Are you a homeschooler or do you wish you were? Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a homeschooler is like? Is it really like school? Or is it full time summer vacation? Can I chew gum all day? Almost everybody I meet is fascinated with the fact I have never attended a day at public school. Even though home-schooling is rapidly spreading, people every-where still seem to be intrigued with not following the "norm".
How My Homeschooling Curriculum Works
Most of the textbooks are the same that are used in schools, however they come with a lesson manual. It has daily lessons to divide up the seemingly impossible mission of reading a stack of textbooks.
My yearly course is divided to include review days and test days. At the end of each year we are given exams by the homeschooling liaison from the local public school.
After 6th grade, the lesson manuals are written to the student, unlike the grades before which are directed to the teacher. Therefore, there is a lot more independence from 6th grade on. Which is really great, except I tend to fall asleep on my book if my mom is not next to me keeping me awake through the subjects I find boring.
Do I Have a Classroom and Rules?
As for chewing gum, it is not allowed while I am receiving instructions (though I do sometimes), or when I am reading out loud. The only time I'm free to chew gum is during my homework.
Yes, I do take my schoolwork with me in the car or while waiting for an appointment. Just as anyone may do their homework on the bus.
My Homeschooling Schedule (Or Lack of Schedule)
As for my days off, Mondays and Fridays are typically the days we get a break from the traditional text books (yes, Saturday + Sunday are school days at my house). But if something special is happening on a usual school day, for example if my dad is taking us somewhere, I can request to enjoy that special day and trade it with my next day off.