10) You learned how to notice and take care of people less fortunate than yourself. Volunteering was big in my homeschool community. We went to soup kitchens, read bingo numbers for senior citizens on bingo night, did car wash fundraisers for community and global outreach programs, picked up trash on the side of highways, and more. Reaching out to and helping people less fortunate than myself taught me that life isn’t all about me. I am not the center of the universe, and in fact the best way to get the most out of my own life is to give it away and help someone else.
11) You learned how to stand up to peer pressure. The statement that homeschoolers don’t experience peer pressure is a lie. But many of them don’t experience peer pressure until after they’ve graduated high school. This was definitely the case for me. I had tons of peer pressure in college – to skip class, drink, smoke, do drugs, have sex, and all sorts of other things that went against my beliefs. But by that time I had had 17 years of time to build a solid foundation. I was no longer worried about fitting in or being cool – I knew who I was and I liked who I was, and if you weren’t ok with that then we probably just weren’t going to be friends. While peer pressure existed in my life, it was not a concern, and I was still able to consistently make good choices, even when I was no longer under the watchful eyes of my parents.
12) You learned how to have an imagination. I didn’t have a lot of fancy toys growing up. I also didn’t have all of the fun extracurricular activities built right into my schedule, like you’d find at a more traditional school. So I had to get creative. I made characters and stories out of anything I could find in the backyard. I sought out community groups that I could get plugged into – dance, acting, soccer, baseball, yearbook committees, party planning, volunteering…you name it, I probably did it in high school. I didn’t do it because it was easy or “just there;” quite the contrary, actually. I did it because I didn’t have a lot of activities right at my fingertips, and so I had to be creative and inventive in the ways I entertained myself. That skill has served me well throughout my life. After all, boredom is nothing more than a lack of creativity!
If you missed the first 6 items…check out Part One of this post!
What are some things YOU’ve learned from homeschooling? Chime in whether you’re a teacher or a student!