At the end of this school year, Ariana and I tried out homeschooling.

It was something we had been thinking about for a while, and now we were finally doing it. As you can imagine, I had mixed feelings. Homeschooling meant leaving our friends, switching to new curriculum, and  pretty much changing our entire lives. Of course, it would only be for a month, but still, it felt like a big change.

We prepared for homeschooling in every way possible. We bought new school supplies, organized our desks, and created a schedule. We found multiple sites and online books that would help us with our learning.


And then, at long last, we started. We were to do a combination of Language Arts, Math, Music (piano and singing), exercise, and Art each day. We were to switch to Math and Science, and then Science and Humanities, and so on. I found that I quite enjoyed my experience. I could be more productive without the distractions of 20 other students. I could also change my assignments and due dates to better conform with my extra-curricular activities. Best of all, I got to spend more time with my family.

There were downsides, too, though. I missed my friends, and Ariana and I began to distract each other. Plus, while we were at home, we could, say, go off and read for an hour without anyone knowing (our parents worked as we learned). At public school, that would never happen!

I think that overall, I enjoyed my homeschool experience, but I don’t know if I would do well if that was my actual school. Luckily, we might get another chance to try it out at the end of this year!

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