How to Enjoy Being Homeschooled
Are you homeschooled, but sometimes wish you weren’t? There are many benefits to being homeschooled, but you may forget about them when you haven’t been in typical school for a while (or have never been). It is easy to enjoy being homeschooled when you appreciate the comforts of home, enjoy your freedom, and make some choices about what you learn. Home schooling can be a lot of fun.
Appreciating the Comforts of Home
Enjoy your sleep.When you are homeschooled, you get to sleep in! This is healthier for kids and teenagers, plus it is a lot more fun than waking up super early.
- Traditional schools have strict start times (usually 7 or 8 am).
- When you are home schooled, you can get an extra couple of hours of sleep.
Eat delicious food.When you are homeschooled, you get to eat whatever you want for lunch and snacks. You don’t have to eat terrible cafeteria food. Your mom or dad can cook for you, or you can make some yummy food for yourself.
- There are lots of things you could have for lunch at home!
- You could have soup, salad, or leftovers from dinner the night before.
- In traditional school, you would probably need to bring a sandwich or eat from limited cafeteria options.
Wear whatever you want.When you go to school at home, there is no dress code! You can wear your pajamas all day, or dress in a costume. You can even wear your bathing suit when it’s hot outside. Most of all, you can just be comfortable.
- Some schools require uniforms, and almost all have dress codes.
- When you are homeschooled, you can wear whatever you choose.
- You can even change your clothes in the middle of the day.
Feel safe.In public schools, there can be a lot of bullies or other dangers. When you are at home, you can always feel safe and comfortable. You don’t have to worry about mean kids or school shootings.
- At home you are free from the dangers of mean kids (or even mean teachers).
- You won't get in a fight.
- You don't have to worry about school shootings.
Enjoying Your Freedom
Use the bathroom freely.If you have never been to a public school, you may not even realize that in school, you must ask permission to go use the bathroom. And your teacher can actually say no! You never have to worry about this if you’re homeschooled. You can go when you need to go.
Take days off when you need to.In regular school, you are only allowed a couple of absences and after that, it starts hurting your grades. This isn’t the case with home school! You can take a day off if you’re not feeling good, or just if you got a lot done early in the week.
Go on awesome “field trips.” When you are homeschooled, you can take field trips to amusement parks, museums, concerts, or restaurants. Almost any place can be educational, but when you go to regular school field trips are often boring.
- You can visit the zoo, see a movie, or take a trip to the grocery store.
Move around when you get bored.Being stuck in school means being stuck at a desk all day long. When you are homeschooled, you can get up and move around when you need to. You can take breaks and run around outside, or just get up and stretch every once in a while. This is much healthier for you!
- Schedule time to play soccer with neighborhood kids or play tag with your siblings.
- You could also try doing yoga or just running around your house.
Eat when you are hungry.In regular school, you pretty much have to wait until lunch to eat. So what if you’re hungry at 9am and lunch isn’t for three more hours? That’s too bad. This isn’t a problem with home school. You can eat when you are hungry.
- Eat healthy snacks to fuel your learning.
- Try ants on a log (peanut butter and raisins on celery), grapes, or fruit leathers.
Socialize with friends.People might think that homeschooled kids are lonely and "unsocialized." But this doesn't need to bet the case! You can make plans (with your parents or caregivers) to get together with your homeschooled friends.
- You can do school lessons together, such as science projects.
- You can plan field trips together, such as going to the beach.
Participate in other activities.Another way to hang out with other kids and have fun is to participate in other activities. When you are homeschooled, you have more time and freedom to join other clubs, take other classes, or try other activities.
- You could take karate classes, try gymnastics, or learn about bird watching.
Having a Choice in What You Learn
Read the books you want to read.Eating and running around when you want to are cool, but the best part of being home schooled is having a little control over what you study. If you are reading novels, for example, you can talk to your mom, dad, or whoever is in charge of teaching you and talk about books that you want to choose! You don’t have to read the same boring classics as the other kids in your grade.
- Maybe you would like to read the Harry Potter series, or The Hunger Games.
Learn at your own pace.If you struggle with some subjects, but do really well in others, you can move quickly through the things you are good at, and spend more time getting help with the things that are hard. This isn’t so easy in a classroom where a teacher needs to work with 30 students. At home school, you can always work at your own pace.
Study things that interest you.You may also be able to make your hobbies and interests a part of the lesson. If you love snowboarding, you can use that to study physics, science, or weather. If you love art, you can spend time studying art history. Whatever you are really into, you can find a way to work it into what you are studying.
- Talk to your parent/teacher about creative ways to include your interests into your school lessons.
Make choices about your schedule.When you are home schooled, you might be able to make choices about what when you study. In regular school, you must follow the schedule set for you.
- For instance, maybe you work better if you spend a long time on certain subjects, and break the subjects up over different days (like block scheduling).
- With home schooling, you can develop a schedule that works for your parent/teacher and you.
- Even if you don't get a lot of choice when it comes to scheduling, be grateful that you don't have to sit in a classroom from 7am-3pm!
QuestionIf someone is home schooled, can they still get into college?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes! As long as you fulfill the requirements for each grade (including high school), you can get into college.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I make friends if I said no to going to summer camp last year?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLook into social clubs for homeschoolers in your area, or check the local library or YMCA for any activities they might have going on. Volunteering is another good way to meet people.Thanks!
QuestionCould I be my own teacher because my mom is so busy?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou may be able to do some of the lessons on your own, but for some things you are going to need an adult to help you.Thanks!
QuestionHow can you enjoy being home schooled if you hate school work?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you hate school work, that you would probably hate school even MORE at a traditional school, where you have to be there all day and then do even more homework when you get home.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make working with a tutor fun?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBe friendly to your tutor, and make some small talk as he/she teaches you.Thanks!
QuestionWill I be able to accept that I will never have any friends?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIts going to be extremely hard to do so. Since it is difficult to socialize as a homeschooler, try having some sort of plan to get out of the house and be around people. Make sure your parents know this is a priority for you. Ask if you can step out for lunch once in a while, or get music lessons, sign up for sports, or even hire a tutor. I know that having a tutor doesn't seen so fun, but it's actually an excellent way to have someone around to talk to.Thanks!
QuestionMy mother is thinking about homeschooling me. She is confident in teaching me apart from math(s) which she doesn't understand. What can I use/do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerProdigy Math is a good math tool for homeschoolers. Khan Academy is helpful as well. She could also hire a private math tutor for you.Thanks!
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