Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 11

Today we get a three-for-one interview. I got to interview three siblings who are all homeschooled! Per the family’s request, their names have been changed to protect their privacy.

The eldest child was homeschooled for K-3, and then went to a large Adventist school for three years (grades 4-6) where he really enjoyed having lots of friends, as well as being involved with many activities such as the robotics club and organized sports. After the family moved back to a rural area for his seventh-grade year, and he found outlets such as Pathfinders and a youth orchestra to be great places to develop friendships outside of home and church. He says he prefers to do homeschool for ninth and tenth grade because he can take classes at his own pace and concentrate on special skills like the violin and individual sports. 

Max completing a baking assignment for Pathfinders & Home Economics class

The second boy is always building something — a pulley system to his top bunk, a motorized dinosaur, Lego buildings and vehicles, etc. Besides building things, he loves experimenting with music (piano and violin) and playing outside. He can usually be found on a bike, scooter or in a “fort” in the woods. He enjoys Pathfinders, as well.

Jack showing off an insect for his insect collection, a Pathfinder project & science project

This young lady spends many hours drawing and coloring, and enjoys the art projects suggested in the Five and a Row series for developing new skills and knowledge in art. She participates in Adventurers and plays the piano and violin. She has taken to snow skiing and swimming lessons for PE class.

Ella trying out a brass instrument–the euphonium–for a Five in a Row project


1) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

Max, Jack, and Ella: We’re from North Carolina, USA.

2) How long have you been home schooled?

Max: I have bee homeschooled for a total of seven years. (K-3, 7-9)

Jack: This is my sixth year homeschooling. 

Ella: I have homeschooled my whole life [K-2nd grade].

3) What do you like most about being home schooled?

Max: The best part about being homeschooled is that I can read a lot of books.

Jack: The thing I like the most about being homeschooled is recess; I get to play outside every day.

Ella: I’m glad I don’t have to walk all the way to school. My favorite thing about being homeschooled is being read to.

4) Is there anything you dislike about being home schooled?

Max: I do miss seeing my friends every day at school.

Jack: There isn’t anything I dislike about being homeschooled.

Ella: Nothing.

5) What is your favorite thing to learn about?

Max: My favorite thing to learn about is the Bible, and I also enjoy books on history.

Jack: My favorite subjects are reading, math, and history.

Ella: Right now we’re reading about Columbus [Columbus and Sons, by Genevieve Foster]. I like to read and I like math.

6) What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

Max: Some of my hobbies are Pathfinders, snow skiing, swimming, playing the violin, and biking.

Jack: Snow skiing, backpacking with Pathfinders, and swimming.

Ella: Watching birds from the kitchen window is fun. I like to ride my bike, swim, and play the violin.

7) What would you like to do when you grow up?

Max: I’d like to be a pastor when I get older.

Jack: I want to go into engineering when I grow up.

Ella: I want to be an airline flight attendant someday.

8) What is your favorite project that you have worked on for school?

Max: My favorite project for homeschool was a science report on thermodynamics.

Jack: My favorite project this year has been bird watching.

Ella: My favorite project was a charcoal drawing we did after reading the book Lentil, and getting to try all sorts of instruments for music.

Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 10

My name is Russell, and I am 13 years old and in grade 8. We live on five acres in northwestern Alberta. My favourite things to do here are dirt bike and work on my grandparents farm. I have a younger sister, one dog, and a mom and dad. My favourite place to travel is northern California to see my cousins. I’ve also been to Florida, other provinces in Canada, and Belize. My favourite time of year is fall.

1 ) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

My name is Russell Whitmore. I live near Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

2 ) How long have you been home schooled?

Nine years, since kindergarten

3 ) What do you like most about being home schooled?

Freedom to travel and do other things

4 ) Is there anything you dislike about being home schooled?

Would like to see more kids my age

5 ) What is your favorite thing to learn about?

Science

6 ) What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

I like to dirt bike and work on the farm.

7 ) What would you like to do when you grow up?

I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.

8 ) What is your favorite project that you have worked on for school?

The A-Z animals in Africa project I did in grade 6, and a solar system presentation on Mars

Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 9

Student interview number nine is with an 11-year-old young lady who recently chose to return to homeschooling. There is quite an age gap between herself and her older sister and brother, who are now in university and working at a bakery. When they returned to school back in 2013, she wanted to join in and attended school for the first time, going into second grade. She soon discovered that it is not always like on TV, and asked to return back to homeschooling. After waiting to make sure it was what she really wanted to do, her parents started homeschooling her again in August 2016. This was half-way through fifth grade in Australia, as the school years there run from January to December. 

1 ) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

My name is Eliana and I live in New South Wales, Australia.

2. How long have you been homeschooled?

My mum started homeschooling us when I was three. My older brother and sister returned to school 2013, and I wanted to see what school was like, so I went to school that year as well. I was in grade 2 and turning 8. I then started asking if I could come back to homeschooling, and finally mum said yes. I started homeschooling with her again in August 2016. So, it’s been eight months that I have been back at homeschooling. 

3. What do you like most?

I like being home with family. It’s also a lot quieter.

4. Is there anything you dislike?

No.

5. What is your favorite things to learn about?

Gymnastics. 

6. What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

Gymnastics and drawing. 

7. What would you like to do when you grow up?

Gymnastics and become a vet.

8. What is your favorite project you have worked on for school?

I really enjoyed making a whale lapbook before I went to school. In the last eight months, though, being able to do gymnastics has been the best thing. 

Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 8

In this month’s bonus student interview, we get to learn about the son of one of our other bloggers, Sheila Elwin.

1 ) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

My name is Micah and I live in Montana.

I decided I wanted to grow beans so I can have bean soup.

 

2) How long have you been homeschooled?

I’ve been homeschooled all my life.

3 ) What do you like most about being homeschooled?

I like having a flexible schedule.

4 ) Is there anything you dislike about being homeschooled?

There’s nothing I dislike about being homeschooled.

5 ) What is your favorite thing to learn about?

I like to learn about medieval times.

6 ) What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

I like skateboarding, gaming, and BMXing.

7 ) What would you like to do when you grow up?

I’ve got no idea!

8 ) What is your favorite project that you have worked on for school?

I liked the field trip when we went to the capitol of Montana.

Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 7

This month’s interview is with one of our regular bloggers!

Austin is a former homeschooler who never truly got the idea that graduation meant a stop from learning. Self-induced learning activities include traveling the nation filming short videos of historical locations, reading through 500-page books on the Apollo space program, and just about any other fun learning thing he can think up. This spring he will be graduating from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee with a degree in biology, but is already looking forward to the fall when he will begin graduate school at Andrews University in Michigan and keep learning!

1) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

My name is Austin Menzmer, and I currently live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

2) How long were you homeschooled?

I was homeschooled all the way from K through 12! Loved it!

3) What did you like most about being homeschooled?

Most of all, I really liked the flexibility that homeschooling gave me and my Mom — both with regards to what subjects were studied and our daily schedule.

For example, I really liked science in high school. While I took the required biology, chemistry, and physics, I really wanted to take an additional biology class, human anatomy, and physiology. I doubt that would have happened in regular high school, but it sure did my senior year in our homeschool! I thoroughly enjoyed that course, which was a major factor in my deciding to became a biology major when I got to college.

Secondly, is our daily schedule. For those of you who don’t know, I have a physical disability and at times have gone to therapy six days a week. Homeschooling gave more flexibility, in the fact that I could attend therapy appointments during the day rather than just in the afternoon/evening when “school got out.” We were able to fit (and accomplish!) my schoolwork around these therapy appointments, so I could still be a “regular kid” and have some free time later on in the day.

4) Was there anything you dislike about being homeschooled?

Honestly, nothing. (And my mother didn’t even pay me to say that!) Even now in college I still have a passion for learning, period. It is such an incredible privilege that so many take for granted.

5) Since learning never really ends, what is your favorite thing to study and learn more about?

Ha, ha! Exactly! I love learning about history in my spare time (could you tell from my virtual field trip articles??). It is so interesting to learn about how people used to live “way back when,” why they made the decisions they did, etc. I love seeing history come alive as I visit various historical sites and museums, particularly air and space museums!

I also really like studying biology (my major) and religion (my minor). In my mind, biology can be defined as “God is AWESOME!” My jaw seriously keeps dropping every day as I’m in class learning about some new aspect of how God created our universe. Truly, “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom,” Isa. 40:28. And, what can get better than studying God’s Word? I love studying the Bible, regardless if I’m getting college credit for it.

6) What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

Reading 500-page history books, playing with my sister, and making videos for my history-themed YouTube channel. I really like both the creative aspect of capturing video clips onsite and then editing them all together. I feel very fulfilled when I can help people virtually “visit” a place that they might not have the chance to go to in real life. I help educate them along the way when they just think they’re having fun watching one of my videos! Reading history books increases my knowledge and appreciation of different aspects of history that I would definitely not have otherwise. And spending quality time with those you love is never a waste. 🙂

If you haven’t seen my weekly videos yet and want to, be sure to check them out at www.youtube.com/tnphotobug. And, here is a link to a 60-second sampler of what you’ll find on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw2lITMzQb8.

7 ) How did homeschooling prepare you for college and/or the workforce?

I feel that being homeschooled really gave me the upper edge on practicing proactivity and other real life skills. For example, I had a bread business starting when I was around the age of 10 or 12. We lived near SWAU [Southwestern Adventist University] at the time, so that was my customer base. However, while my Mom would let me use her kitchen, she made me approach SWAU faculty and staff about buying my bread, she made me make the bread, and she made me pay her rent for use of her kitchen. Not only did I learn how to work and interact with others, but also some on personal finance and budgeting. Sure, I had a small percentage to spend how I chose, but we also had considerably larger sections for tithe, offering, and college/big savings. A year and a half ago, my parents and I jointly bought my first car, and a lot of the money I contributed was from all those years of saving my bread business money!

And, none of this would have occurred if I was not being homeschooled. It gave me a great opportunity to get some real life skills in ways I definitely wouldn’t just sitting in a classroom all day! Looking back at my college career, I am very happy for this early training in proactivity, because being proactive has helped me greatly in college, too.

8 ) What is the most annoying thing that people say to you when they learn that you were homeschooled?

Honestly, I have never had to face that problem. Wherever I have lived there has actually been plenty of other homeschoolers. So, nobody has really called me “weird” for being a homeschooler. I made a lot of friends with other homeschoolers at church, and many of my initial college friends were homeschoolers. Even with my college friends who were not homeschooled, they have never teased me at all. I feel very blessed!

Can I just momentarily give a plug for my school, Southern Adventist University?? It is awesome, you should definitely send your children to college here! I really like the spiritual nature on campus and the opportunities to grow your relationship with God. We have very strong academics, and the students here are definitely the dedicated, God-honoring people that you would want your kids to be lifelong friends with. Come “be a part” of Southern and learn more at www.southern.edu!