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.
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.