By Meghan K. 

I’m sitting on a nice comfortable chair on my back deck, enjoying both the spectacular view and the warm sunshine, a glass of iced tea in one hand, a pencil in the other, and a notebook in my lap, coming up with ideas for my latest LGG article, while my counterparts are sitting in a classroom. Now, I bet you’re wondering, “Why aren’t you in school?” I don’t actually go to school; I’m homeschooled. 

Shocked, right? Well, not so much for me. I’ve been homeschooled since preschool, so this is a pretty normal day for me. Or I could do my schoolwork at the dining room table, or sit on a patio at the beach, with a book in my hand, some even warmer sunshine, and the sound of the roaring waves several stories below keeping me company. 

Math can be done under the big, sturdy tree in my front yard. Science can be done planting different things in my front garden and seeing what works and what doesn’t. My art teacher is a local, learning artist. My piano and vocal teacher is a musician herself who lives so close to me that if I had an audition for a play, I could say “Hey, I have an audition coming up and I need to sing for it. Can you help me work on my audition piece?” and since I’m homeschooled, we can work on it whenever we want for as long as we need to. There are a lot of opportunities and a lot of possibilities when you’re a homeschooler. 

Sometimes, we even get to go places people don’t usually get to go. For instance, we got to go behind the counter in the paint section of Home Depot and see how they colour it. Did you know that even if you compared the colour “recipes” of two almost identical colours, they could very likely be totally different? I sure didn’t! 

Now, not every homeschooler does the same thing I do. Some go to a homeschool school for a few days of the week and then work at home the other days. Some use many of their everyday activities as schoolwork. Some don’t take summer break. But they all have the same hundreds of thousands of possibilities as to what they can do with their schoolwork and where they can do it. 

When I go places, a lot of people will ask me “Why aren’t you in school?” or “Where do you go to school?” or sometimes “Are you on break for school?” And I can say with pride, “I’m homeschooled.”

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