At the beginning of the year I had no clue what was going to happen (I had only done one year of homeschooling and my mum had taken care of it by planning our programme). This year mum decided that she wanted us to take it into our own hands to decide which direction we want to lead our education.
So, for the first two or three weeks I had completed a book of preparation for NAPLAN (as I am in grade 9). After I completed the book mum began encouraging me in a direction I had not thought was possible; that it is a good idea to complete a diploma in whatever I wanted to do as a profession.
She had been saving and sharing all these different subjects to study online (art, interior design, confidence gaining, etc); I found that none of them really piqued an interest until I saw a subject on Sports Medicine – beginning with Physical Education. As mum is a naturopath and former nurse, with a PhD in Integrative Health its only natural that my siblings and I follow in her footsteps to some degree, with our own little twists along the way.
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Since starting this diploma I have learnt a lot about our energy systems, muscles and even the Krebs Cycle. It was surprising to see how much I didn’t know about the body. Not all of what I have learnt would be used in the everyday life, but it is still very handy to know.
And guess what? In studying this Diploma (via ALISON) which seems to be mainly on HEALTH, I find this one topic also covers –
Maths – so many equations to learn! Try working out the Krebs cycle, energy systems (ATP-PC), Lactic acid and Aerobic, ideal nutrient quotas and determining muscle fibre types…
Science and Biochemistry – I could feel my brain kicking in! Physiology of muscles, components of muscles, microscopic characteristics of muscle structure, involvement of the heart in aerobic exercise, understanding ATP and the use of carbohydrates and fats in energy conversion is just part of what the course has covered so far.
Art – The diagrams on this post are my own drawings. This course and way of studying is not just allowing me to understand the science but also is helping me in a better understanding of the human form so I can better draw the body.
Basic muscle physiology
English – as much time is spent every day working out alternative ways to summarise the work I am reading as I spend on reading and taking the new knowledge in! When mum was doing her PhD she used to joke that the Thesaurus is her best friend and now I finally know what she means. It’s not enough for me to learn the meaning of words now; I need to know alternatives, synonyms and applications as well as various contexts of their use. Interestingly, my handwriting has improved…
Physical Education – Despite not being part of a sports team at the moment as I was when I still attended the local high school, I would argue that I am fitter than ever. This course has fuelled an interest in putting knowledge into practice so I run most days, I work out and take my own measurements/observations each time.
I recently gained an interest in dancing. Specifically isolation and dub-step dancing. I can learn at my own pace and my own style. You can learn when you want and what you want at home when homeschooling – there is so much on YouTube with so many lessons and brilliant dancers happy to share their skills. Which might I add, you can’t do in a classroom.
I did a few more art pieces, went to Sculptures By The Sea at Cottesloe and found the time to braid my hair again – coincidentally, all as part of a normal school curriculum. And on weekends, I get to see the friends I made while at public school – spending time boogie-boarding and playing sport.
Adele – by Anais Kenzig 2017
With homeschooling the possibilities are endless! If you have a passion for drawing, you can study it. A passion for graphic design. you could do it! As people say, “You can learn anything if you put enough hours and hard work into it”.
I myself didn’t believe this until I started homeschooling again. We hope to move house soon so I can join some groups and sports clubs as I really do miss more social activity; one aspect of public schooling that I really loved!
© Anais Kenzig 2016