Symptoms of Home-schooling

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We are in our third year of homeschooling. Sometimes it feels like I still have no clue what I’m doing and that I’m just treading water. Other times I feel like I have a complete handle on things and I don’t know what I was ever nervous about. I saw this post  I wrote from about a year ago.  Although things have changed, I still agree with what I wrote 100%.

We started home schooling for many reasons, but one of the main reasons was I didn’t like what my daughter was hearing and learning from the other kids. She always had good teachers, that wasn’t the issue at all. In fact, I think the majority of public teachers are wonderful people just trying to make a difference. Teachers were not the problem  I also felt that being an advanced student, my daughter wasn’t getting any one on one time, or being challenged since most time is spent on the students who are behind. (There is no fix for this problem other than having more teachers/staff, and that isn’t going to happen when budgets continue to get cut causing fewer and fewer teachers at each school, instead of more.) And although that’s the reason we started homeschooling, I think our reasons for continuing to home school have changed somewhat.

Every day I hear more horror stories about things going on at public schools, like software used to keep records of the students from pre-school through high school.  Software records information  such as if students wash their hands after they use the bathroom, and how they interact with others. These go into permanent records that both the students and parents don’t have access to. I have serious issues with this. Also, the school can decide what the kids get to eat. They can replace a student’s  home-cooked sack lunch with things like lunch-meat and crackers  if they decide all the food groups are not properly met. (Like processed meat is “healthy”?!)  To me, these are examples of the government crossing the line and stepping on the toes of parents. I know what my daughter likes. I know her preferences and appetite. I should have final say in what she eats  – not some part-time school cafeteria employee.  I think it’s safe to say that our reason for homeschooling has changed to now include keeping our kids away from public school in an effort to protect our privacy and keep them safe.

HOWEVER, homeschooling isn’t perfect. It has problems, too. There are benefits of home-school, but there are problems, too.
Here are some “symptoms” of home-schooling….

1. You forget what day of the week it is.
2. You go on a home school field trip and no one knows how to get in a line (or wait their turn).
3. Your children read two grade levels above average – but don’t know how to play kickball.
4.  You run errands during the day and the cashier/nurse/librarian etc asks your kid, “Shouldn’t you be in school?”
5. Dealing with dogs, dishes, and doorbells during “school” is perfectly normal
6. You are so busy with music lessons, sports, musical theater, archery and karate that you don’t  “socialize” your kids.
7.   You have make-up school days on Saturdays.
8.  Recess is playing in the yard.
9.”Going to school” means walking down stairs, not going to the bus stop to wait in the cold.
10. School gets over when the work is done, whether that’s at noon or 4pm.


While I still don’t consider myself a “home-school advocate”, I am more grateful than ever that we home-school. (I don’t think it’s right for everyone and I wouldn’t try to convince or persuade anyone to do something they aren’t comfortable with). I feel that my kids get more one on one instruction and that they are safer in general. It is the right decision for us  – even with some of the less than desirable attributes that come along with it.

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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