Ten Ways to Make Your Kids Hate Homeschooling

  1. Use real school desks and chairs to mimic the “real thing.”
  2. Perform lots of drill and rote memorization of state capitals, grammar rules, and other facts.
  3. Every time your child asks what a word means, tell them to look it up.
  4. Insist that your kids sit still and look at you when you are teaching.
  5. After every chapter, make sure your kids answer reading comprehension questions in their notebooks. Don’t forget to use full sentences.
  6. Always choose serious, academically challenging textbooks for your curriculum.
  7. Remind your children everyday of the importance of studying hard, so that they won’t be a failure in life.
  8. If your children balk or dilly-dally over school work, make them sit at the desk until it is finished.
  9. Set a schedule, and stick to it, even if your child is working on something else.
  10. Worry a lot, out loud, and wonder if you are doing the right thing.
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  1. Really funny list! LOL. My son learned to read while rolling around on the floor (literally) at 4 and a half years old. There was no way to make him sit still at that age — he just had the urge to move, roll, jump, anything but sit still.

    I think many homeschooling parents feel the need to replicate school at the beginning of their journey, perhaps due to a lack of confidence in what they’re doing. With time and experience, most will probably gain the confidence to be more flexible in their approach, schedule and curricula.

    • Jamie McMillin says:

      I agree. Sometimes it is very hard for new homeschooling parents to let go of their traditional ideas about school!
      My oldest son was also very active. In 1st grade, his school mentioned the idea of Ritalin, even though I knew he didn’t have ADHD. So we took him out of school after a couple of months, and he could wiggle around as much as he pleased while homeschooling. Now he is doing very well in college, but he still likes to exercise hard at the gym! 🙂