You Might Be A Homeschooler If… (DON’T Fill In The Blank)


A lot of you already know that I am a homeschooler. I’ve stepped foot in a school building about three times in my life for events/meetings and it was the strangest experience probably ever. My parents taught me everything I know from first grade to twelfth grade. I have graduated and I have no intention of going to college. THERE YOU GO – MY ACADEMIC HISTORY FOR ALL TO SEE. In my experience, homeschooling is the best method of education. As an artist born into a family of artists, I can attest to being the most creatively free during my childhood. Without homeschooling, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.*

BUT! This post isn’t going to be about why homeschooling is the best thing ever. (That’s another post for another time, obviously.) Nope, I’m going to be tackling something else that I haven’t yet seen tackled SO OF COURSE I NEED TO SHOUT ABOUT IT AND MAKE Y’ALL LISTEN AND NOD YOUR HEADS IN AGREEMENT WITH ME. 


Today we’re going to talk about homeschooling stereotypes and why they ANNOY THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF ME. Grab yourself a waffle and let’s calmly begin.

*Seriously I have psychoanalyzed this to death I WOULD NOT BE DOING WHAT I AM DOING IF I HAD GONE TO PUBLIC SCHOOL. That’s just me. That’s my personality. Both my parents went to public school and they are now beautifully free-spirited and free-minded people. I’M NOT SAYING IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO BE AN ARTIST AFTER GOING TO SCHOOL. I’m just saying that it takes a certain kind of strength to swim against the current and listen to your creative spirit. 



STOP RIGHT THERE. Some of you (especially you homeschoolers you) might have noticed that I directly stole this line from my favorite YouTube channel in the world, Blimey Cow. YOU MIGHT BE A HOMESCHOOLER IF YOU’RE OBSESSED WITH MESSY MONDAYS.* Please please PLEASE don’t think I’m tackling Blimey Cow. BECAUSE I’M NOT. I love these videos and have laughed/cried so hard over them. But I would (kind of) be lying if I said that I didn’t start thinking about this topic because of these videos.

It’s true – there are some things that nearly EVERY homeschooler has in common. For instance:


      • We’ve all heard the “no school today?” question when out in public.

      • We’ve all done schoolwork in our pajamas AT LEAST ONCE.

     • We’ve all flexed and bent our school schedules to suit our lifestyles/vacations/Little House on the Prairie marathons.


YES SEE I’VE ONLY THOUGHT OF THREE THINGS. Because I can’t for sure say anything else applies to ALL HOMESCHOOLERS EVER. There are lots of homeschooling stereotypes. Some of them are hilariously funny and some of them are freakishly relatable. But Homeschooler™ is beginning to carry certain baggage. And here’s why that annoys me.

*This stereotype is totally accurate and needs no tackling. *blots Waffle Queen stamp of approval*


You thought I told you everything about my academic upbringing? MUAHAHA I ACTUALLY HAVE NOT. There are a few more fun facts you should probably know about me:


     • I have probably only done schoolwork in my pajamas LITERALLY ONCE.

     • I’ve never been part of a “homeschooling community.”

     • I have no idea what co-op is.

     • Not kidding.

     • I have one sister. THAT’S IT. Not all homeschool moms have lots of kids. Some of them do. Some of them don’t. DOES IT MATTER??

     • I don’t wear jean skirts.

     • Not that there is anything wrong with jean skirts.

     • I just don’t wear them.

     • I was never strictly “NOT ALLOWED” to watch particular TV shows and movies – my parents simply taught me how to wisely choose what I put before my eyes.

     • I don’t understand a lot of homeschooling terms. People mention something and say “it’s a homeschooler thing” and I’m like LOL NOT REALLY BECAUSE I WAS HOMESCHOOLED AND IDK WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.

     • My parents are creatives and taught me and my sister with more hands-on stuff (like art museums and video games) than books and curriculum.

     • In fact we probably only followed a curriculum so that I would learn how to the spell the word “curriculum.”

     • And to make the State™ happy.

     • Even though we totally did our own kind of schoolwork regardless of what the State™ wanted for me.

     • Basically I was NOT your stereotypical homeschooler. And my point is: no one is a stereotypical homeschooler.

     • Why am I still writing in a bullet list??


You might relate to some things more than your other homeschooler friends can, but that doesn’t mean you’re stereotypical. And just because I can’t relate to much of what my homeschooler friends talk about doesn’t mean I’m “weird.” NOBODY IS A STEREOTYPE. We are all unique. We have different ways of learning and exploring and memorizing our multiplication table. If you really want to get down to it, that’s the main reason why I hate the public education system so much – it’s a one-size-fits-all operation for one-of-a-kind individuals. That’s why homeschooling is so beautiful to me.

As homeschoolers, I believe we should BURN STEREOTYPES WITH THE FIRE OF A THOUSAND NUCLEAR REACTORS. Nobody meets specific qualifications. This is a GOOD THING. We all approach homeschooling differently. The beauty of it is that WE CAN. Homeschooling is not a one-size-fits-all system and that’s why I love and support it so much.



Am I saying that I’m unlike any other homeschooler on the face of the earth?? OF COURSE NOT. In fact, if we’re going to get specific here, I can really relate to a lot of homeschooling stereotypes. For instance:


     • I am and always have been somewhat sheltered. I consider this a blessing for myself and for the rest of the world tbh.

     • I'm very introverted. This is not a bad thing.


     • My family has owned A LOT of animals.

     • I do eat freakishly healthy foods that a lot of people don’t like/never heard of.

     • Watching Nova still counts as science.

     • I don’t see a doctor unless it is literally a life or death situation.

     • I have never read and probably never will read Harry Potter.

     • I spent the greater portion of my childhood watching kids’ learning shows on PBS.

     • Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.

    • My dad was my math teacher and my mom was my English teacher, but they both taught me both (but not how to speak with terribly bad grammar – I learned that on my own.)

     • I still determine the length of car rides based on how many episodes of The Waltons it would take to get there.

     • The only way I’d get on a school bus is if it was the magic school bus OBVIOUSLY.

     • I can’t remember the last time I ate fast food.

     • The question “how do you make friends?” still bothers me.

     • I can quote The Princess Bride.

    • I’m past the age where I have to explain to people that I’m homeschooled, yet I still kind of want to explain to them that I was homeschooled because HOMESCHOOLING IS AWESOME.


STUDENTS ARE NOT THEIR METHOD OF EDUCATION. You are a unique individual. You are different from the homeschooler next to you. Maybe you have seven siblings. Maybe you have none. Maybe you learned algebra and calculous. Maybe you barely passed math and instead loved English and reading and writing. The beauty of homeschooling is that every student gets to learn in a creative and free space.

So if you can relate to a stereotype or not IT DOESN’T MATTER. Be who you are. Live slowly. Show compassion to everyone you see. Eat waffles. Teach others to do the same.

Are you a homeschooler? Can you relate to any of the “homeschooler stereotypes?” Can you NOT relate to them?? SHARE WHAT MAKES YOU A UNIQUE HOMESCHOOLER. Do you follow Blimey Cow? SPOILER: YOU SHOULD. What is your favorite thing about homeschooling??

love,
abbiee



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  1. I can relate to everything on this post ( mostly the Princess Bride quotes * heheh*). I love you blog by the way!!!! <3

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    1. *MANY HIGH FIVES* Thank you, Emma!! I'm so glad you liked this post! You're so kind. *gives you waffles*

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  2. YAAASSSSSS!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY YOU POSTED AND I ALREADY READ IT I AM SO SO SO HAPPY YOU POSTED!!!!!!!!! Did I mention I am happy you posted, because I AM. SO STINKING HAPPY IT'S KIND OF RIDICULOUS. BUT NOT REALLY. YOU'RE AWESOME!!

    THE NO SCHOOL TODAY QUESTION. OH SO MANY TIMES. IF I GOT A DIME FOR EVERY TIME I WAS ASKED THAT QUESTION, I'D BE PRETTY RICH. Not that it's a bad thing! I like saying breezily, "Oh we homeschool." Like, IN YOUR FACE ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL SCHOOL SYSTEM. IMA REBEL. AND I WAS BEFORE IT WAS COOL, TOO. ��

    Hmm... You know, I am not sure if I HAVE done schoolwork in my PJs... I probably have, but I can't remember it!!!

    YES. YES. YES. School schedule benders I use:
    "Oh mom the cousins are coming over for an hour, can I be done with school for the day?"
    "Mom. It snowed. Can I be done for today??"
    "Mommy! I have a runny nose, do I have to do school today?"
    Or even.
    "GUYS THE GOATS GOT OUT! LET'S PUT THEM BACK AND THEN STAY OUTSIDE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. LET'S SEE IF MOM WILL NOTICE."
    Mostly True Stories up there. Not all of them work, but WHATEVER. THEY WERE FUN.

    I’ve never been part of a homeschooling community either! I've wanted to before, but... Oh wait.... For a couple of years I went to a Charter School, that met once a week and got homework and stuff. Mum mostly considered it homeschool but it felt like school, so.... I DUNNO

    We used to be part of a food co-op. Still don't get it.

    You are so right!! It doesn't matter!!!! I mean, I have 8 sisters and a couple of brothers thrown in there, and I am homeschooled too!!!

    I don't actually wear jean skirts, for the most part, but I enjoy wearing skirts in general.

    "my parents simply taught me how to wisely choose what I put before my eyes" << SAME. SAME.

    So DID you use a curriculum? I am curious, because my parents have used multiple things before and we're missionaries now so that takes lots of time off school and mum is having a hard time finding stuff for us to use, and with 11 kids (I guess only 8 of us are still at home, but whatever) it's hard to teach everyone at all those different levels and YEAH.

    I too have been sheltered. Now learning how much evil and pain there is out there, I'm glad. Sometimes I feel like it would have been better to learn some things sooner. It's quite a shock when you find out how big and scary the world actually is. (Who am I to talk, I haven't even left home yet!!) But still.

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    1. That moment when you love a post so much your comment is more than 4096 words long and you have to reply to your own comment just so you can post your full comment.
      Just happened, btw.

      Introvert here!! But wierdly enough, I apparently don't act like it around my close friends. Or sometimes near strangers. (My sister met them and liked them okay?? She spent a month in Poland with them, they should be great!) This is literally me:
      Me: "Hi! I'm Esther!"
      Person: "I'm Bob, nice to meet you!"
      Me: can't I have to shake their hand. Look them in they eye.... Look them in the eye, hold it! Hold it! Don't die on me! Okay let go!
      Person: *small talks*
      Me: *smiles and nods* ugh when can I leave? Why did I come here?? I don't want to talk anymore! *Laughs politely* "Yeah, I know just what you mean!" What the heck did they just say???? I don't know! I need out of here!!!! Aaagggghhhhh!!!!!
      "Yeah! It was GREAT to meet you too!" Mr. I-totally-just-forgot-your-name-better-not-say-it-even-though-im-pretty-sure-its-bob-i-might-be-wrong *cues screaming*
      Yeah.

      I used to eat wierdly healthy foods, but since we went into missions it's been harder to find the healthy stuff for a reasonable price for so many kids.

      YES! I KNOW! WHENEVER WE ARE DOING SOMETHING DANGEROUS, DAD SAYS "if you get hurt, I'm going to spank you before I take you to the hospital." AND FOR SOME REASON WE NEVER GET HURT???? I've never broken a bone. The only time I set to the hospital for myself was when I was a baby and was having seizures. Once. #notbragging

      You know, I've never read Harry Potter either, but I almost ALMOST want to just so I can see what all the hype is about. I dunno. Mum doesn't want me to though, so I doubt I will.

      "Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card" I'm can we have a huge amen to this???? Huh??? YES. FOREVER AND EVER AMEN. HAVING A LIBRARY CARD IS LIKE THE EPITOME OF SUCCESS. IF YOU CAN READ AND ARE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH FOR A LIBRARY CARD.... WOW. IT'S A BIG HONOR. AND IT'S FREAKING AWESOME. Just, you know, as a side note.

      OBVIOUSLY. Or actually, if I were in Nicaragua where they use school buses for regular buses, I might. But they are so loud and they look expansive. I'll just stick to micro-buses, yeh?

      YES. I too can quote The Princess Bride. And I DO SO FREQUENTLY. Just ask my siblings. We all do it. I know, I know it's inconceivable!! ;)

      Oh my gosh this post was SO relatable, and fantastic!!
      Thanks for this Abbiee. It was great!
      ~E

      Oh! P.S. I did what you suggested and am going to do a Q and A vlog!!! Thanks for the idea!!!!!

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    2. ESTHER YOUR LONG COMMENTS GIVE ME LIFE YOU KNOW THAT *hugs you furiously and gives you many waffles* EEEP SO HAPPY YOU LIKE THIS POST AND CAN RELATE!! omg yes the no school question. "NOPE NO SCHOOL TODAY AREN'T YOU GLAD I'M GRACING YOUR LIFE WITH MY PRESENCE??" muahaha. ;) HAHAHA YES all those excuses to not do school are wonderful. :'''') I think I've probably used some in the past as well. LOL RIGHT?? THE ONLY CO-OPS I KNOW OF ARE FOOD CO-OPS in which case yes I'll gladly live in one because organic food = loooooove <333 (ps I'm a geek shh) We did use a curriculum for a while?? But we kind of bounced around between different publishers. When I was really little we used Hooked On Phonics (which still saves my writing life lol) and then we used A Beka Book for a while...then in high school we got different books for each subjects. Yeah, I can imagine teaching 11 kids would be hectic!! OMG. YOU'RE MOM IS BASICALLY A SUPERHERO.

      Mmm yes I totally get you on being sheltered. And I think it's important to become the kind of person you want to be BEFORE getting introduced to some of the horrors of the world. Because oftentimes the negative things get ingrained in us from a young age and it's harder to go back to innocence. *is beginning to sound like a Greek philosopher so I'LL STOP RIGHT THERE LOL* But basically SHELTERED IS NOT A BAD THING. <3

      OMG I DIDN'T KNOW BLOGGER HAD A LIMIT ON WORDS IN A COMMENT??? THAT JUST WRECKED MY LIFE TBH. :'''') ASDFGHJKLJHSHAHAHA LAUGHING OUT LOUD AT THAT DIALOGUE OMG IT'S SO TRUEE!!! Literally last night I was thinking about how awkward I sound when I talk and sometimes I forget like how old I am and what my last name is and where I live because my brain is psychoanalyzing hOW TO SOUND NORMAL and then later on I'll replay the conversation in my head a million times and regret everything I said. *bangs head steadily against table* Oh and on MORE THAN ONE OCCASION I've said "thank you" to a person instead of "nice to meet you too." :''''') I'M NOT SKILLED WITH SOCIAL INTERACTIONS.

      SAME. THE DOCTOR™ IS A SCARY ENTITY. xD When I was smaller I broke both my wrists (not at the same time, though it felt like it) and I had to get x-rays and I remember it being a very traumatic experience lol. RIGHT? LIBRARY CARDS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I remember when I got my first library card and it was like the only thing in my wallet and I felt so grown. :') YES!! Last year I had to ride on a school bus that had been kind of remade into a shuttle bus (it was weird) and I was like HOW DO KIDS DO THIS EVERY DAY OMG NO.

      I DO NOT THINK THAT WORD MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS.

      OMG DUDE YOU'RE DOING A Q&A VLOG EEEEEEP I'M SO EXCITED BRB ASKING YOU ALL THE QUESTIONS OF EVER <33333333 Thank you so much for reading and for the long comment!! Yo the best. :') *waffles*

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    3. OH MY GOAH REALLY?!?!?!?!?!????? I WAS SO AFRAID IT WOULD BE TOO LONG AND YOU WOULD BE LIKE "GEEZ JUST WRITE A POST ON YOUR OWN BLOG, STOP HOGGING MY COMMENT SPACE." EXCEPT, YOU KNOW, NICER BECAUSE YOU ARE SUUUPER DUUPER NICE AND LOVELY!!!!!
      YES! YES! GOSH WE ARE LIKE TWINS.
      Okay cool!! Yeah we've done lots of random stuff too. I guess that's the definition of homeschool, right?? ๐Ÿ˜
      I KNOW. BASICALLY.
      That is SOO true!! It really is sad and kind of horrifying the things young children learn in school these days. Children are supposed to be innocent and trusting and adorable and here is the government trying to turn them into adults with wrecked lives at the age of 7. And they wonder why we homeschool.
      I KNOOW!!! I HAD NO IDEA EITHER!! WHAT'S WRONG WIH YOU, BLOGGER, LET ME SAY MY PEICE. FANTASTIC POSTS LIKE THIS DESERVE EXTRA LONG COMMENTS GET OVER IT.
      YES! YES! OH MY GOSH WE ARE SUCH TWINSIES. I AAALWAYS FORGET MY AGE, AND STUMBLE OVER MY WORDS AND SAY THANK YOU INSTEAD OF YOU'RE WELCOME AND SORRY TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. oh wait, I do that anyway. BUT WHATEVER. DON'T WORRY, DEARIE, WE CAN BE SOCIALLY HANDICAPPED TOGETHER. I WON'T DESERT YOU!!!!
      GASP! AWW THAT SOUNDS SO SCARY! POOR DEAR! DOCTORS ARE CREEPY.
      YES. YES THERE.
      I KNOW! Just reading about school bus rides in books makes me want to freak out. THEY ARE EVIL CONTRAPTIONS. THOSE WHO ENTER, NEVER EXIT THE SAME. *CUES SCARY MUSIC* *THUNDER AND LIGHTNING*

      OH MY GOSH. OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH!!!!!! ABBIEE, MY DEAR FRIEND YOU LITERALLY MADE MY ENTIRE DAY LAUGH. SERIOUSLY. OH MY GOSH YOU QUOTED BACK TO ME AND NOW I AM YOUR BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE, YOUR LOYAL BODYGUARD, YOUR ADORING SUBJECT, AND HERE ARE ALL THE WAFFLES OF EVER BECAUSE AJFHSHAKFHHDYWYBCIMSOAJAHAHAHAGAGAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!¡¡!!!!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!!!¡!!!!!!!! YEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!
      SORRY JUST HAVING A MINOR SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION OVER HERE, NO NEED TO WORRY. ABBIEE YOU ARE SO FANTASTIC.
      Which, I KNEW of course before you quoted that... But... You know. Just thought I'd mention it! Hehehe

      YAYAYAYAYAY!!!! ASK AWAY. DEAREST, ASK ANYTHING!!!!!
      You are so welcome!!! I was happy to do it! (My thumbs aren't too pleased with me though) ๐Ÿ˜

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    4. YOUR COMMENTS ARE NEVER TOO LONG <33333 *HUGS YOU AND THIS COMMENT REPLY REPLY BECAUSE YOU'RE AWESOME*

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  3. YES. Like... I don't remember ever doing my school in my pajamas?? I actually really dislike hanging around in pjs/comfy clothes because I feel so lazy.

    Most of the homeschoolers I know/have known have anywhere from 4-12 kids in the family, but I've known one only child homeschooler as well. It can vary, and so can each family's restrictions on each child concerning movies, books, clothing, etc.

    I think it's actually REALLY COOL to see how so many homeschooling families are different! My family has 5 kids, we follow multiple curricula, we are and have been involved in homeschooling communities. But we know families who function differently!

    (also, side note: spellcheck is saying 'homeschoolers' isn't a word?? HOW DARE YOU, SPELL CHECK.)

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    1. SAME EMILY SAME. I usually only wear pajamas during the day when I'm sick so I associated pajama-wearing as something not fun haha xD EXACTLY. There are all types of homeschoolers from all types of families and environments...and that's what's so cool about it!! Also your homeschooling experience sound FABULOUS just sayin. LOL I KNOW RIGHT I'M SO MAD AT SPELLCHECK RIGHT NOW. :') thank you for reading, dear!!

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  4. It's funny that I can relate to both the conventional and unconventional homeschooler. For the first 12 years of my life, we were the picture perfect homeschool family (Veggie-tales, tons of curriculums, co-op, Magic School Bus, doing school in my PJs every day, and GOOD GLORY NO HARRY POTTER. It's black magic...), but now, my mother is basically completely hands off. I decide exactly what I do in a day. I learn through experience over a textbook, and that has been so awesome. I adore Harry Potter. Both experiences have been important and valuable. I am very happy to be a homeschooler. *raises fist* Homeschoolers unite!

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    1. THAT'S SO COOL THO, LAURA. I think there's a time when it's really necessary to be hands-off...at least it was for me. Otherwise I would probably be a not-good rebel or something. xD But yes WE HAVE LEARNED TO THINK FOR OURSELVES and that's the beauty of homeschooling tbh. *high fives* Thank you for reading!

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  5. Omg you sound so much like me!! I'm a homeschooler too and can relate to so much of what you said. Hehehe :))

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    1. YAYYYY I'M SO HAPPY YOU CAN RELATE VERONICA. <3 *hugs and gives you waffles* Thank you for reading!!

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  6. Co-op? What's that? Harry Potter? Never read those (yet. I actually intend to someday). Car ride? How many Star Wars movies can I watch on the way there? How do I make friends? ON THE INTERNET OF COURSE. XD This list could go on forever, so I'll just say thank you for making my day with this hilariously true post.

    <3

    audrey caylin

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    1. "ON THE INTERNET OF COURSE." <<<< MMMHMMMM THANK YOU FOR THAT. Another pet peeve is when people are like "internet friends aren't real friends" and I'm like lolololol go away forever plz. :') THANK YOU FOR READING I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS POST. <3

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  7. I love this post! I feel like I fall somewhere in between the homeschool stereotypes and the... idk... unstereotypes? I mean, I listen to a wide variety of music, I only have two brothers, I *gasp* am reading Harry Potter (not that I think it's the greatest thing ever, but five years ago I wouldn't have believed myself :P). But we also have chickens, and [my mom and I] try to eat really healthy, and I would *definitely* consider myself somewhat sheltered. :D That said, I really like what you said about stereotypes. They do have a grain of truth to them, but identifying people by their stereotypes is definitely not right (and honestly, homeschoolers can have just as much a tendency to do that to public schoolers to. I think you did a great job of avoiding both extremes in this post!)

    Also, I'm not sure I've ever done school in my PJs? I feel like that's one of the most untrue stereotypes tbh. But YES I can quote the Princess Bride backwards and forwards, and I'm very happy about it.

    ~ Katherine {SongBeyondSilence.WordPress.com}

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    1. EEEP THANK YOU SO MUCH KATHERINE THIS COMMENT MADE ME VERY HAPPY. :') I can totally relate -- I definitely fall somewhere in between too. (Also that's so cool that y'all have chickens!!) And YOU SAID IT. Homeschoolers and public schoolers are sometimes hard to tell apart! "I can quote the Princess Bride backwards and forwards, and I'm very happy about it." *HIGH FIVES YOU A LOT* Thank you for reading!!

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  8. This is so funny because I've literally had a post like this in my drafts for three months. XD

    Honestly going into a real school is the weirdest thing ever. I HATE IT AHAHAHA.

    HOW HAVE YOU ONLY DONE SCHOOLWORK IN YOUR PAJAMAS LIKE ONCE???? Maybe I just have a pajama obsession but oh my gosh, when it's cold out, I see no need to change. XD

    We've always joked that there are homeschoolers, and then there are HOMESCHOOLERS. Because honestly, 95% of homeschoolers don't fit the stereotypes. (Those would be the HOMESCHOOLERS XD) And they are quite annoying. WE ARE ALL UNIQUE AND LOVELY, K? K.

    I loved this post, Abbie!

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    1. OH MY GOSH REALLY?? WE ARE LITERALLY THE SAME PERSON *hugs you* Yeah omg it must be so weird to go into a real school for classes!! *cringes* idk pajamas remind me of being sick?? LOL BUT THAT'S AWESOME I SAY WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY GO FOR IT. *high fives* yaaas exactly!! we are all unique and lovely. <3333

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  9. YAS SO TRUE. And also it's different culturally from country to country!! Like every time I hear/read/watch about American homeschoolers, most of my brain is going "lol wut now" because that's just not how we do it in Australia. And then it changes from generation to generation...and how you go about it. Like in Australia we have kind of "free learners" and they kind of learn whatever and don't do much bookworm at all. And then there are TONS of different curriculum. And I believe my sister actually has to have someone come in and "check up" on her and how she's homeschooling her kids now because that's the law. :( Which is dumb. Like why do people mistrust homeschoolers so much???? <--- another stereotype I hate!! The idea that if someone is homeschooling their kids it's because they want to keep them away from society or they want them to not have lives or a future or go on to further education. SO NOT TRUE!! Homeschoolers can go to uni! Homeschoolers can go get a hands on job! Homeschoolers can be artists and not do more formal classroom education at all! (HAI. ME THERE.) The point is, I think, with homeschooling...we literally can decide whatever we want to do because we've learnt how to teach ourselves. So the world is basically ready for us to take any avenue ever.๐Ÿ˜ (Well, I mean, there's always exceptions haha. You can't be a doctor without uni, and that kind of stuff. etc. etc. But hopefully you know what I mean.๐Ÿ˜‚)

    And PS. I don't think I've ever done school work in my pajamas. Ever.

    I have however been put on a reading ban where I wasn't allowed to read until 3pm because I wouldn't get any school done, I'd just be reading.๐Ÿ˜‚ Is that a homeschooler stereotype?!?

    ANYWAY I LOVED THE POST, OH WAFFLE QUEEN. Of course. *flings confetti at you*

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    1. Wow, I never thought about how homeschooling is different in other countries!! That's really interesting. I've heard about the free learners. I think it's called "unschooling" in America. I have a few friends who did that. :) Yeah, we had to get end of year evaluations, too! A certified teacher would come to our house and review our bookwork and make the State™ happy lol. YES THE LAW IS SO DUMB I AGREE. Exactly omg...we're not hidden away from society we just idk wANT A BETTER EDUCATION?? *sigh* The struggle is real. :') I also love how with homeschooling you're free to learn more of what you actually WANT to learn and use valuable brain space for the stuff that will actually serve you in life. LOL A READING BAN I CAN TOTALLY SEE THAT OMG. I think homeschoolers have a special fondness for books in their blood. <3 *dances in confetti* Thank you, Cait! I'm so happy you liked this post! :D

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  10. Oh yes, I'm a homeschooler. (And, I know exactly where you got the line in your title from. ;) Yes, it's weird now being past school - I seem to mention that I was homeschooled at lot, like you said. And stereotypes - I fit the unsocialized, sheltered, shy, nerdy picture, and actually, I have done a lot of school in my pyjamas too. (And that's one of the beauties of studying by distance, which is what I'm doing now. :D)

    But, I really like the point of this post, Abbiee. It's so true! We are not our education, and we are not a stereotype. I'm so glad God made us thinking human beings with free choice.

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    1. WOOO YAAAS *high fives* That makes me very happy. :') I know right, it's weird! A lot of times I still say "I'm homeschooled" uhhh I mean I WAS?? (This is probably the result of still feeling like a twelve year old at heart <3) I definitely fit the unsocialized, sheltered, nerdy picture too! But it's all fabulous. Thank you so much for reading! I'm so glad you liked this post. :)

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  11. Yesss! I adore this so much! I'm at college now and people are always surprised when they find out I was homeschooled (my roommate didn't even find out for several weeks). There are definitely a lot of stereotypes associated with homeschooling, and with all stereotypes there are good and bad ones. Just as long as people realize that not everyone fits in on specific category. It's still always exciting when I watch a Blimey Cow video and they talk about stuff that I always believed to be just a quirk with my family. idk.
    But I have also never done school in my pajamas and have never understood the appeal...

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    1. EEEP YES I AGREE. It's cool to see that you're not alone in some of the quirky and interesting things about homeschooling! But it's just like you said -- we are all different and unique and that's what's SO COOL ABOUT IT. Homeschoolers definitely don't all stick out like sore thumb wherever they go. I know right?? I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT PAJAMAS. Wearing them during the day just makes me feel like I'm sick or something. xD Thank you for reading, Hannah dear! <3

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  12. Oh my word, Abbiee!!! THIS.

    I too am homeschooled, but it sounds as though I might be a tad more "stereotypical" than you. For example, I am apart of a homeschool community and have been in a co-op before (basically a co-op is pooling all of your combined resources? Like one mom might not know how to teach math but can teach science and another might not know how to teach science but can teach math so they get together and swap kids. Only on a larger scale than that, usually.). My family is also pretty big (seven kids total). We don't do the jean-skirts thing, but I actually know a couple families who do! :) Aaaand we use curriculum for pretty much everything. So, yeah. Rather traditional, over here.

    I used to live in my pajamas as a little girl, so I can certainly say that I've done school in them! :)

    Like you, I have not read the Harry Potters, which is extremely shocking to most people and particularly people who are aware how bookish I am.

    I have been asked "why aren't you in school?" or "shouldn't you be in school?" sooooo many times. Urgh! And they always ask in such an accusatory, suspicious way??? Like they think I'm a highschool dropout or something (which would still be my decision, so bug off.).

    I've been inside schools lots of times mostly because we had a homeschooled volleyball team I was on and we played schools in the area.

    And that bit about never going to the doctor unless your dying??? MEEEE!!!! Like I've never BEEN "dying" so... I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A DOCTOR. EVER. I've been inside a hospital to greet newborn children and dying grandparents and to see my baby brother gets his broken limbs fixed and watch ultrasounds and baby checkupos, but I have never been to a hospital for me. Sad, isn't it???

    Also eating weird healthy stuff.

    Lastly, I'm sheltered, introverted, and never eat fast food. So we have things in common!

    Honestly I haven't entirely made up my mind about homeschooling... On the one hand, I love it. For many of the reasons you listed. Like not all kids are the same and homeschooling allows for more flexibility and teaching kids to be free-spirited and artistic.

    On the other hand, I feel like going to school prepares them for facing the world as an adult better than homeschooling does.

    Another concern I have is parents who aren't terribly well-educated don't really seem qualified to be their child's primary teacher. I mean, I figured it out on my own, but not all kids are that self-sufficient.

    In the end, then, I guess I like thgthge idea of homeschooling in theory and less in practice...

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    1. THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING CO-OP. :') That makes sense and sounds pretty cool! I live in too secluded of place for there to be anything like that *nervous laughter* but it's all good. Your homeschooling experience sounds fabulous though! And like I said, we're all unique in the way we do it which is AWESOME. <3 I know right?? I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU how many times people have been like "READ HARRY POTTER READ HARRY POTTER PLEEEEEASE" and I'm like ummm what if I don't want to??? AND UGH YES PEOPLE BEING SUSPICIOUS OF YOU NOT BEING IN SCHOOL. So annoying. "Yep I'm a truant. WHAT'S UP." xD and omg yes!! I WOULD HAVE BEEN A HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT TOO MAN. :''') *gives you extra waffles for that*

      DUDE THAT'S AWESOME YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO A HOSPITAL. GOOD FOR YOU. I've broken a few too many bones for my liking. :') But oh well. HEALTHY WEIRD STUFF IS THE BEST FOOD EVER. *high fives* True, the structure of school does give one a taste of what most jobs are like...but I personally would whither and die if I had to answer to a boss other than myself. xD But every student's needs are different, for sure. Thank you so much for reading, girl!! So happy you liked the post! <3

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  13. LOL I love this. I was actually thinking of doing a post on homeschooling and my experiences with it!

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    1. You should totally do a post!! I'd love to read about your homeschooling experiences, Abby! :D THANK YOU FOR READING <3

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  14. bahhaaaa!! having hard isn't hard when you've got a library card YESSSS and also magic school bus for the win

    thank you for this waffle queen xD

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    1. I'M SO HAPPY YOU GOT THAT REFERENCE :'''') *hugs and waffles* Thank you for reading, dude. <3

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  15. I was homeschooled too, and I don't think I would be as creative as I am if I had gone to public school. I don't think I would have had the time to write novels and actually pursue that whole-heartedly. Plus, I've found I have a really bad habit of disliking things I *have* to learn. I get oversaturated easily. I think one of the things that is good about homeschooling is I had a childhood rather than just twelve years of school.

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    1. "I think one of the things that is good about homeschooling is I had a childhood rather than just twelve years of school." <<<< SO WELL SAID. That's so cool that homeschooling enabled you to pursue your dreams!! YOU GO GIRL. *high fives* I'm so happy you liked this post! Thanks for reading! <3

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  16. "And make the state happy."

    THIS POST. I CAN'T EVEN ASDFGHJKL EXPLAIN HOW ASDFGHJKL RELATABLE ASDFGHJKL AND AGREEABLE ASDFGHJK EPIC ASDFGHJKL THIS POST IS. I JUST WANT TO SLAP A HUGE "PREACH" STICKER ON IT AND CALL IT A DAY. HOW'S THAT SOUND? GOOD! PERFECT! YES!

    this post > everything else

    xx Mackenzie aka fellow homeschooler who also spent her childhood watching PBS and looked forward to home on the prairie episodes and stinks at math because english is where it's at and never thought of public school as one size fits all until now because that is a wonderful way to refer to it (hence: homeschool = awesome). <-- You can just call me Kenzie if you want.

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    1. Would you ever mind if I copy cat this post and do my own version? :}

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    2. *whispers* it might be cool if you turned this into a linkup of sorts, Abbie ;) (I WOULD JOIN IN)

      ~ Savannah
      scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    3. asdfghjkklasfhsaSFJHALJ MACKENZIE YOU ARE THE KINDEST PERSON EVER THANK YOU EEEP I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS POST AND IT RESONATED THANK YOU <3333333 you are clearly fabulous (liKE I DIDN'T KNOW THAT ALREADY) *high fives and lots of waffles* OMG YES PLEASE DO A COPYCAT POST!! I would love to read your thoughts on this topic!! :D

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  17. YES I'M HOMESCHOOLED *highfives all around*. One of my favorite parts of being homeschooled is that I can do multiple days of schoolwork in one day and thus get ahead xD. IT'S EPIC. Plus, I feel like I wouldn't write as much as I do if I was in public school? That would be terribly sad xD.

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. YAYY SAVANNAH THAT IS SO COOL. *high fives* Oooh yes that's totally a perk to homeschooling!! I remember doing that. <3 And omg yes I definitely wouldn't be a writer if I went to public school *brief moment of imagining how horrible life would be* AAAH. I love your idea of doing a linkup! I'M SO LAZY WITH STUFF LIKE THAT THO. :') But feel free to do a post about your homeschooling experiences/whatever you'd like because I'D LOVE TO READ IT EEEEEP!! <333

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  18. I've always gone to private school - which I think was, overall, a pretty good choice for me personally. Being an only child, I've always been extremely introverted, and I think I needed to be in an environment where I regularly interacted with others so I wouldn't have problems when it came to college and the workplace. I also learn best by rote memorization, which is the method the U.S. school system operates on. But I definitely understand the benefits of homeschooling, and I think it's great for many kids! (Especially kids who don't learn well with memorization.) I do think a little regulation is necessary to make sure neglectful parents aren't saying they'll "homeschool" their kids and never actually teaching them/not teaching them nearly enough. But the freedom to design your own curriculum is important, as is being to consistently get individual help! That's rarely possible at most public or private schools.

    I must say, I've never met anyone of our generation who's decided not to go on to college! May I inquire as to what you intend to do in lieu of it? Are you going to go straight into a career around your music/blogging?

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. That's super interesting, Ellie!! Thanks for sharing your schooling experience! I love to read about the different methods that students find helpful for learning. Just like you said, we all learn differently -- that's why I think it's so important to find the method that works best for you and stick with that. Ugh, yes, neglectful parents aren't cool. Thank goodness for the internet!! There's so much learning potential at our fingertips now, it's pretty awesome.

      About college: well, my parents are entrepreneurs and I always thought that was pretty cool. I've thought a lot about college and decided not to go because based on my experience, college is not key to becoming a successful individual. It might be helpful for some paths, but I'm going to pursue music and writing as a career. So I'm schooling myself on how to best get started on the indie publishing path for both of those things. :) You're right -- going to college has kind of become the social norm, not just an option for those of us who are interested in a job that requires a degree. But for now I'm just going to be an indie artist and see how far that takes me. <3 Thank you for reading, Ellie!!

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  19. I'M HOMESCHOOLED TOO!!!!!!! *high fives* It's the BEST. And you've also never read Harry Potter? Lol I thought I was the only one! AND LET'S QUOTE PRINCESS BRIDE ALL DAY!!!!!! And I also happen to love Blimey Cow videos.. A lot. My siblings and I watch the You Might Be A Homeschooler If videos and surprisingly only relate to a few of the things they say. I love homeschooling and actually have done school in my pajamas but don't go to co-ops.

    I agree. THERE IS NO NORMAL HOMESCHOOLER WE ARE ALL UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT IN AWESOME WAYS.It drives me crazy when people jump to conclusions, but c'est la vie, oui (sorry, I love French xD).

    Okay.... I LOVED THIS POST. And sorry if my comment is all over the place. xD

    Micaiah
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    1. *MAJOR HIGH FIVES* WOOOO! Also yaaaas to The Princess Bride and Blimey Cow! *moar high fives* SAME!! I thought I was the only one who couldn't relate to all the homeschooler things. But it's cool seeing the responses to this post and how many non-traditional homeschoolers there are out there! WE ARE ALL UNIQUELY AWESOME. <3 Thank you so much for reading!! *hugs and gives you waffles*

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  20. UM LIKE THIS POST IS GREAT AND AMAZING AND ALL THE THINGS.

    First, it's like really funny because I like noting the reaction with the public schooled folk:
    "What school do you go to?" "Oh, I'm homeschooled" "Oh, cool" <--- elementary
    "What school do you go to?" "Oh, I'm homeschooled" "Oh I wish I could do that" <---middle school
    "What school do you go to?" "Oh, I'm homeschooled" "?!?!?!? PEOPLE DO THIS BUT LIKE ARE YOU LIKE SOCIAL AND CAN YOU TALK ENGLISH AND DO YOU DO SCHOOL IN YOUR PAJAMAS AND DO YOU HAVE FRIENDS AND WUT ?!?!?!!"
    Yeah, basically.

    Also I'm in a family of 3 kids and I don't wear jean skirts (though like 128904398 of my friends do) but my dad's a math professors so we actually had to do like math and science and stuff but I'm not complaining bc I like science. Also I legit did co-op for like 2 years but like it wasn't actual co-op like Blimey Cow co-op it was like PE class so idkk??

    But basically what ^ was trying to say was that yes, I'm a homeschooler, and no, I'm not weird. Actually, I am weird because I'm homeschooled.

    Now that just got rhetorical and stuff.

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    1. YAAAAS LOL OMG THAT DIALOGUE IS THE BEST THING EVER THANK YOU FOR THAT. :'''') It's SO true!! Like...wHEN DOES HOMESCHOOLING BECOME SCARY FOR YOU GUYS?? Because spoiler alert: it's AWESOME. RIGHT ON, DUDE. WE ARE ALL UNIQUELY COOL IN THE WAY WE LEARN. <3 That's what I love so much about homeschooling. (But I still don't get the jean skirt thing...like??? lol) HAHA YOUR COMMENT IS THE BEST. *hugs* Thank you for reading, Hanne!

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  21. haha, this is great. a lot of reliability! even though I was a part of a co-op type thing, I have rarely done school in pajamas (I think b/c wearing them makes me feel sleepy and not so focused? :P) and I never had the thing with being not allowed to watch/read stuff. and I think I'm one of like...two? homeschool kids I know of with NO SIBLINGS AT ALL. I used to wear jean skirts occasionally but it was more of a peer pressure kind of thing and I have an aversion to them now, haha. I must really be a very non-typical homeschooler because a lot of the 'typical' things on your list I've never experienced either. except being introverted, library cards, and the food thing. which are so huge in my life that they might as well outweigh the others xD I looovee what you have to say about stereotypes and the beauty of homeschooling. YAS LET US SMASH THEM WITH THE FIRE OF A 1000 NUCLEAR REACTORS! (also your State™ phrase is fabulous.)

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  22. I'm almost 21 and I still feel the need to inform people I was homeschooled because HOMESCHOOL PRIDE. I'm so glad you mentioned that at the end XD

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  23. I was homeschooled. My problem with the whole "you might be a homeschooler" thing is is doesn't talk about those of us who didn't have a good time. It forgets those for whom homsechooling was just a way to hide neglect and abuse. Of course this isn't the experience of a lot of homeschoolers, but it does happen and is happening to now.
    Being secluded and sheltered among with so many other things has given me terrible anxiety, mild OCD and depression. My education was majorly neglected, I can't pass anything higher than third grade math and my science education basically didn't even happen. I'm 21 and I haven't even started college yet, though thanks to the local community college I will be doing so in the fall. I know my mom tried her best, and at times we did have good schooling. But since there were so many of us kids she just couldn't adequately school us, feed us, and do everything else a mom does.
    I have friends who had it so much worse than me.
    Schooling is a difficult thing, I have and will always support the parent's ability to school their children how they would like. But abuse and neglect does happen in homeschooling houses, just as it does in other houses, and we need to remember this.

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  24. Love love love this! You addressed a heated and complex issue with grace and charm. Next time I get someone looking at me quizzically and repeating...

    "HOMEschooooled?"

    I'll probably direct them to this blog post.

    My family fit into many of the homeschooling stereotypes, but fell short of many more. I actually do have seven siblings. My parents were very strict about what movies we watched and my sisters and I did wear jean skirts growing up (couldn't catch me dead in one now).

    HOWEVER

    I never went to Co-Op. I never did school in my pajamas. I wasn't super interested in staying home to learn housewifey type things (although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that decision!). I moved out at age 19 to live in the United Kingdom for a year and a half.

    There is a myriad of reasons why one may decide to homeschool. The result is that homeschoolers are an extremely fun, dynamic, and diverse group of kids.

    Kudos to you for organizing so many of my own thoughts on this issue in such an easy, fun to read format.

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  25. ACCURATEEEE. I've always had issues because I'm homeschooled but I'm just not into homeschool culture, y'know? I mean, our family is a big one, and we do a lot of popular curriculum, but for me personally, I've always felt on the outside. I've got more of a punk rock style than a denim skirts one and I've gotten a lot of disapproval for it, like combat boots means I'm a filthy worldly sinner xD Our family reads and watches a lot of stuff that's not typical "homeschool fare" and, I mean, is probably frowned upon by most homeschoolers. (As much as we like Narnia also.) So...I guess I can relate to some stereotypes, but not most of them! Homeschoolers are a lively and varied bunch, and that's okay.

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  26. we homeschool too-but i guess we do follow the stearotypes more :) We don't have a big white van, but we do do elderberry syrup and other stuff like that, don't vaccine, have 8 kids, have had LOTS of animals, and are un-socialized :P My fav. part of being homeschooled ois how I can be in control of my schedule I think. Have a nice day! -Laura

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