Homeschooling Through the Eyes of a 6th & 7th Grader

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Homeschooling Through the Eyes of a 6th & 7th Grader

Years ago, when child number three asked for permission to start a YouTube channel, my immediate response was a resounding no. I had safety concerns of course, but the resounding no, was more for me. I really didn’t want to add another chore to my ever growing list. However, after a very long discussion, I was sold. She had convinced me of the learning opportunities that managing a YouTube channel presented.  

Last week child number six asked if internet activities, like blogging and creating YouTube content could be considered school. As soon as she finished asking her question, she realized she was already aware of the answer, and yelled “never mind” as she ran into her YouTube studio.

Homeschooling is a lifestyle, not just something we do from 9-to-3. The learning never ends, and it doesn’t only apply to math, science and English. There’s so much we’re learning all day long.

Charlotte Mason, is known for saying, education is an atmosphere;

… we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions.

Technology is all around us, therefore it’s essential to take full advantage of of the tools we have at our disposal. Yes, blogging and creating YouTube content is considered school. The internet, is a very real part of our learning environment.

Today, YouTube, is a big component of our homeschool toolbox. We watch amazing videos that supplement some of our curriculum; in years past, we’ve even used some of the videos as our sole curriculum for specific subjects or unit studies. And thanks to the persistence of child number three, the girls have become expert sound and video editors.

Shortly after the internet activities question, I sat down with my middle schoolers, and we talked a little bit about YouTube, and how it’s impacted their education. Both agreed that video editing was intimidating in the beginning, but so much fun today. Both are considering careers in the technology or broadcasting industries. And finally both agreed that homeschooling allows them to spend time creating content and having fun.

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If you’re on the fence of either homeschooling, or allowing your child to create a YouTube channel, here’s a little glimpse at homeschooling through the eyes of middle school YouTubers.

Through the Eyes of a 7th Grader

Through the Eyes of Middle School YouTubers

What is your favorite thing about homeschooling?

I get to work ahead on certain days, because there’s no reason to stop if I’m having a good math day. I can keep going on a certain subject and pick up other subjects later if I’m on a roll. It’s awesome because there’s no need to either wait for other kids to catch up, or to have anyone wait for me. Once you get the hang of it, and you figure out how things go, it’s so easy. If I’m not feeling so great or even if I’m having a bad day I can take a day off and still be ahead when I get back. I also love the surprise field trips.

Also, I have time to run my slime shop.

What is something you don’t like or that you would change about homeschooling?

I can’t think of anything.

What are you mostly looking forward to this year?

Sports. I’m looking forward to the national basketball tournament.

What are your favorite subjects right now?

History, composition, art.

What type of videos do you post on your channel?

I post slime videos, DIYs, challenges and sometimes vlogs.

Is managing a channel hard? Do you have a posting schedule?

It is kind of hard because you have to be consistent at filming and editing. I like to edit the videos right away or else they won’t get done. I don’t have a filming studio now, so I have to film around the house, but I would like to have a designated place soon.

I post videos every Thursday, and bonus videos once a month.

Here’s a link to Rosie’s channel. 

Through the Eyes of a 6th Grader

Through the Eyes of Middle School YouTubers

What is your favorite thing about homeschooling?

I like that you can go at your own pace. If you make a mistake, you can re-start the lesson as many times as you need to. No one is pressuring you to move on. Homeschooling is flexible, you can take special days off, like when you have a houseguest , or you can start later instead of the middle of August when it’s still too hot.

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I like choosing my own curriculum, picking out the books I’m interested in reading, not just reading what everyone is reading. I can also take a break if I get stressed out, usually I like to read when math is not working out for me.

I like to start earlier, and work ahead, so I can spend the rest of the day doing the things I love to do, like going swimming, playing basketball, building things and filming or editing videos for YouTube.

What is something you don’t like or that you would change about homeschooling?

Nothing. I like it the way it is.

What are you mostly looking forward to this year?

Literature. I’m looking forward to reading the books I chose. I’m looking forward to starting fresh in math, getting good grades, going on weekly field-trips and learning Chinese.

What are your favorite subjects right now?

Latin, literature, science, history, everything but math, sorry.

What type of videos do you post on your channel?

Gaming.

Is managing a channel hard? Do you have a posting schedule?

Managing my channel can be hard sometimes because I post twice a week.

Here’s a link to Olivia’s channel.

Homeschooling Through the Eyes of a 6th & 7th Grader

A Friendly Disclaimer

I totally get that YouTube is not everyone’s cup of tea, and that there are serious safety concerns. As with everything, I encourage you to exercise caution and have access to all social media accounts, passwords and devices at all times!

The intention of this post, is to encourage you to look at out-of-the-box learning opportunities for your children. I don’t mean to endorse YouTube or any other social media platform, but to simply share what has worked, and how our homeschool has benefited from it.

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4 Comments

  1. I love this so much! My 2 oldest girls (4th & 6th grade) have been wanting (begging) to start a YouTube channel for a couple years now. I’ve had the same concerns about safety and how much extra work it will add for me. Just last week I gave in and had them write up a business/YouTube Channel Plan. Reading this post quiets some of my concerns. Thanks for sharing this! P.S. PM me your daughters YouTube channels so my girls can follow them. 🙂

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      A business/channel plan is a great idea! I’ll send you the link on messenger.

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