Hello, everybody, how are you doing? How’s your day been? How’s the weather?
Just kidding, yall can’t talk until the end of the post. 😦
So, Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the time when all those public schoolers get a day off of school. They run outside in the cold and play for hours, totally ignoring the poor, imprisoned homeschoolers who are watching from their desks. Lucky ducks.
Thinking about it was enlightening. No, they’re not very lucky. They’re not homeschooled. Just to explain what ‘homeschooling’ is takes soooo much energy. If you’re homeschooled, you probably know what I mean; sometimes, they ask the weirdest questions, and then you have to repeat your answer five times because homeschool lingo is too complicated somehow.
Therefore, here are six annoying questions you’re asked as a homeschooler by those ‘lucky’ public schoolers. I feel like I have a large homeschool and Co-Op audience, so here’s to you. *bows*
How do you learn stuff?
Uh… how do you learn stuff?
I think what they’re really asking is how/if our parents teach us without being ‘real’ teachers. Honestly, my mother never taught me exclusively — it was a combination of her, my brother, piles of worksheets, and teachers on DVDs. Now that I’m older, I teach myself by researching and reading textbooks. My brother and I help each other when we get stuck — he mans the math/science field, while I specialize in English. Siblings are critical in homeschooling.
Yanno, unless they’re wrong.
How do you make friends?
Just because we homeschoolers don’t go to school doesn’t mean we don’t go anywhere else on the planet. There’s plenty of other places where you can meet people and see them often!
There are more than a half dozen different examples from my life, and I don’t even consider myself that social!
- Church (Sunday School & Youth Group)
- Discipleship group
- Children’s Choir staff
- Acting Company
- …more acting stuff
- Karate studio
- literally every other place I go on a regular basis.
Co-Op is where you do school from home 1-4 days, then go to a physical school the remaining days. It’s a very simple answer, but everyone seems to be confused by it.
Why aren’t you in school?
75% of the time, this is asked by the lady at the checkout of your grocery store. I don’t blame them for wanting to make conversation at what could be an awkward exchange, but it gets annoying. After a while, it sounds like an interrogation.
Checkout lady: YOU CAN’T IGNORE THE EVIDENCE, YOUNG LADY. YOU’RE HERE, WHILE ALL OTHER REGULAR CHILDREN ARE IN THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE AT SCHOOL. WHY ARE YOU HERE? WHY? WHY?!?!
Innocent homeschooler: I don’t know anything, I swear! Just don’t hurt me!
Checkout lady: Of course you don’t know anything; YOU AREN’T IN SCHOOL!
…this is entertaining to me, if you cannot tell.
Do you make your own bread?
First of all, I don’t know how I want to address this question. I don’t make bread, and if I did, I couldn’t eat it anyway…?
There are plenty of families, homeschooled or not, who make their own bread. It’s healthier than regular bread, and is supposed to taste better, too. But, a large amount of homeschoolers I know eat gluten-free, either for allergies or overall health. So the ‘homeschoolers making bread’ myth is almost contradicting.
Do you wish you could go to ‘regular’ school?
You know what? I don’t. Why?
- I like learning at my own pace and in the way that best suits me
- I like being able to work ahead and take days off
- I like setting my own schedule
- I like not waking up at 6am every day
- I like learning about the things I want to learn about
Creative Writing is included in my school, which means I get to write on this blog and my novel(s) for college credits. I don’t know if this is true in public school, too, but I think it’s pretty neat!
There ya go – six of the most irritating homeschooler questions you can ask. Now, never, under any circumstances, ask these to a homeschooler, especially if you yourself are a homeschooler. That’s almost as bad as cannibalism.
*wonders how this post took such a violent turn*
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Comment me up – have you ever been pelted with these stupid questions?? And aren’t they just ANNOYING??
If not, you are 75% likely to be a public schooler, and I’m sorry for you.