10 {More} Questions about Homeschooling


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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.

10 {More} Questions about Homeschooling

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.

10 {More} Questions about Homeschooling

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.

homeschool-timer

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.

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  1. #7-When my daughter was younger and easily distracted, I used my Pillsbury doughboy timer I got years ago by sending in UPC labels and $ for postage. It’s still on my fridge and I still use it occasionally when cooking. My daughter will sometimes take it when she’s using her drawing program to remind her when she needs to get ready for something else. 😀

    1. That makes me smile. I have nostalgic memories of items received in exchange for UPC labels and money for shipping.

  2. Cool timer by the way. I have never used one either except in cooking. I got a great laugh out of the question and answers. I have heard some of those too many times too count. Love the one about standing up early in the morning. LOL
    Once I was asked, while in the grocery store–“Why aren’t your children in school?” Not that it was any of the person’s business, but I answered politely and said, “They are. We’re learning budgeting today.” I smiled at their very questioning look and went on about my business. Have a great day!

  3. The goofiest question I’ve gotten so far: “Why do you homeschool your daughter? You don’t want her to have any friends?” I just shook my head and laughed as I walked away.

  4. Interestingly enough, I have never used a timer in our homeschool, but I use it all the time for other things. I use it for cooking, for time outs, for ipad time for the kids, and for keeping the kids on task. I just use the microwave timer.

    Lol! Some of these questions are especially funny. #10 is just great, though I don’t know why anyone would ask that question.

  5. “What do they learn?”
    Ummm…everything? When I’m feeling snarky, I bat my eyelashes and reply, “Currently we are working on Botany and Latin, but they are begging to do Marine Biology”.
    “How do you go anywhere?”
    With a huge train of kids. I pretend they are my entourage.
    The best comment (not question) I received was from my SIL and MIL. This year my 9 year old happens to be in their CCD class and they kept telling me how well she fits in and gets along with the other kids.
    Oh darn, I accidentally socialized them!

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