“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” – Roger Lwein

I was homeschooled from fourth grade all the way to graduation. The way I did it was not the more conventional/modern way of online schooling but with textbooks upon textbooks. Throughout high school, I just read books and taught myself. I thought this was normal too, but looking back on the past eight years of my life it was quite far from normal.

I often thought that my desk or table was about to break at the mere weight of all of the books that I had to read throughout the semester. I do have to admit that it was quite satisfying to see the pile grow smaller and smaller as I made my way through the year, taking on one book at a time. Even though there were some difficult times, I am very grateful for the experience, for it taught me way more than pubic school, or online school would have ever taught me in the long run.

What it taught me:

  • Problem-solving

It showed me how to asses a problem and find a solution on my own. Gave it me the ability to be an independent thinker, not dependent on others to guide me through every step. 

  • Self-motivated work ethic

Every single day it was up to me to get my work done, to not slack off, and the preferred option of getting ahead. In fact, I surprised myself and got so far ahead that I ended up graduating midway through my junior year of high school. 

  • Self-critique 

I had to teach myself, do the work, and then grade it myself. This means that I had to face my faults head-on and not be discouraged but see it as a teaching moment. This was a big hurdle for my perfectionist self to jump over but it was one of the most gratifying things to see myself grow throughout the process. 

Homeschooling showed me that I was capable of way more than I ever thought. I don’t think I would have wanted my childhood schooling to be different in any way, shape, or form. It helped me to strengthen all of the characteristics that make me who I am today. I am forever grateful that my parents made the decision to homeschool my siblings and me.

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