Yup, I'm homeschooled.
And proud of it.
I don't mind when people ask silly questions as long as they're just curious, but some people either try to trip me up or seem to think they know everything about homeschooling even though they only heard of it five minutes ago.
For you homeschoolers out there, what are some of the questions you get asked? I often get asked funny questions, partly because I belong to such a big family and partly because I'm homeschooled. Here are a few of the normal ones... plus a selection of the silliest. A lot of these are asked quite genuinely, but they just come across funny.
"You are.... what??"
(No, I'm not a what!!)
"Where do you live?"
(I think most people assume that we only homeschool because they assume we live way out in the sticks. Actually, we are based surprisingly close to civilisation.)
"How do you, like, you know, get socialized?"
(A common variation: "Do you have any friends?")
"What do you do all day?"
(Well, we don't sit and watch television all day, if that's what you are thinking!!)
"Do you have desks... and do you have chairs... and do you like, you know, pull them in and out?"
(Yes, I did actually get asked that once. Unbelievable, but true.)
"Do you have a boyfriend?"
(Are you serious?)
"Are you really smart?"
"What does your Dad do for a job? Really? What does your Mum do?"
(I can understand the Dad bit, but Mum is a full time Mum and our teacher!! Do you seriously think she has time for a full time job on top of that?!?)
"Wow, what a big family. Are you Catholics?"
"Nine of you! How many twins?"
(Occasionally when I am in a silly mood I answer "None" but then proceed to tell them about our quadruplets... don't worry, I do explain I'm kidding eventually.)
"Your Mum must be amazing."
(Yes, she is!!!)
"Are you well behaved?"
(A common variation: "Do you fight with your brothers and sisters?")
"What sort of vehicle do you drive?"
(Daddy occasionally tells them that we drive a bus :) It's not far from the truth!)
"Why aren't you at school at the moment?"
(If the occasion permitted, I often wish I could answer respectfully "Why aren't you at work?")
"Do you ever get out of the house?"
(Asked when we are out and about :) lol)
And the most often asked one: (asked with real envy and admiration in the tone of voice)
"Do you get to do your schoolwork in your pyjamas?"