Doing School at Home

I loved doing school at home.  Not only did my mother choose curricula that fit my learning style, but I got to work alongside my siblings.  In some years, I shared a desk with my brother, 3G, and while one of us was working at the desk, the other would usually be reading on the couch.  We learned time management through having to schedule our work around each other’s work.

We moved to a new house the summer before I started sixth grade, and then we had a school room.  Four desks lined the walls, mine, 3G’s, Sister’s, and Mom’s, which was also the computer desk.  For most of the morning, Mom was out of the room with the twins, so we three supervised ourselves.

We liked to start conversations, discussions, and arguments whenever one of us got to a break point or a sticky point in our work.  I would turn around and say something to 3G, at his desk behind me, or Sister would ask one of us for a hint with her assignments.  Once started, we were off to the races.

What discussions we had!  Sometimes it was a current event, more often a historical one that we were studying.  From the time Sister was in first grade up to the time I started highschool, we all did the same history, so about five years.  Other conversations revolved around people we knew or life in general.  We liked to debate everything from the hows and whys of the Greeks’ intercity fighting to how our last play practice went at church.

By the time we had two in highschool, we got into more sophisticated arguments, but less often.  3G had reached the point where he could prove his point faster and more clearly, so I argued less even if unconvinced by his rhetoric.  We still had discussion, however, especially when I needed him to explain something in the science curriculum we shared.  Though he is two years behind me, we often did science together since science was one of his strong points and one of my weaker ones.

Our computer sharing also got more complicated with two people using it for Rosetta Stone (Spanish) and two people using it for Typing Instructor besides one using it for writing essays.  Yes, between the three of us we all used it for all these things, and it became a family joke during my senior year that whenever Mom walked into the schoolroom, someone or other was at her desk, working on the computer.

Then I graduated and we moved my desk into my bedroom.  We knew that my schedule was going to become a bit odd when I started college in the fall, and that I was going to need my own computer since I was doing college online. That left 3G and Sister to their own devices.  Since I was not there those two years, I have to rely on second hand information, but apparently the conversations got more frequent after I left.  For while I was not there to start the conversation, with only two in the room, the others could talk as long as they wanted.  Before, the third person would stay out of the conversation for the most part and eventually ask the others to be quiet because there was thinking going on.

I miss being in on those conversations, and I have fought to stay abreast of all that goes on in the household.  Since the others often talk about things and do not realize that I have not heard the conversation, I have to pick up on hints much faster and ask about things I am not aware of.  Most of the time, my sister is good at relaying the important things like who is coming over for dinner and when, but other things sometimes slip her mind.

People worry about socialization for homeschoolers.  I’ll probably write another post devoted solely to that topic, but I’ll say here that living amongst my siblings was a lot of socialization.  You know what they say, you can chose your friends but you’re stuck with your family.  Learning to get along with people of various ages who know you in your best and worst moods is tougher than almost any social situation you’ll encounter outside the home.

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One Comment on “Doing School at Home”

  1. Milford Says:

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