Tag: homeschool

Freedom to Learn

If you have read any of my past blog posts, you’ve noticed that I mention one reason that I don’t particularly like going to school is the whole freedom-limiting aspect. But what do I mean by that? Let me articulate and expand upon one aspect this vague idea that I refer to over and over again – Freedom to Learn.

Working at a coffee shop two years ago with Isaac and Jadyn while my parents attended an event.
Working at a coffee shop two years ago with Isaac and Jadyn while my parents attended an event.

In my mind, homeschooling was a synonym for freedom. I could look up anything I wanted, any time of the day. I’d take breaks every once in a while to research a topic or an idea that I had wanted to know about, and occasionally write about them, such as this post from a while ago that I wrote about various phobias. I simply was interested in the hilarious and unique names for different phobias that I didn’t even know existed. As a result, I discovered the name of the one phobia I had and currently have: Ichthyophobia, or the irrational fear of fish. It’s always been a weird aspect of myself, as I’m not irrationally scared of anything else, and I’d rather have spiders crawl over me than jump into a lake with a fish. Anyways, back to the topic at hand.

I learned a lot more than just that, though. Every once in a while, I’d randomly stop my work and go learn something, some of which turned out to be beneficial to me later in life. Once, when I was learning Pre-Algebra through Khan Academy, I decided I wanted to learn basic trigonometry. So, I switched out of the Pre-Algebra tab and selected the Trig course. After an hour of work, I ingrained in my brain the trig functions and their uses. At the time, mom thought that although I was learning, I should be getting back to my actual work. Turns out, all that work wasn’t for nothing… Recently, in my Geometry class, we’ve been learning the basics of Trig, and my prior knowledge of the subject allowed me to drift off and rest in class for a few days and not miss anything I didn’t already know.

As I learned new things, I found myself memorizing things with only a few minutes of practice, which helped my acquisition of knowledge greatly. I can still recite 40 digits of Pi after not practicing for over a year (3.14159265358979323846… I’m not going to continue that), remember exactly what pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is and how to pronounce it, and list off my favorite cryptids (I did a two part post about this in 2014, which you can read here).

My point is, while school provides many new ideas to ponder and write about, it’s limited in that the teachers and administration choose what I learn, rather than myself. I learned so much from homeschooling that wasn’t actually part of my curriculum, such as how to make money from YouTube, the best buying and selling prices of various iPhones on eBay, or how to create my own non-electric, non-steerable and wood-made go-cart (Yes, I did that, and it was extremely fun being pulled by a friend on a bike down the street, racing against other kids).

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3 Weeks of School Update

After 3 and a half weeks of school, thinking up creative things to write about has become harder and harder, mostly because 1, I have no time to do anything other than eat, sleep, work, and play soccer, and 2, because the lack of sleep is starting to kick in.

School’s going pretty good, and I think I’m doing well. I haven’t been given a grade in every single one of my classes (All of my classes have been graded minus Spanish and Online Health), but looking at the other grades I have received so far, I have a GPA of around 3.4, which I hope to increase to around a 3.75 or above. Geometry is easy, it just feels like busywork, World Lit is pretty fun, except I have to pay attention to every single detail in my formatting while writing, Spanish is the easiest class I’ve ever taken (That’s why it’s Spanish I 😛 I should really see if I can get transferred to possibly Spanish II), AP Computer Science is extremely fun but will probably increase in difficulty in the near future (it’ll still be fun 🙂 ), Biology is pretty difficult, and I’ll have to increase my memorization skills if I want to get a better grade (I currently have a 3 out of 4), and my Reach classes (extra classes that are (I think) optional because I have academic athlete (where I get out early in the winter for snowboarding) are SUPER FUN, and I’m taking Election Mania (talking about, well, how the election works), and Blue VS Gray (a fun civil war class).

Soccer’s been pretty… okay… But we’ll see how the rest of the season plays out. Our last game was at Battle Mountain High School, the place where I’ve competed in track at for the past two years, including one meet where I broke the sprint medley relay school record with my team in 7th grade. We unfortunately lost 0-2, and I literally only played for 15 minutes out of an 80-minute game. Playing time for me seems to be an ever decreasing number…

But anyways…. What else to talk about? Oh! My birthday is in less than a month! This one’s special because…. Oh wait, it’s not 😛 Next year will be, however… (16). Well, one thing I know I’ll be doing is getting my learners permit, probably in Texas, because I’d rather have a permit from Texas than Colorado (and there’s different requirements). I still have to decide what I’m going to actually do, since I’ve been focused on Isaac’s birthday, because this year is going to be a big one for him! I’ve been preparing an extremely unique present for him, and I can’t wait to show it to him.

The iPhone 7 was announced last week, and (somewhat coincidentally), while the announcement keynote happened while I was in school, it happened to occur at the exact time I had free periods, and I got to watch the live stream during the whole keynote. Although I love Apple more than any other brand ever, I can’t say that the iPhone 7 is as big an update as the past few years… And even if I could, I doubt I’d get it. Probably next year, when the 7S comes out.

I probably should get back to school, as I’m literally sitting in class right now 😛 I’ll continue to write here (hopefully), and I hope to write another post in the near future.

School Life – Two Weeks Done, Many More on the Way….

Freedom.

Yep, that’s what school is, compared to homeschooling! 😛 Honestly though, it’s not that bad. It’s exactly like I thought it would be. 100%. I have 15 minutes to write this, so I better get typing.

First and foremost, I had my first soccer game yesterday! My first “real” game since last year, and my first competitive game in two years (I played in Nashville last year, but that was just a rec league and my team wasn’t the best)! We won 3-0, which was really awesome, and even though I got the least amount of playing time of almost everyone, and even though I played defense 100% of the time I was playing, it was still fun. I got the ball a ton, and I had to use all my willpower not to sprint up the field with the ball and shoot. I’d say I did that pretty well.

Moving on (since I’m stressed for time), school’s been pretty easy for the most part, and the only difficult thing I’m having trouble with is Biology. Math’s easy for me, and I got a 3 (vs a 4 (I think a 3 is the equivalent of a B) on one of my homework assignments instead of a 4 for not “showing my work”, but I did show my work, cause I did it all in my head 😛

For the most part it seems like busywork, but I feel like my World Literature class with help me with my writing, and I’ll learn some more Spanish in my Spanish class. I’m also taking an AP class (yay!), in which I am the only freshman. I’m doing AP computer science, and in addition to getting AP Credit, I also get CMC (Colorado Mountain College) credits! (double yay! (Kinda… I doubt I’m going to go there)

In addition to school, soccer’s been taking up a ton of my time, so I’ve had no time to do anything else besides eat, do homework, YoYo for like 5 minutes, and sleep. I’ve been getting in shape a ton, and I think this is the most shape I’ve been in in my life, but I’m not 100% sure because I was pretty fit back in Nashville last year.

Well, the bell’s about to ring for my next class. I think I’ll end that post here, but I’ll definitely continue to write about my school experiences in the future, and hopefully get some blog posts written over the weekend.

(Note to self – Add pictures later)

 

And so it begins…

The first week of public school, that is. I’ve never wanted to sleep more so bad. It’s been a long week, and I know that it will just be one of many long weeks,  but right now I see it as a turning point in my life. A 180-degree turn straight into the ground – I mean, the best thing that’s happened to me since we started traveling.

Okay, so it’s obviously not either of those extremes. It’s actually not that bad. I’m taking two online classes, and most of my classes are either easy or I enjoy them minus biology.  The teachers are really nice, and I enjoy learning what they have to teach. Soccer’s been tough, with practice directly after school, till 5:45, every day. So basically, my stereotypical schedule will be waking up at 6, getting to school at 7:30, staying in school till 3, going to soccer from 3-6, and then going to dinner. I’ll be detailing my first week of public school in the next post.