Interview with Homeschooler Zoe Capps

A Teen's perspective on homeschooling!

Hello! Thanks for participating. We’d love for you to share some information about yourself if you don’t mind.

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in North Carolina. I have been Homeschooling for 11 years.  I have been volunteering at a state park for the last 6 years in the fall and in the spring. I have worked at Chick Fil A for a little over a year. I enjoy playing the violin and taking care of my chickens. One of my favorite things to do is run.

Tell us a little about your daily homeschool schedule and what classes you are taking or want to take.

I have used Time4Learning for many years. I usually do my schoolwork early in the morning before anyone is awake and I do some at night.

Do you or did you take classes outside of your home?

I took violin lessons for many years, and I was also involved in co-op classes for a couple of years.

The question that all non-homeschoolers want to know… how do you/did you socialize?

By talking to people. HAHAHHA!  I am able to interact with people wherever I am; co-op classes, volunteering, or while playing soccer and cross country. I especially like talking with older people while working at Chick Fil A.  

What subject is/was the most difficult for you? How do/did you stay on top of it? Math. With homeschooling, I am able to learn it at my own pace.

Do/did you take breaks during the school day? Yes, our days are usually pretty flexible. Especially when I was younger it allowed my family to fit in lots of hikes and letterboxing.

What curriculum was used (if you use(d) several go ahead and list them)? Time4Learning, Time4Writing, and Teaching Textbooks are the main ones I have used.  Do you like it/them? Yes
How do you think homeschooling has benefited you? I have more time to read. It allows me the flexibility in the daytime to do activities that I would not be able to do if I had normal school hours.

If the choice was completely up to you would you choose homeschooling or traditional school?  

Homeschooling definitely. I am glad I have not had to deal with some of the issues that some of my public school friends have experienced.

One last question, what is one of the silliest questions you have been asked by a non-homeschooler?

Recently I was asked if I could wear my pajamas all day and sleep in late. I guess I could, but just because I’m a homeschooler doesn’t mean I do that. I get up before anyone and always get dressed in regular clothes.



Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]

October 10, 2017


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