Why I Hate Homeschool

by 6th grade girl
(US)

Okay well i have read some of your website and i am just stating here, that homeschool is NOT for everyone. I have been homeschooled for a looooooooooooong month and a half and i HATE it.


1) I miss my friends

Yes you can be social and homeschooled at the same time, but I miss going to school and seeing my good friends. Honestly that is the hardest thing to get away from. I'm a very outgoing and social person, and i cannot explain howwww much i miss seeing everyone everyday.

2) Teacher AND Mother?

My relationship between my mother and my teacher is 110% different. It's unexplainable how much i miss having a teacher. My mom is a Criminal Justice major. Not a teacher!

3) My concentration span is as long as 5 minutes

In homeschool i cannot concentrate. Whatsoever. I cannot think like i can in a schooling environment. Nothing is right to me.

4) I'm a girly girl

But the one thing i miss most, is getting up in the morning, showering, eating, and getting ready. What can i say? Im a girly girl. I know that you can do that in homeschool but it's not the same. Getting ready for school isnt the same as "getting ready to go sit at the dinner table for 5 hours with my brothers".

5) I'm not motivated

I sit there, in my bed, every morning, thinking, "ohhhh not another day of homeschool." Where i do not have the motivation to go see my friends, or anything of that sort.

All opinions are my own of course. I'm sorry if anything i put in offended you. Oh and keep in mind i'm only in the 6th grade. Thanks.

Thank you so much for posting your opinions to my website; I do appreciate it and no, I am not offended. :) I am sure your thoughts will be helpful to other parents considering home education for their children.

Your points definitely give parents something to think about and discuss with their children.

I know homeschooling isn't for everyone and every homeschooled kid doesn't love or even like being homeschooled, but one thing I do know... sometimes you need to trust those who are in authority over you. I am sure your mom loves you and wants the best for you. You may not understand her decision to homeschool you now, but one day you will. I know that sounds like a pat answer, but it's true.

I would encourage you to talk with your mom. She may not change her mind, but she will know your heart. If she continues to homeschool you because she believes it's the best for you, you have to trust her. I know it's not easy or you may not even want to, but try to look for the positive things about homeschooling instead of focusing on the things you don't like. A positive attitude may not change the situation, but you will definitely be happier!

Blessings,
Heather :)

PS I must say, for a sixth grader, you write very well; you are doing well in your home studies, even though I know don't like being homeschooled. :)

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Oct 06, 2011
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i feel your pain
by: Bree

Im a fourteen year old tenth grader. I have been homeschooled ALL my life and I absolutely HATE it. I completely understand how you feel. But at least you've been to a public school before. I haven't even gotten a chance to go to a public school. Its really hard for me because people in my age range don't want to hang out with me once they find that I'm a homeschooler. And when I'm at home, I'm constantly getting yelled at or hit. So just consider yourself lucky.

Feb 22, 2012
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my experience
by: Anonymous

Hello!

I don't mean to invalidate your feelings in the slightest, and I'm glad you posted them. It is good for parents who are thinking about homeschooling to be aware of these issues. But in the same vein, I thought I'd better add my voice to the discussion. I attended both public schools and private schools in two different countries before my parents finally started homeschooling, my sixth grade year. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I always loved school (I was a strange one, I know), but I loved homeschool more.

(The fact that it was consistent from one year to the next may have been a part of it.)

Ingrid Giles

Feb 22, 2012
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my experience
by: Anonymous

Hello!

I don't mean to invalidate your feelings in the slightest, and I'm glad you posted them. It is good for parents who are thinking about homeschooling to be aware of these issues. But in the same vein, I thought I'd better add my voice to the discussion. I attended both public schools and private schools in two different countries before my parents finally started homeschooling, my sixth grade year. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I always loved school (I was a strange one, I know), but I loved homeschool more.

(The fact that it was consistent from one year to the next may have been a part of it.)

Ingrid Giles

Feb 28, 2012
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Hating Homeschooling
by: Anonymous

Homeschooling should provide a safe environment for kids to learn in. It certainly should not make kids feel constantly upset or scared. That is a completely different issue than just missing friends or preferring the social setting.

For those new to homeschooling, you have to allow an honest adjustment period where you are really trying to make it work! I certainly take input from my son on what he would like to see happen in our home school. He doesn't happen to be very social, but there are tons of opportunity for more outgoing kids that we pass on. One of them is a bi-monthly co-op (maybe there is one in your area)...others are recreational summer sports leagues (we do that), field trips, teen social events (like coffees or movies) within our home school group, etc.

Definitely try to focus more on what is GOOD :o) Be grateful for all of the things that aren't so hot that you are missing out on in public school...if nothing else, maybe you get to be more rested and don't have to deal with mean kids, etc.

Apr 07, 2012
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Give it time
by: engsmom

I'm a parent and understand your post. My son started school and I pulled him out in the middle of 1st grade (He's in 4th grade now). He ABSOLUTELY hated it. Our transition period was about 2years.

He missed his friends and teachers dearly. I felt so bad for him that I almost enrolled him in school again. I had to keep recalling why I decided to homeschool. I love my children and only want the best for them; and homeschooling was the best for them. I'm sure your parents feel the same.

My son started to feel better when we joined a homeschool group and he met other families who were homeschooling as well. He was able to talk to other kids who had been homeschooled their entire life and others who were new to it. He actually loves it now. Yay!

Hang in there!

Jul 16, 2012
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Wow.. Thanks for the response!
by: 6th grade girl

I'm coming back to this a few months later with an update, I went to a wonderful charter school a week later after this post, it was great. Since then, I've gone to 3 other schools. I'm going into 7th grade. I was definitely in a grumpy mood that day, considering the long post on why I don't like homeschooling as well as being fed up with it, after seeing something encouraging home school made me pretty mad I guess. You were all right, I gave it some time and everything worked out great. It's good to try new things, and home schooling for someone who is shy and has a hard time in school (me) is definitely one of them. Keep in mind, the person who wrote this post (me) is one of those people who is never happy with what they've got. Seeing this months later just is crazy... Brings back memories too. Anyway... Thanks for the reply, I'll listen to all of your advice in the future :)

Mar 31, 2014
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Thanks for this!
by: Anonymous

I agree cometely. I have been homeschooled for a year and a half because of my dad. I have no desire to start school every day. At least with public school i see my friends. It is even worse for me bc im not involved in any type of co-op group.

Oct 01, 2015
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good post NEW
by: Aaeedah

You wrote the thinking of homeshool here that according to you this way of study is not good but i do not agree with you. You hate homeshcooling but i love it. If you have reason of hate then i also have a lot of reason of love. If you don't have good experience with it then it's not mean that this system of study is not good. Now i want to get useful stuff regarding bigbang dissertation.com but when i come this site like to say my thinking about homeshooling.

Aug 03, 2017
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Uth me too NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm a homeschooled 7th grader. I'm really sociable unlike my parents that wont let me go to school. I feel your pain.
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