10 Clues That You Might Be a Homeschool Kid

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We’ve covered the 10 clues you might be a homeschool parent. Now, for those kids out there who may not be sure, I offer you 10 clues that you might be a homeschool kid. Just in case you wondered.

1. Sometimes, when people ask you what grade you’re in you stare at them blankly while trying to remember. This can be especially confusing if all the grade numbers on your school books aren’t the same.

2. You have occasionally seen a look of horror cross your mother’s face when you answer the question, “Where do you go to school?” with “Oh, we don’t go to school.”

3. Seeing your teacher and your principal make out is a little gross, but not cause for school gossip.

4. School lunches are actually really good.

5. Your birthday is always a school holiday.

6. People think you’re weird and unsocialized when they find out where you go to school even though they didn’t appear to think those things before.

7. You and your siblings, along with a few friends, have to do standing-in-a-straight-line drills before going on a field trip.

8. Showing up for school in your PJs isn’t a nightmare from which you hope to wake up.

9. You never have homework Or you always have homework. It just depends on if you’re a glass is half empty or glass is half-full kind of person.

10. You never have to worry about getting the mean teacher at school next year. If you do your work and don’t bicker with your siblings, you might just get her a few days each year.

What clues would your homeschooled kids add?

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. “You never have homeworkโ€ฆor you always have homework. It just depends on if youโ€™re a glass is half-empty or a glass is half-full kind of person.”

    [laughing] So true!


  2. Another thing my kids would probably add is that if homeschooling comes up in conversation with people we don’t know well, then suddenly kids and parents that really hadn’t spoken with them before abruptly start asking them questions about homeschooling, some in disdain and disgust, some in awe, some in wonder, some just stunned and fascinated in a kind of horrified way, as if they just discovered aliens from outer space…

    Also, the kids would probably add that if you don’t understand something, you are never told “Really sorry, but you will just have to learn that next year. We must move on to the next section now.”

    And finally, you know you are homeschooled if you are told you will be starting school again soon, you find yourself really excited about your new curriculum and ask if you can start school a few days early.

  3. If a trip to the grocery store turns into a game of letter eye spy with isle signs, and math problems with item pricing, you might be a homeschool kid. ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed your list!!

  4. Being allowed to play soccer in the hallway (E, 9)
    The field trips are really fun (E, 9)
    Sometimes you don’t do school (J, 8)

    Mum (over 10) adds, “Shhh, don’t tell her she’s actually learning when she reads all morning, plays Monopoly, sets up a plasticine lolly shop or plays Ken Ken on her iPad!”

  5. Loved the post! Here’s another clue: you might be a homeschooler if your four year old shouts “Peison bus!” Every time a school bus drives by.
    Or maybe if your teenager walks through the park with a five hundred paged history book in her hands instead of an iPod. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I was doing an ice breaker at youth group once and someone said “Switch seats if you’ve ever had a crush on your teacher!” When the girls next to me didn’t move, I asked, “Have you really *never* had a crush on a teacher??” They answered, “We’re homeschooled.” In that case, good. Carry on.

  7. Love these! I read them to my middle-school daughter and she added, “You know you’re homeschooled when class can be on the dock, on the back porch, at the park, at the kitchen table, or sitting on the couch in the school room.”

  8. I always love lists like these. Last spring we were out to eat with a bunch of kids from other nearby towns and my son and another guy struck up a conversation. The guy asked my son when his last day of school was and my son looked at me. Immediately, the kid exclaimed, “Dude!! You’re a homeschooler too!!” It was so funny.

  9. Also, if school is almost always on the road for you and if you instantly bond with other homeschoolers upon meeting them.

  10. You learned to count to five when Dad needed to rotate the tires on the car. Lug nuts into the cap, – lug nuts to Daddy’s hand.

    You learned to count backward from ten at the demolition derby!

    1. My husband did demo derbys when our oldest son was little. We joked that he was going to learn to count backwards before he could count forwards.

  11. This year at church camp my daughter and her friend (both homeschooled) heard from the stage:
    “If you are on the Honor Roll at your school come on up” They looked at each other and said, I guess we are! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. That’s funny. I always say each of my kids will be Valedictorian of his or her graduating class. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. If you do most of your back to school shopping at the local museum gift shop

    If your curriculum list includes “snake” (that was something I actually DID list with my DD’s cover school this year-she’s doing a herpetology unit study that includes keeping an observation log of an animal)

    If you’ve logged 70 days of school before the local PS system starts, but then go on vacation in September

  13. Would add to the list “When you (kids) pick high school text books out of the trash bin at the school and then proceed to read them…when you are in elementary school.”

  14. I would add something like, “School is never held in one place.” My sister and I used to say that we were car-schooled.

    I also think the “line up” one is a depending on the family type thing. We never did that, because we didn’t need lines. We took field trips with mom and dad, so we waited with them (or not at all). No practice was needed.

    1. Yeah, I was just kidding about that because I’ve actually heard that from people who don’t homeschool – “How do they learn to walk in a line??”

      1. OMG! That’s what my hubby’s sister asked when we started homeschooling the olders years ago. “How are they ever gonna learn how to stand in line and sit still?”

  15. Ha, ha! As someone who was homeschooled, I would just have to add to the list… an adulthood of debilitating anxiety disorders! LOL!

  16. You might be a homeschooler if you can’t really explain “being homeschooled” quite clearly because…well…it’s a way of life — not just something you do from 9-3pm each day.

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