Why I Switched From Homeschooling To Private Schooling

Hey, everyone! So ever since I posted this big news post, I’ve gotten questions pertaining to homeschooling and my big switch. So I decided to create a mini-series and answer all your questions. This is part 3 – Why I Switched From Homeschooling To Private Schooling.

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One question that I get asked a lot is, “Why did you decide to go back to school?” That’s a pretty fair question. So here’s the short answer: I missed being in a social setting.

Here’s the long answer: I believe that there is a time for everything. I loved being homeschooled and being at home with my family. There wasn’t anything about it that I didn’t enjoy, but as high school graduation drew closer to an end, I felt that I needed to go back to being in an actual brick building school.

“Why didn’t you just go to a public school?”, you may ask. I wanted to go to a school where I could share my faith openly, somewhere I could feel comfortable in, somewhere I could have a Christian education. For me, that meant going to a Christian school. I also wanted a place for me to make great friends. As a homeschooler, I didn’t have much social time so it was really important for me to be able to have that. So, I chose a Christian school where my friend goes to.

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Hopefully, this post helped you all understand my decision. If you still have any questions, comment or email me at happilyabi@gmail.com

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25 Things I Loved About Being Homeschooled

Hey, everyone! So ever since I posted this big news post, I’ve gotten questions pertaining to homeschooling and my big switch. So I decided to create a mini-series and answer all your questions. This is part 2- 25 Things I loved about being homeschooled.

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I absolutely loved being homeschooled and everything that came with it.

  1. You don’t have to wake up early every morning.
  2. But you have the option of waking up early to get everything done before 11:00 so you can have a free day.
  3. No school lunches – Homemade meals are the best!
  4. You can learn what you are actually interested in.
  5. Field trips to the coffee shop! Any time of the day.
  6. No dress code! (Although I could only wear my pjs on Fridays).
  7. Birthdays are holidays.
  8. Hot chocolate and homework in front of the fireplace? Yes, please!
  9. You can spend more time with family.
  10. There is no busy work.
  11. You can take naps when you really need it.
  12. You don’t have to rush in the mornings!
  13. PE = doing pilates in the comfort of your home WITHOUT the uniforms.
  14. Did I mention that I didn’t have school on Fridays?
  15. You’re not confined to a classroom.
  16. There’s freedom to go on fun trips in the middle of the school week.
  17. There’s more time to do the things you love to do.
  18. Homeschooling in high school gives you opportunities for great scholarships for college.
  19. Never getting stuck in traffic.
  20. Three, four, or even five-day weekends. Yes, it’s possible!
  21. Graduating early is totally an option.
  22. You can learn the way you understand.
  23. There are lots of opportunities to travel.
  24. It’s the best way to learn how to be self-motivated.
  25. You can do fun things like starting a blog!

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Homeschooling was awesome and I absolutely loved it. If you have any questions or a suggestion for this series, email me: happilyabi@gmail.com

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My Homeschool Experience

Hey, everyone! So ever since I posted this big news post, I’ve gotten questions pertaining to homeschooling and my big switch. So I decided to create a mini-series and answer all your questions. If you have anything that you would like for me to include in this series, check out this page. Without further ado, here is part 1 – My Homeschool Experience.


Many people have asked me to explain the curriculum that I used for homeschooling and have gotten confused when I said that I was duo-enrolled, so I thought that I would try to explain my homeschooling experience in more detail. If any of you still have questions, comment below and I will get to them or email me here: happilyabi@gmail.com.

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When I first started out homeschooling, I taught myself using a curriculum that was already prepared for me. It was great… in the beginning. But when I missed a deadline, I fell more behind due to procrastination. I loved being at home and being my own teacher but during those months, my favorite line was, “I’ll do it later.” So that didn’t really work all that great for me. My mom started looking for something else for me to do that was more structured.

My mom found out about Veritas Press Scholars Academy through a friend and it was perfect for me. VPSA was a great Christian program for me because I would have to log on to classes at certain set times and turn in assignments during the week. The best part, the classes were live which meant that there was a teacher to interact with as well as classmates to talk to. The classes were harder of course but I loved it.

After two years of taking classes through VPSA, I decided that I wanted to go back to school. Again, my mom found a part-time, college style school that I went to every Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday and Wednesday, I continued to take VPSA classes and on Fridays, I had the day off. Going to school 2x a week reminded me of how great being at school was and how much I missed it so I started playing with the idea of going back to school full-time.

With that thought in the back of my mind, I enjoyed my summer. It wasn’t until my friend said, “Abi, what if you went to my school and we had classes together?! That would be so much fun!” that I actually started seriously considering going back to school. A couple weeks later, I applied to a private Christian school and got accepted four weeks before the first day of school. That in and of itself was a huge miracle because 1) I applied way late and 2) The Administration Office said that there probably wouldn’t be space. Still, I got in and I thank God for it every day.

I already have met so many amazing and friendly people at the school and I love going there. I even wrote a post about all the things I learned in my first week of classes and how things have been going transition wise. (Check it out here.) Being back at school is a learning process. It may be hard and stressful for me at times, but I really feel like I now have the opportunity to be myself.

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Hopefully, this post helped you all understand my crazily complicated school experience. If you still have any questions, comment or email me at happilyabi@gmail.com

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What’s On Your Mind?

Hey, everyone! Many people have asked me about my homeschooling and why I’ve gone back to school so I’ve decided to post a series just to answer all of your questions. This series will go out next week. If you have any questions that you would like for me to answer, fill out the form and you will see my answers in an upcoming post!

I’VE GOT BIG NEWS!

Hey everyone! As I mentioned in my blog post yesterday, I have big news. I have been blogging for about two years under the name of “Life As A Homeschooled Teen”. And after these 22 months, its time for a change.

Life As A Homeschooled Teen is coming to an end.

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Okay please don’t freak out! I will continue to blog but Life As A Homeschooled Teen will be changed to….. Continue reading

My Typical Monday

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Hey, guys! Sorry I haven’t written these past weeks. I have literally been doing school this entire time. Anyways, today I’ve decided to post about a day in the life of a homeschooler, my typical Monday. This was suggested by two of my followers, Lisa H. and Grace J.

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8:00 – My morning begins as I get dressed and ready for school. I try to open my blinds and make my bed as soon as I wake up so that I can start my day looking at the beautiful (and sometimes cloudy) sky.

8:15 – I eat my breakfast with my parents. We usually talk about the plans for the day and what we have for the week. I also check the news for highlights and conversation starters. If needed, I will also finish up some last minute homework before my class starts.

9:30 – My first class begins. I am taking a Logic course that lasts for 85 minutes.

11:00 – My hour and a half break starts. I normally check my email and, if I don’t need to finish homework, I will bake something. I love baking cookie cakes but my sisters love the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins that I make more frequently, now that it’s fall.

12:30 – My Pre. Calculus class starts and around this time, my mom brings me lunch.

2:00 – My final class for the day, French, begins. I feel that this class ends far too quickly. :)

3:30 – I’ve finally finished all of my classes, so to reward myself, I have a snack break. Sometimes, if I have time, I’ll also have a piano break. This is also the time that I tell my mom about my day. She loves hearing my stories and knowing what the teachers are teaching me.

4:00 – Around 4, I start doing my homework for the next day. My homework partner is the Christian Genre Radio or the Indie Worship playlist on Spotify.

6:00 – My sisters come home from their play practice and I greet them happy and ready to hear their stories. We sit around the kitchen island and take turn asking and answering questions before they start on their homework.

6:30 – My dad gets home from work and my family sits down to dinner. I love being able to have a meal together as a family and hear about each other’s day. Plus, my mom is a great cook and that makes dinner time a lot better. :)

7:10 – I check the news again and maybe play piano.

7:30 – I continue to work on the homework that never ends. I will take a break every now and then just to keep myself focused on the task at hand.

9:45 – Exhausted, I head upstairs to get ready for bed. I like to pick out my outfit the night before to save time in the mornings. I also take a shower at night so that I can just get up and go in the mornings.

10:30 – Unless I am absolutely too tired to read, I will read a chapter in my Bible. I am going through a reading plan on the YouVersion app called “The One Year ® Bible”. It gives you a chapter from a couple of books to go through. You can follow me by searching the username: “AbiLeah” on the YouVersion app.

11:00 – My day finally ends, as I turn off the light. I try not to go to bed any later than 11.

Thank you so much for reading! This was a great idea and I like being able to actually see my schedule out on paper (or on a blog post). I hope you have a great day and a great week!

What is one thing that you typically do one your Mondays? Let me know in the comments below. Also be sure to leave any suggestions, questions or comments that you may have for me. :)

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