Homeschooling: A 6-year-old’s Perspective
I talk a lot about homeschooling from my perspective – the mom and teacher. But I have recently realized that I’ve never actually talked about or presented anything from my son’s perspective. He is, after all, the other half of this homeschooling equation! Without him, our homeschool doesn’t exist. So I thought it would be nice to share some of his thoughts about what it’s like to be homeschooled and how he feels about it.
I decided to ask him a series of interview questions. As soon as he knew that he was going to be helping me write for this blog, he got very excited. He is always interested in what I do here and wants to start his own blog or vlog someday…I can see a project in our very near future! 😉
I found quite a few of his answers enlightening and I now have a little bit of insight into what matters to him (apparently fun and snacks are really crucial LOL.) Some of his answers just blew me away, like his thoughts on science and history.
Here’s our little interview…remember, he’s only 6!
Kristi: What is homeschooling?
Ace: Homeschooling is when you go to school at home.
Kristi: What does homeschooling mean to you?
Ace: Homeschooling is comforting. You get to spend more time with your family. You work on your math balance* and reading.
Kristi: What do you think about your mom being your teacher?
Ace: It’s kind of fun. She’s your teacher but she’s also your mom.
Kristi: Is it ever hard to have your mom as your teacher?
Ace: Yes because sometimes we go through rough times.
Kristi: Do you ever wish you went to traditional school?
Ace: No. It’s not as fun at all. It’s really long and I won’t have any time to play. And you can’t sleep in – you won’t get as much sleep. You won’t get as much food because there aren’t very many snacks and you have to bring a lunch.
Kristi: What things do you do when you are homeschooling?
Ace: You learn and play. You play with science experiments sometimes.
Kristi: What helps you learn?
Ace: Homeschooling helps me learn more and it’s more fun. Doing something while a video is happening helps me learn more. Library books also help you learn about stuff.
Kristi: What is your favorite thing about homeschooling?
Ace: My favorite thing is history because I always like to learn more about back in the old days. History is kind of like science because it’s like a whole new world of experience. I like learning about about art too. It helps me learn more techniques.
Kristi: What is your least favorite thing about homeschooling?
Ace: Spelling is my least favorite thing. I like reading but I don’t like spelling very much. It just isn’t fun for me.
Kristi: Does everything in homeschooling have to be fun?
Ace: No. It’s about learning not about fun.
Kristi: What is your favorite thing to learn?
Ace: I have to say that I never want to stop learning about dinosaurs.
Kristi: What would you do differently if you were in charge of your homeschool?
Ace: I wouldn’t do as many spelling words. We would just do reading and spelling in our head. I would do my math lessons differently. Everything would be easier because I could do it any way I wanted.
Kristi: What would you keep the same?
Kristi: How do you feel about your homeschooling groups and the activities we do?
Ace: I like it. I like the activities and the fun we have. One time we made a little book. We have field trips to the zoo and other places. And parties.
Kristi: What are your favorite homeschooling places to go?
Ace: The zoo, homeschool groups, Club 7, the DoSeum, [can I say home?] home, parks, and the library.
Kristi: What about making friends? Do you have trouble with that?
Ace: Sometimes I have trouble making friends but not usually. It depends on the kind of person they are. We start chatting and eventually become friends. If we both homeschool, it’s pretty easy to make friends because I can meet them at homeschool group. It’s harder to make friends that don’t homeschool because you have to meet them over the summer.
Kristi: What would you tell a child who is about to start homeschooling?
Ace: This is what homeschooling will be like. You will be able to spend more time with your family. You will be in your beautiful house. After school you will be able to have snacks and play as long as you want. Homeschooling isn’t as long as public schooling.
Kristi: Is there anything else you’d like to say about homeschooling?
Ace: It’s kind of like you’re at school but with your family. Homeschooling is pretty fun: you have the abacus* and math balance for math, dice for reading games, and books for history. It’s pretty fun. I like homeschooling and I want to keep doing it. You can have snacks any time you want and go to the park anytime you want. I can do anything and go back to school at any time. Homeschool is fun for me. Period. The End. (He was very insistent that I end his interview this exact way haha.)
(*Note: These are manipulatives for the math curriculum we use.)
In a surprise twist, my son was inspired to ask me a few interview questions of his own! This is the essence of homeschooling for us: being inspired to learn by the things that happen around us and exploring concepts and ideas right in the moment. I love that once his interview was over, he wanted to interview me as well!
Ace: What is it like to be a mom and teacher at one time?
Kristi: It is very rewarding and fun but also can be very challenging. Because you have to wear both hats and house rules double as school rules. So any difficulties you have with house rules inevitably spill over into school time.
Ace: What is it like to be a teacher?
Kristi: I love it! It does take a lot of time and planning. And I am constantly adjusting our schedule and workload based on what works for us and what doesn’t.
Ace: What is it like to homeschool an almost 6 ½ year-old boy in first grade?
Kristi: It’s great! He can do so many things and there are lots of things he enjoys. We are currently planning lots of field trips so that we can learn about all sorts of things out in the real world. Now that he is really reading well, it opens up a whole new way of interacting with museums and activities.
Ace: What will you do when I’m big enough to homeschool my children?
Kristi: I will be encouraging and supportive. If you have questions or need help, I will be happy to lend a hand. But I will make sure that I don’t get in the way of what you’re doing so that you can make the choices you think are best for you and your family.
Ace: Is there anything else you would like to say?
Kristi: I love to homeschool and the freedom it gives our family is priceless. I love being able to go to different places and learn about new things. We are able to do things together as a family that we would never be able to do otherwise and we are only just beginning. I can’t wait to see where this homeschooling journey takes us!
I would love to hear what your children think about homeschooling! Ask them some of these questions and let me know their answers in the comments. You might be surprised at what they say!
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