Ah yes, that oh-so-controversial topic – homeschooling.
I’ve found that homeschooling posts come from either critics who haven’t experienced the life of homeschooling or parents who are teaching their kids but I have yet to read a post from homeschoolers themselves. So, I thought, why not be that person?
I’m going to split this into a few different posts – questions are welcome – for a much easier read (I hope)!
I wasn’t always homeschooled; I went to primary school and I loved it. Nor was I pressured into homeschooling. That was a decision I made myself rather than being sent to the local girl’s school (which was also under my own consideration). I remember reading about it briefly in a children’s book and, whilst my mum was looking at highschools everywhere, I asked her if I could be homeschooled. So, we decided to look into it and ask around.
Fast forward, I was joining an online homeschooling organization – we’ll call it Organization #1. They were great…at least for KS3. But then came the time for GCSE’s. I had already taken my English Language exam a year early. It was my favourite subject, still is actually, and found myself relaxed and enjoying it.
[Fact 1 – I am not a maths person.]
The thing about this organization is that you pretty much did it self-taught. Some people work better like that, I have a friend who used them for that and preferred it. You sent them the money, they sent you the resources and you could book Skype dates with your assigned ‘tutors’ if you were finding things difficult. And so began year 1 of GCSE’s with Organization #1. I’d already done my English language so all I had left, that was compulsory, was maths and English Lit.. I had changed my tutor midway, and had (have) an overwhelming ability to procrastinate and send my homework in late. They kept on top of that, sending my mum emails to let her know if I was too late. It wasn’t as if the schedule was extremely strict. I was able to ask for extended deadlines etc. I just wasn’t motivated by maths. I was using the CIE exam board which was much harder than anticipated and suffered greatly from self-deprecation.
[Note – Teachers are a pivotal part of how a student studies but we’ll get to that another time.]
Anyways, I was finding it tough. So almost a year later, we decided that I should get proper tutors, outside of an organization. I did have a proper tutor for my English Language, she was great, but that’s not so relevant right now.
I’m going to continue this in another blog post otherwise this will be waaay too long. You’re welcome to ask questions which I will post and answer at the bottom of the next post, unless they will already be answered in the post itself.
Thank you for reading!