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Homeschooling, The Advantages and Disadvantages

by James
(New Zealand)


I'm a 9 year old boy and I am doing homeschooling. The advantages of homeschooling is I can learn about things that I like instead of things I have to do.

I used to get in lots of trouble at school. So Mom and Dad decided to try homeschooling at the start of last year. At first it was not very good because Mom was worse than the teacher. She was so bossy and stressed about what I had to learn. I nearly went back to school. So that is the big disadvantage is your parents might get stressed. But after a while Mom read lots of books and started asking me what I wanted to learn.

Now it is pretty cool and I really like science stuff. I have learned about frogs, planets, dinosars and now I am doing yeast experiments. I like cooking too and I make the best bread. My cakes are a bit funny though. I try experiments with cooking and Mom's only rule now is I have to eat it. Sometimes that is not so good. My friend James does stuff with me 2 days every week too.

you can try it too,
from James

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by: Annie Desantis, Parent Coach

Hi James,

How lovely to hear from a boy who is being home-schooled. Thank you so much for writing in to us.

It sounds like you are doing some interesting things, I'd like to try your bread!

Your comment about your Mom finding it very stressful at first is a good one. Many parents start out a bit nervous about it all, and try too hard to be a teacher. And really the just need to be the facilitator, the person who helps you find out about whatever topic comes up.

The world is a classroom, and there are so many wonderful exciting things to learn about.

I hope you enjoy learning more about science, and your cakes improve with more experiments!

Have fun,
Annie D

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