Today’s post was written by Liz Lambert–the daughter of our team member Jennifer Lambert. It is the second post in our “Teen Thoughts” category. We thought homeschooling moms might enjoy hearing now and then from homeschooling students. If you have a tweenager or teenager (about age 12 and up) who would like to submit a guest post for consideration, please have him/her use this form: https://hiphomeschoolmoms.com/guest-post-application-for-hip-homeschool-moms/. If you as a homeschooling mom would like to submit a guest post for consideration, you may use the same link. ~The HHM Team
I have four main reasons why I like being homeschooled.
I like being homeschooled because I can learn anything I want. I can start a subject and if I don’t like it, I can switch to a different program. I can learn any language I want, whenever I want. Mom reviewed Mango Languages which means I can learn 60 different languages. Right now I am learning German because it will be useful when we move to Germany in a few weeks. I can also learn computer programming and art. I have many opportunities to see many wonderful museums and people. I can experience so many educational options.
I don’t have to deal with trying to fit in at a school. I don’t have to worry about forgetting homework or not turning it in on time. I also can take a day off if Mom isn’t feeling well or if it is a special day. I can go on field trips whenever we want, and that will be school for the day. We visit cool places like Yellowstone and other interesting places that are near to us. I can have a different schedule every day and can do my subjects at any time. I don’t have to deal with homework not being turned in because I can make up for any missed school time either the next day or later that day.
It is good for me to be homeschooled because Dad is in the military so my mom doesn’t have to deal with a bunch of paperwork if I attended public school. We can homeschool anywhere – even in Germany where homeschooling is illegal. Since we’re American, we’re protected under Status of Forces Agreement and can continue to homeschool. I look forward to visiting different countries and learning about the cultures I learn in history. With the military, I can go all over the world and learn about different cultures and learn new languages. There are many cool experiences that are within my grasp being a military kid.
I am with my family all day every day. I don’t have to leave my family in the morning and come back in the afternoon. I can stay with them and drive them crazy all day! There are some days that aren’t good days and we just play outside all day because we school year round and can take breaks. There are some days when we get a lot of school done and don’t have to do a lot the next day. I really do enjoy being with my family all day, but there are some days when everyone drives everyone else crazy. I think it would be nice to not be with my family at all times but at the same time, I wouldn’t leave my family in a thousand years.
There are many benefits and few disadvantages to being homeschooled. I have gotten weird questions about being homeschooled. I don’t have as many friends as I might have if I were in public school. But I have a lot more freedom than I would if I attended public school. I think being homeschooled is a million times better than attending a school.
Liz is a homeschooled teen and Air Force brat. She is the eldest of four little lambs. She loves Civil Air Patrol, reading, and learning new languages. She is in training to be a VA and is fluent in sarcasm and pirate.