Guitar lessons, science experiments and vocabulary practice, it’s all part of an education for Quintin Peterson.
But for him, the lessons take place in house, as the 16-year-old is homeschooled.
“I’ve always enjoyed kind of being able to do what I want to do, not being tied down to a rigid curriculum,” said Quintin Peterson.
The decision came when Quintin was just five-years-old and his parents came to realize that the classroom setting wouldn’t be the right fit for their son.
“He was getting toward school age and he was reading chapter books and he was doing basic math, and kindergarten wasn’t going to be a good fit because he was really wiggly and didn’t have the personality to sit still,” said Heather Peterson, Quintin’s Mother.
So they set up school at home. His mom acting as teacher, using resources from local homeschooling networks to help incorporate learning into everyday activities.
“Math was out dribbling a basketball, or doing sidewalk chalk, or counting steps as he ran,” said Heather.
Now, she’s more of a guidance counselor, stepping in for practice quizzes and making sure he stays on top of his online curriculum.
“Tomorrow I have Latin class, on Monday I’ll have American Literature, but then usually I’ll spend some time working on math assignments writing programs, a lot of Latin,” said Quintin.
And just because he’s at home doesn’t mean he’s missing out on typical school experiences. Spelling bees, science experiments and friendships are very much a part of his homeschool experience, as he spends time just like anyone else would, socializing throughout town.
“Today I’m going to the library to help my friend on a video project he’s been doing, so most days there’s something interesting like that,” said Quintin.
He uses hard work and determination, both in his school work and while letting others know that homeschooling is a viable option to learning.
“A lot of people think it’s going to be all mom grades that you don’t do work and you’re just getting A’s because mommy loves you. But I try to explain that I do work hard, it’s just in a different venue,” said Quintin.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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