For example, when I tell someone that I am homeschooled, they always think of the old homeschooling stereotype and assume that my parents taught me from textbooks, I had difficulty in public school, or that I am socially awkward, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. I use an online private school with real teachers that I can reach out to, I have never attended a public school, and I feel like my social skills are as good as any traditionally schooled student.

My parents decided to homeschool me as soon as it was time for me to start first grade so
that I could have more freedoms in life. Being homeschooled has allowed me to do things like travel as a touring musician and a Junior Olympic gymnast before an injury caused me to leave the sport. Many people do not recognize the freedoms that homeschooling brings because they have not experienced it for themselves. Aside from having the option to stay in your pajamas while doing schoolwork, homeschooling allows a student to have a flexible school schedule, complete schoolwork at their own pace, and make any place that has a wireless internet connection their classroom.

Moving on from the personalized academic benefits of homeschooling, there are many skills that are automatically learned by taking this school route. Some of the important life
qualities are time management, scheduling, working with deadlines, self-motivation, and
independence. This is because in homeschooling and especially in online schools, students are solely responsible for staying on track with deadlines, submitting assignments, and creating their own schedules so that they finish on time. In addition, homeschooled students have more opportunities to engage in unique extracurricular activities as a result of a flexible school schedule. Students are able to complete schoolwork at any time of the day and get ahead in coursework which gives way for rare opportunities, such as working in the mornings and afternoons at a hospital when other students would typically be in school or getting ahead in coursework in order to be flown out as a backing musician for a tour. It is extracurricular activities and events like these that help students get into rigorous colleges and universities.

Now of course, like many things, homeschooling can have a few downsides. Even if
some projects say they are meant to be completed by a group of students, guess what? You are completing it all by your self. However, the good thing about this is that you learn to accomplish large assignments all by your self without the help of others, and this only makes it easier to transition to a college or university where group projects and discussions are available.

Learning through homeschooling as opposed to being confined to a classroom allows a student to become more worldly and responsible while learning to be independent and successful in their education, all of which are important in attending a college or university and leading a prosperous life.

 

– written by IVLA student, Talia D.

 

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