Weird title for a blog post don’t you think? So why “How to get homeschooled” ?
A few weeks ago, I was using a keyword planning tool to research possible future blog posts. It gives us bloggers an idea of what people are searching for and how many other people are writing posts on those topics. A few phrases kept coming up over and over again. “How to Get Homeschooled”, “How to Become Homeschooled”, “I want to be Homeschooled”. It seems there are a lot of kids out there who really want to join us in the alternative education world. It’s not just online that I’ve seen this. Every time we stay with or hang out with a regular schooling family the kids ask the same thing “Please can I be Homeschooled Mum?”
Sorry for putting ideas into your children’s heads and sorry that they will now nag you for a few weeks or months to get them out of school.
Sorry also to all the kids out there who hate school so much that they desperately want to leave. It’s tragic if you think about it too much. A lot will just like the idea and will be Googling on a whim but for some it’s a massive big deal. Bullying and the general stress of school is, well, you know what happens.
So kids, if you found this post through Google, let me tell you a few things about being homeschooled.
First up, your mum or dad will have to stay home with you full time. If both of your parents earn money, you’ll lose what one of them earns. This will mean that you will have less spent on YOU. Less expensive toys, fewer computer games, no fancy clothes and cheaper holidays. Your Christmas and birthday presents will be science kits, microscopes and worthy literature, we call these items ” homeschool resources”. If you’re OK with that, we can move along.
It may look to you that homeschooled kids just stay home playing Minecraft all day. Some do, I’m sure, but generally homeschoolers and unschoolers do have to get an education or their parents will be in strife with the police.
Realise that YOU will have to take responsibility at least in part, for your education. We talk a lot about self guided learning in homeschooling and unschooling circles, this means you will turn your interests into your education and it’s more than playing computer games all day. You will learn computer languages and coding and create your own computer games. Any maths or other skills needed, you will acquire. You’ll figure out what you need to learn and how to get that knowledge. You’ll have to write or type and depending on where you live, submit work samples to a government body. Yes, you may still have to write some essays and of course read a load of really good books.
Do you get on well with your mum? I hope so. You do what she tells you, right? So when she tells you to write a four page essay by the end of the day because it has to be submitted or she’ll be in trouble you’ll just get on with it quietly? Mum will still have cooking, cleaning, bill paying, gardening and laundry to do so she won’t be sitting holding your hand all day. You’ll need to be self motivated and knuckle down. Oh, and you’ll have to help her with all those chores too, that’s part of homeschooling, learning to be an adult in an adult world. Some of it is pretty boring.
Do you enjoy taking a break from lessons with your friends in the playground? Well, that won’t happen any more. Sure you’ll take breaks, lots of them, but you’re unlikely to have kids not in your family to hang out with during the day. But you really get on with mum so that’s cool. It’s up to her how often she’ll take you to homeschool groups and get togethers.
If you still want to be homeschooled you need to take to Google right now and check the homeschooling laws and regulations in your state or country. I think to make a great case it would be an excellent idea to make notes and present your case with all the relevant facts so that mum or dad can look them over easily. Maybe a power point presentation? The more effort you put in now, the higher your chances. So off you go, start Googling. If you’re in the USA State Regulations are here.
You could also try making mum or dad a big present, cooking dinner and cleaning your room, even the whole house. Develop a really cool hobby or deep interest in a certain topic or activity, a lot of serious musicians, young performers, writers, science geeks, artists and sports people are homeschooled so that they can spend more time on their passion. Think about possible careers, is there a job or income stream you could start working towards now as a young entrepreneur? Find out how kids in your area can get into university after homeschooling if they want to. It’s not compulsory nor necessarily desirable. It’s very possible, your family will want to know all about that straight away if they have high ambitions for your educational career. I wish you well, homeschooling is an excellent choice for many young people but it can be hard on an unready family. Tell your mum I helped you, she can talk to me if she likes.