Amazing Kids! Magazine

World Class

By Enzo Monfre, Sci-Tech Kids Columnist

 

I’ve been homeschooled and public schooled, and I can say that there are benefits to both types of schooling.

Homeschooling has the advantage of getting an education in the comfort of your own home or on the road. I’ve learned to be flexible. We travel when we are filming for Exploration Nation and I still need to get my schoolwork done.

People always ask me if I get enough socialization as a homeschool student. Homeschoolers have A LOT of activities and chances to meet friends.

School can happen anywhere, even in a hotel room, while traveling.

School can happen anywhere, even in a hotel room, while traveling.

At park days or other classes we spend hours together exploring and learning and sometimes just having fun.

Whether I am traveling for Exploration Nation or meeting at a homeschool park day or co-op, I meet people of all ages and cultures. Which I think is really cool.

Some of the benefits of public school are more organization; knowing exactly what to do, when you’re supposed to do it; and knowing where to go. In public schools I’m around kids my own age every day.

I currently attend a charter school. Most of the activities and work is digital. Almost everything we do at my school is on the computer. It’s much easier to find more information, because of technology.

Handing out much needed books and instructional materials to the Village Chief.

Handing out much needed books and instructional materials to the Village Chief.

When we visited an isolated village in Nicaragua, we asked the Chief what supplies they needed and the first thing he asked for was Spanish and English books and instructional materials for their village school.

Before the trip we had to find as many books as we could carry. We were really happy that my local school and library donated books and materials. We had to carry all of the supplies in our luggage. By the way, books are very heavy!

School is not the only way to learn new things. I’ve learned probably more amazing things out in the world, than I have reading a book. So go out, explore, there’s a whole world to learn about.

Photos by: Heidi Acott-Monfre

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