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Homeschooling




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Homeschooling
What it meant to me
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The worm in the picture is very symbolic to me of homeschooling. I believe my Grandma made it one day and stuck it on the top of the green felt pinboard we had in the dining room, which was a schoolroom for me for many years. It presided over my schooling! 

It was doctor recommended because of all my health problems that I be homeschooled, so after part of Grade 1 I went into homeschooling and was very happy with it. I remember school vaguely, liking the cutest boy in kindergarten, learning how to play Stella Ella Ola. But I was an introvert, and homeschooling suited me well - being able to choose when to associate with people, and which people, was the greatest kind of freedom for me. All three of the women in my family, my Aunt, Grandma, and my Mom had strengths in different areas of teaching, and all of them absolutely loved learning with me. So we spent countless hours reading. I remember getting bored with the library and feeling like I'd read all the good books already. I remember reading biographies when I was in my pre-teen years and loving them. It took me awhile to graduate to fiction. For a long time I hated anything that wasn't "real," even comics, but I later became more comfortable with such things. The best thing about homeschooling was freedom. So much freedom, and because I loved learning I learned a ridiculous amount of information. I retained a lot of that - factual information I mean - versus personal information. I did research projects on dozens of things, if they interested me, ranging from Egypt to rainforest bugs to theology and philosophy. We had cable TV just for all the awesome channels - Discovery, Life network, A&E, History Channel, and more. I still love learning, and I always will.

The question that people always asked my parents was how was I doing socially. The real answer? Far, far better than school kids. I hated kids my own age because they were more interested in talking about cartoons than the ritual dances of Mayans or the beauty of the world. So I effectively had nothing in common with them and no interest. The best thing about life was getting to University and finding more people like me, who would rather talk about complex thoughts and facts than anything else.

Also, it gave my parents a chance to teach me actually useful things. Like how to shop for flattering clothing - something my Aunt taught me that has been one of the most useful skills of my life. How to read people. How to know if someone was cheating you.

I wouldn't trade the experience for the world.
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