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a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA legal contacts for September/October 2002



HSLDA resolves "small" problem

Christopher J. Klicka

A soda seed

While exploring nature near our home, my six-year-old son Timothy pulled a long root from the ground and exclaimed, "Look, Dad, now I can make root beer!"

John Dickerson
New Woodstock, NY

In the eye of the beholder

Since our son developed an interest in attracting various birds to our country home feeder, studying birds became part of our homeschooling venture. I commented one day how the "daddy" cardinal we were observing was bright red and prettier than the "mommy" cardinal nearby.

As six-year-old Brad stood watching the pair of cardinals from the kitchen window, it warmed my heart to hear him reply, "I bet the daddy cardinal thinks the mommy is prettier."

Julie Hartman
Fairmount, IN

One to grow on . . .

Having mastered her own lessons, our five-year-old daughter proceeded to teach her dolls. She lined all of them up to deliver a lecture on health: "If you drink lots of water, it will survive you with healthfulness. With the survivement and healthment, you could be more bigger."

Naomi J. Hannay
Mohnton, PA

The continental divide

When my brother Jedidiah was 5, he was looking at the world map in our living room and recognized the Falkland Islands, near South America. Seeing the opportunity for a geography lesson, I explained to him that the Falklands belong to the United Kingdom, and pointed to where that was located. He stood looking at the map, comprehending the 6,000-mile distance from Britain to the Falklands, and then exclaimed, "My, they really floated away!"

Jeremy D. Brightbill
Bradenton, FL

The old-scientist theory

Driving home from picking up flowers at my sister's, I told my children we were going to have record lows that night and would have to take the flowers inside. They were unsure what "record lows" meant, so I explained that it was going to be colder than any other May 18 since they have been keeping track and writing down temperatures.

My 7 year old didn't know if "they" meant my sister's family or someone else, so I clarified that I meant "scientists."

When I explained that the scientists had been keeping record of temperatures for over 100 years, my five-year-old asked incredulously, "Wow . . . how old are those scientists?"

Mary Beth Henderson
Pittsburgh, PA

Nutritionally balanced prey

Shortly after my 6-year-old son studied the food pyramid, he overheard my mother tell me that something had attacked a cousin's goat.

In response, I related an article in our local newspaper that described goats and cats as the food of choice for coyote.

My son confidently noted, "Goats and cats are in the coyote's meat and protein category."

Mrs. Roger Sears
New Philadelphia, OH

Survival of the fruit-est

While attending a banquet, our family could not find a table with enough seats for all of us to sit together. As we scattered here and there to find seats, 4-year-old Joseph found a seat next to a very nice man.

During the meal, they had a pleasant conversation. Noticing Joseph's third helping of fruit, the man exclaimed, "Son! If you eat any more fruit you're going to turn into a fruit!"

"No, sir!" Joseph politely responded. "That would be evolution, and we know that's a lie!"

Ken & Jill Mudd
Ellettsville, IN

Short-order weather

As our family drove past a factory, our 5 year old noticed smoke coming from the smokestack. Turning to his oldest sister, he asked, "Katie, is that where they make clouds?"

Karen Walsh
Palmer, MA

Juiced it up!

While eating a pickle, our son Daniel, 7, noticed a small hole in the plaster above an electrical socket in the kitchen. Curious, Daniel dumped some pickle juice into the hole.

When sparks flew from the hole, he threw water on the "fire." This resulted in considerably more pyrotechnic activity. Finally the circuit breaker activated, relieving Daniel's fears that the house might burn down. When Stephanie, 14, asked him if he "did it on purpose," he replied, "No, I just wondered what would happen."

Mary E. Luce
Radcliff, KY

The evolving find

Evan could hardly wait till Dad got home from work to tell him about his fruitful day of digging in the garden.

Evan: "Dad! We found a dinosaur bone today!"

Dad: "No, you didn't really, did you?"

Evan: "Honest, we did! It was a real one! Or maybe it was a chicken bone."

Naomi J. Hannay
Mohnton, PA

Send us your story

We are looking for 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