Were YOU homeschooled??

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2004 - 12:38pm
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

I've heard a lot from parents who homeschool, but I would like some input on those who were actually homeschooled themselves.

-did you enjoy it?
-do you regret not going to school?
-how long did you homeschool?
-if you later went to school, was it difficult to make the adjustment?

I've heard the argument from so many people, teachers included that once homeschooled children enter public school they are harassed, brutalized, picked on, social outcasts, etc. Ive made the argument to them that there are also kids who have gone to public school from pre-k on, who are also beaten up, bullied, harassed, etc. Some kids are just going to be targets and some just arent.

I would like to get an accurate picture from someone whos been there. Thank you!!

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 12:16am
attlun's picture
Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

I wasn't homeschooled but my dh was. He was homeschooled from 2nd to 8 grade. He was shy at first, but made friends quickly and adjusted fine. He said it was great being on his own schedule, and enjoyed homeschooling. We are planning on homeschooling our kids.
Trevor 8/6/01
Harmony 1/22/03
Baby #3 due June 24, 2004!

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 1:19am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Thanks Tina !

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 3:40am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Also, any of you teachers out there...have you noticed any of the differences between how homeschooled kids entering are treated?? Thank you!

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 9:59am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

My neice was homeschooled for about 6 years until she went to school in (I think) 6th grade. It was her choice to go to school and her reasons were social. She had a few problems with a couple girls, but she has settled in and found a group of friends and is satisfied with her experience. She is free to leave if she wants--attending school is purely her choice. She is doing well in school academically and socially.

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 9:09am
StaceyK's picture
Joined: 05/06/2003 - 09:00

I WISH I had been homeschooled in gradeschool. It taught me lazy habits of mind because it was dumbed down and also, serious skittishness and paranoia because it was violent. It was a grand waste of time and not only a waste of time, but actually harmful. However when my parents switched me to a private Catholic school for high school, things rapidly improved and I was finally happy at school...

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 10:55am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I've talked to teachers in the States (totally by fluke) and here's what I heard about homeschoolers going back to school.
Not all of them are a success story. There. You have it.
You have to know that there are as many methods of homeschooling than there are families. The unschoolers let their kids decide what to learn and when to learn it. Unschoolers are totally on their own schedule, and do have difficulties getting back into a system where you have very little choices. I' ve heard of unschoolers rebel in class because the teacher wanted something that the kid didn't want to do, and since the kid's never been forced to do anything, well, he wasn't about to start, right?
However, those are not representative of all homeschoolers. In fact it's not even representative of all unschoolers.
And then, you have some whose parents teach them non-conventional things, usually based on faith. Sometimes, when those kids go back to school, they're just not on the same wavelength as other non-religious kids.
So you have to be careful at generalisation. Homeschoolers don't fit in one mold. Far from it. Some kids will adapt to the school system, others won't.
It's up to YOU, as a teacher, to decide how far from the system you want to go. The farther you go, the harder it is to fit in later on. And it's also up to you to give your children proper socialisation. Some homeschooled kids have so many activities, it's almost unbelievable. And they have tons of friends too. Some are kept home, away from it all.
You decide what you want your homeschooling experience to be.

Posted on: Thu, 01/08/2004 - 12:06am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Thanks everyone for your answers. Just so you are all aware, I dont believe these generalizations to be true, Im trying to disprove them! Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 01/08/2004 - 8:28am
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As an aside, was there even such a thing as "homeschooling" when I was a child? Wait, perhaps the hippies did it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
As darthcleo has suggested before, I may be able to homeschool my children. Truth be told, I don't know ANYTHING about it. I am just so not structured and from what darthcleo posted here, I'd be an unschooler type of homeschooler (though again not sure because I know nothing about it at all) and I just don't think I could do it.
The week before the article on Jesse's PA ran in our local newspaper, they ran an article on homeschooling. It was one woman who had a group of children, not all her own, that she homeschooled. So, it was my impression that I wouldn't necessarily have to be the teacher, I don't know.
I've never met anyone that was homeschooled. I have met people that have gone to "free school" (actually my sister did) which still exists and was a 70's "thing" I think.
Sorry, went into babble speak very early this evening, didn't I? I hope I make it to CSI.
Again, my apologies. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 01/08/2004 - 9:27am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Hmm. this thread shows a new message at 6Pm and something, but I can't see it..

Posted on: Thu, 01/08/2004 - 9:30am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]As darthcleo has suggested before, I may be able to homeschool my children. Truth be told, I don't know ANYTHING about it.
if you ever want to have someone "hold your hand", you just have to ask. Both you and I are Canadian, although in different provinces, but close enough.
It's done quite often, and is in fact how most people get started ;-) It's called being "a homeschool angel" (even for the non-religious people).


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