My siblings and I have been homeschooled our whole lives. We haven’t spent a day in kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, or high school. We’ve learned through textbooks, online resources, and directly from our parents.
In Japan, being a homeschooler is an unusual thing that many people are not familiar with. The blank stare is almost inevitable when I tell someone that I’m a homeschooler. Learning through textbooks at home by myself and online lessons without a physical teacher, sometimes I’ve felt left out and wondered if homeschooling was enough to teach me everything I need to know before I go to college.
So, after many prayers and discussions, my parents decided to send us to an international school near our home where my dad also works as a science, social studies, and English teacher. This will happen in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023.
My parents decision to homeschool us, starting with me, more than a decade ago, was never a mistake. Homeschooling has provided an education filled with freedom. That freedom has nurtured the ability to grow in many skills that I have outside of school. For me, the big one is writing. Without homeschooling, I never would have had the energy, or the motivation, or perhaps the time, to write two full-length novels and a total of about 250,000 words in fiction books in the past couple of years.
Homeschooling has also allowed me to have good relationships with my parents and siblings. The time my family and I have spent together also allowed me to know Jesus better. My parents have spent many hours telling me about God and helping me to establish a real, strong trust in Him.
However, this is a time for a new season, a new way of learning and growing. My siblings have had time to grow in our relationship with each other and with God, and we’ve learned many valuable things from being with our parents longer than most people. Now it’s time to stretch our wings and visit what else the world has to offer.
The school will help to grow my social skills. For the first time I will interact with dozens of people that I will meet every school day until I leave the school. It will also teach me the detailed material I need to know to help me in my future and help me get into a good college.
This new season of learning and experience will take some time to get used to, but I’m all for it.