A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LEO THOMAS
My name’s Leo. I’m sixteen and I’m a student. I study for about twenty hours a week bit I don’t go to school. No, I’m not breaking the I rules — I’m home-educated. That means that I study at home and my I parents help me with my education.
I started home education about twelve months ago and I really like it. I didn’t like my old school because I didn’t learn very much. And the uniform was awful! I prefer wearing my old clothes every day. I like organizing my own timetable, too, with my parents’ help! They are quite strict, so I have to work hard. I do my exams at my old school, but that’s only once or twice a year. I use the Internet a lot for my studies and we’ve got lots of books at home. I sometimes use the local library, too. This week, I’m doing a project on the environment.
So what do I do every day? Well, I get up at about 8 a.m. and have breakfast. I start studying at about 10.1 don’t have formal lessons, so I sometimes work with my parents and sometimes alone. I study the same subjects as in school, but I organize my own work. I finish for dinner at about 12.30 p.m. I usually study again in the afternoon and I always do some music practice. I play the saxophone until about 5 p.m. I’m practicing for a competition at the moment.
Some people think that home-educated kids are lonely but my life is the same as most teenagers’ lives. I still get on well with all my friends from school. I get together with them every week and go swimming, watch a DVD or go shopping. I also have a lot of friends in the Internet. I e-mail other home-educated kids and we exchange ideas and information.
Are there any problems with home education? Well, I never go on school trips and I can’t take part in school plays or concerts. 1 don’t really mind that because I prefer learning at home to being at school.
Look at the sentences in the box. Write them in the correct list and then discuss advantages and disadvantages of home education.
Students can organise their own time Students can feel lonely.
You don’t have to wait to use a computer.
Students don’t see people of their own age.
Students can’t take part in school activities.
There is bullying in some schools.