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Choosing to Homeschool After Public School? Interviews with families who did just that! Part 4

Even if you have been homeschooling a long time, these interviews will really bless you. Make sure to go back and read the ones you may have missed.

Today’s interviews are with Missy’s children. (If you didn’t get a chance to read her interview, you can do so here.) You may remember that she pulled them from school when Sophie was going into 5th grade, just before she turned 10, and Lucy was going into 8th, and she was 12. At the time of the interview, they were starting their 3rd year of homeschooling. Lucy was 14 and a Sophomore and Sophie was 12 and in 7th grade. This interview took place in 2012.

Sacha: As a child who had been in both types of school, which did you prefer?

Sophie: I liked public school because I had friends and a great teacher. I also liked Aurora Christian, and there are bullies everywhere, so it didn’t really matter. Homeschooling, I feel like I’m getting a better education.

Lucy: Homeschool because I believe I’m learning more.

Sacha: What was the hardest thing for you in public school?

Sophie: Nothing too hard about public school (I was in first grade). ACS (the Christian school), I got stomach aches every day, and when I came home I didn’t have them anymore. Certain kids were mean, I guess that was hard to deal with.

Lucy: Peers. In private school, people were quick to point out my differences (hair, chubby, didn’t play sports, etc.) however, I wasn’t a nerd by any stretch…it was just that the “popular kids” made me very self-conscious. Many of them are still in the private school setting yet being pulled into other influences.

Sacha: What was the hardest thing to adjust to when you switched to homeschool?

Sophie: Not seeing people/friends as much and concentrating on my school.

Lucy: Being home all the time.

Sacha: Are you glad your parents chose to homeschool you?

Sophie: Yes, and I didn’t want to come home!

Lucy: Yes.

Sacha: Was it an easy transition (or were you mad about it etc.)?

Sophie: Easy, not really mad.

Lucy: I asked for it!!

Sacha: If you had to do it all over again, what would you want your parents to have done differently?

Sophie: Nothing.

Lucy: Gone straight to Classical Conversations.

Sacha: Did you think you missed out on things that other public school kids were able to participate in?

Sophie: No, I do band at the school, and I do a lot of other fun stuff.

Lucy: No. I’m in a lot of extracurriculars already. I don’t need anything else.

Thanks, Sophie and Lucy for being willing to share your hearts with us!


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