Because laughter does a body good, here’s another installment of search engine questions that led people to my site. A few of them are legitimate questions with serious answers, but most are funny – at least, I took them that way.
1. Can homeschooled kids get jobs? Yes. My homeschooled kids have had no trouble getting jobs. They are apparently very charming during interviews. I’m basing this on the fact that they are offered the job following an interview more often than not.
It usually comes up during the interview process that they’re homeschooled since it’s on their application. So far, it’s been no more than a curiosity for employers. It hasn’t seemed to be a drawback.
2. Can homeschooling moms ever have a clean house? Not for very long. At least that’s been my experience. I’ve given up trying to do it all.
3a. Can my child start with Easy Grammar Ultimate if they’ve never used the series before? Yes.
3b. Do I need Daily Grams if I have Easy Grammar? In my opinion, yes. You don’t need it, but Easy Grammar and Daily Grams complement each other.
3c. Do I need the Easy Grammar teacher’s book? Yes. Even if you’re an English major who never needs to crack the book to find the answer to a tricky question, the teacher’s book makes checking your student’s work so much quicker and easier.
4. Do you wake up your homeschooler? Yes. They’re teenagers. They would literally sleep until 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon if I didn’t wake them.
5. How do I make sure my homeschooled student’s credits count? I’m assuming this question is referring to high school students and college credits. There may be some colleges that give you grief (there’s one in every crowd), but most colleges are quite accepting of homeschoolers.
Most have information on their websites specifically for homeschooled students. Check the admissions requirements for potential colleges and don’t hesitate to contact them if you have questions.
I can’t recommend The Homescholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships highly enough.
6. If you’re homeschooled, where do you say you go to school? At home. Alternately, you can name your homeschool and tell everyone it’s an exclusive private school, but my kids just tell people they go to school at home.
7. What kind of timer do you use in your homeschool? What makes this question funny is that it assumes all homeschoolers use timers. What makes it even funnier is that most of us could probably answer it without thinking. I still have this timer that I got at the 2:1 Conference years ago sitting on my bookshelf.
These days, I typically use my phone if we need a timer for something.
8. What do you tell people when asked why you homeschool? Your reasons. Okay, really, it depends on the setting, who’s asking, and why. If some random stranger in the grocery store is asking, I’d probably just say that it was a good fit for my family. If someone is genuinely curious and the setting allows for a more in-depth answer, I might go into the deeper reasons we homeschool.
9. Do I want to be homeschooled? Um, I’m not sure. Maybe. If you’re having trouble deciding, you might want to know why homeschooled kids like being homeschooled.
10. Do homeschoolers have to stand up early every morning? Again, um, I’m not quite sure. I mean, mine aren’t generally up early in the morning, standing or otherwise, so for us, that’s a no, but I can’t speak for everyone.
Bonus question: How do you make a model of a cell? Well, there are lots of ways to do it, but the very best way, in my humble opinion, is to make a cell cake.
What are some of the funniest questions you’ve been asked about homeschooling? Do you have any serious homeschool questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll try to answer them.