I have had many people ask me if I like homeschooling. YES! I love homeschooling. My children learn in the way best for them (which is sometimes while hanging upside down). We can have lessons outside, in the morning, late at night, on a trip, basically anywhere and any time. I can be there to celebrate the highs and help them through the lows.
But it’s not all smiles and laughter. Homeschooling is NOT easy. In fact, it’s downright hard. You are with your children 24/7. You have very little time to yourself. It takes a lot of work to take care of children, the house, and lessons. So is it worth it? You bet. For our family, the benefits far outweigh the challenges and I am willing to sacrifice to make it happen.
What about the kids? Do they like homeschooling? In general, they give a similar answer. There are more reasons they like homeschooling than reasons they dislike it. So what exactly do homeschool kids like and dislike about homeschooling? I asked our friends and here is what they said.
Eva, age 11
I like not having to go to a school to learn. I can learn at home and at other different locations. There isn’t a set time I have to be in a school. If it’s snowing and schools are closed, I can still learn. When it’s nice outside we can be outside, because learning can be everywhere. I love it that my dad comes home for lunch every day, and we eat as a family.
Sometimes, I wish I had more of a strict schedule. Sometimes I would like to be away from my siblings more.
Rena, age 9
I like my teacher. I like being part of a homeschooling group.
I don’t like having to eat so healthy. If I were at school, maybe I could have pizza or fried foods for lunch. And school kids have parties with sugary treats. My mom doesn’t give me very much of that.
Aubrey R, age 10
I like it because I like spending more time with my mom.
I don’t like it because I would like other kids around (besides just my sister) to do my work and projects.
Jasmine, age 8
I like that you learn more than kids in public school and you are with kids that are not your own age. Also, I like that we read fun books. I like that you don’t have to have a uniform or special hairstyle.
I don’t like that at home, I have to be with a sister who argues or demands things, sometimes.
Hayden, age 11
I like homeschooling because we get to stay home.
Hmm, I don’t like math.
Gunnar, age 7
I like that we can go anywhere we want. I also like that we can stay home when it is really cold outside.
Reading. I don’t like to read.
Elliot, age 6
I like that we get done with school work faster than friends. I like that we get to be at home.
When asked what he doesn’t like he said he will think on that and get back to me if he thinks of something.
John, age 5
I like that I don’t have to do school until 3 o’clock.
Madeline, age 7
I like that we get to play half of the day when kids that go to public school don’t. They only get to play for half of an evening.
In the spring when I still do lessons I get to play in the mud kitchen when other kids might still be at school.
There is nothing I don’t like about homeschooling.
Katy, age 10
Since I am a homeschooler I get to do stuff that kids in school don’t get to do like go on trips during the school year and play and read more and get up later.
The lessons are probably much more fun. We often get to do stuff like a handicraft or sometimes play while we are doing lessons.
I like getting to have snacks and chew gum during lessons.
I don’t like that a lot of the books that are really helpful, especially about growing up, only refer to school kids.
I don’t like being the oldest at places like nature center, discovery center, and pottery painting places when we go during school hours.
Christian, age 9
I like reading aloud and I also like that it gives us a lot of play time outside and time to listen to stories.
I don’t like waking up early.
Rene, age 6
I like playing outside and I like doing lessons—that is especially nice.
I like reading books.
I like everything.
I don’t like going to the grocery store.
Chloe, age 10
I love that I can read most of the times and even for school and that I can go on field trips.
I miss seeing my friends every day like she would at school.
Sophie, age 8
I like everything about homeschooling, specifically spending time with the family and the way I’m taught.
There is nothing I dislike about homeschooling.
Kye, age 9
I like that it doesn’t take as long as public school. I also like that we have more time to spend with friends and go to fun places like parks and field trips. I can stay up late and sleep in. If you are in school and it’s raining you have to stay in a classroom, but if we are at home and it’s raining I can go play in the rain. I also like not having to do fire drills at school.
I don’t like listening to my younger brothers and sister scream all day.
Gavin, age 7
I like that it’s not very long, and that we get to go more places. When you are in school you have to wait a long time on everybody. I like that I get to study more stuff that I like, like rocks.
He says there isn’t anything he doesn’t like about it.
Nadia, age 7
I like field trips.
I don’t like reading aloud.
Penelope, age 9
I like that when it is about to be the next school year, I get to help with ideas and you [her mom] will consider them.
I like that I can color while doing certain school work, like when stories are being read.
I like that I can do school outside.
I like when you [her mom] bring home stuff for the new school year, like jump ropes and balls, and say, “Happy New School Year!”
I like that I get to be with you and don’t have to spend the day separate so we have more hugs and snuggles.
I like our handwriting curriculum. I enjoy learning cursive.
I like that I don’t have to get on and off buses and read in front of the class and only have 20 minutes for lunch.
I like that we can be off of school on our birthdays.
I like my teachers. [When her mom asked which teachers, she responded by naming her co-op, piano, ballet teacher, her mom, and God.]
I like getting together with co-op friends. I like co-op.
I don’t like that when there is a snow day, we still have to do school sometimes.
You can read what other iHomeschool Network bloggers love and dislike about homeschooling.
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