The Home School Court Report
- disclaimer -
Previous Issue  C  O  N  T  E  N  T  S  

Cover Story
Love in action: The Home School Foundation

Reaching out to widows and orphans

Helping the "least of these"

Special Features
Standing against the legislative tide

Home schoolers give Preisdent Bush donations for Afghan Children

Review of the 2001 National Conference

HSLDA welcomes new litigation team member

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Active Cases

A contario sensu

In the trenches

Around the globe

Freedom watch

Notes to members

Prayer and praise

President's Page

HSLDA legal contacts for August 2001

A plethora of forms

HSLDA social services contact policy

O  N     T  H  E     O  T  H  E  R     H  A  N  D
a contrario sensu
A moment to remember

I began home schooling my son, Michael, last year. He is a very bright child but was having difficulty with math and handwriting. I searched for a handwriting curriculum that would be easy to learn and not take too long each day. I finally found one and it worked great! When Michael had learned all the upper and lower case letters, I decided he should learn to sign his name. I wrote his name on the board, but as I finished, he started to cry.

"What is wrong?" I asked.

He replied, "When I'm grown and I sign my name, I will always remember you taught me how to do it."

Need I say more about home schooling?

—Janet Raper, Madison, AL

Doing just fine, thanks!

My dear friend, Susie, always dreaded those "developmental" questions the pediatrician would ask her children. This years' interview ended rather abruptly, however, and left Susie smiling. When asked if he could count to ten, 5-year-old Isaac asked, "In English or Latin?"

—Barb Martin, Johnstown, OH

The Great Animator

My 7-year-old son, J.J., was curious about how cartoons were made. To demonstrate, I took a note pad, drew several sequential drawings of an ant walking and jumping over a barrel. I explained that an artist has to draw and color many pictures to make it appear that the character is moving. As we flipped the edge of the note pad and watched our ant move across the pages, J.J. got a better understanding of what I meant.

That afternoon as we were running some errands, J.J. sat quietly in the car contemplating what he had learned. Then he said, "Mom, I think God is the great animator. He animates all of us and colors the whole world!"

Later we looked up the word animate and read, "1. To impart life to. 2. To inspire to energy or action . . . " We concluded that God indeed was the Great Animator.

—Pamela Fry, Visalia, CA

He who has ears . . .

Recently, our 7-year-old daughter April has been curious about God's wonderful creation-the amazing human body. As a result of this interest, we have been playing an anatomy game with her and her 4-year-old little brother Alec.

It was Alec's turn to pick a body part game piece to place on his blank person game board and discuss its particular function. As he chose the ears, I asked him, "What do we use our ears for?"

He confidently replied, "To tuck our hair behind!"

—Lisa Tennyson, Dahlgren, IL

Young scientist at work

Seven-year-old Nathan: "Mom,

I jumped over that thing so easy!

I think gravity's letting up."

—Elizabeth Lemoine Twin Lake, MI

Traffic safety

Quizzing my six-year-old daughter Leah on basic safety rules, I asked her, "What do you do when you come to a red light?" Without hesitation, she answered, "Turn off the light."

—John Dickerson New Woodstock, NY

Biblical ta-"Boo!"

Eight-year-old John Paul is copying the book of Matthew as part of his schoolwork. One day, he looked up and said, "Did you know the Bible says we're not allowed to scare people?"

When I asked where he found that, he replied, "In chapter 7 where it says, 'Appear not to men "too" fast!'"

—Mr. & Mrs. Benuel Stoltzfus Parkesburg, PA

S E N D   U S   Y O U R   S T O R Y

     Humorous, warm anecdotes and true stories illustrating that home schooling is the best educational alternative around.
     All material printed in the Court Report will be credited, and the contributor will receive a free HSLDA publication of his choice. Submissions may be edited for space.

Mail to:
Attn: Stories, HSLDA
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134

Or use our
Secure Online Form.