The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 4
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July / August 2003


FEATURES
Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



  ON THE OTHER HAND  



A CONTRARIO SENSU

Shaping up for snack time

My 4-year-old son, Ben, was pacing around our 5' x 2' kitchen island, waiting for me to make him a snack. "Why are you walking in circles?" I asked.
"I'm not," he replied matter-of-factly. "I'm walking in rectangles."

-- Frances Jordon
Chandler, AZ

Math vs. logic

Once while grading papers, I came across my younger sister Rachel's math lesson. One of the problems read, "Mrs. Brown bought a dozen eggs. She used five in a cake. What part of the eggs is left?" Rachel's answer? "The shell."

-- Emily Andrews
Lincoln, CA

If it ain't broke...

Three-year-old Ruth had heard someone use the word "ain't" and was trying it out in conversation with 4-year-old Benjamin. Benjamin corrected her: "Don't say 'ain't.' It's a bad word."
"Why is it a bad word?" asked Ruth.
Benjamin replied, "I don't know, but it's from another language called 'Broken English.'"

-- Carrie Hoppe
Belleville, MI

Large-family logistics

While reviewing fractions with my 6-year-old daughter, I asked her what part of a candy bar she would receive if she divided it equally with her two sisters. "One-third," she replied.
"What if you had to share with Mom and Dad too?" I asked. "Then I'd get one-fifth," she answered.
Using our friends with 10 children as the next example, I asked her how much she'd get if she shared a candy bar with them. "One bite," was her well-reasoned answer.

-- Julie Moller
Princeton, MN

Thpelling without teeth

When our 6-year-old, Jody, was learning to read, she had just lost her top front teeth. One day we were playing a word game to guess opposites. When I asked her the opposite of tall, she said short. When I asked the opposite of hot, she said cold. When I asked the opposite of fat, she said skinny. Then I challenged her: "Give me another word that means skinny and starts with 'th'."
After thinking long and hard, she finally exclaimed, "Oh! I know! Thhhlender!"

-- Judy Maxwell
Elkton, MD

Soul conservation

Our family had been talking about how our souls go to heaven when we die.
"Oh, I get it," our 9-year-old son, Jacob, exclaimed. "God recycles!"

-- Mr. & Mrs. Bob Weaver
Shipshewana, IN

The case of the little cow

When my son, Stephan, was about 2 years old, we took a trip to the state fair. We were observing the animals in the livestock section when we spotted the baby calves. Having recently been taught the difference between capital letters and smaller letters, Stephan piped up, "Look Mom, there's a lower-case cow!"

-- Heidi Donlon
Antelope, CA

When you put it that way...

While studying Hungary in geography class, we learned the country's capital, population, location, and culture. When I asked my children if they knew what the most famous Hungarian "dish" is, I thought the answer (goulash) would be obvious. Until 6-year-old Justin raised his hand and guessed, "A plate?"

-- Heather Dykema
Watertown, WI

History in the making

My 8-year-old son had been enjoying watching a television series on the Civil War with his father, but friends invited him to go swimming at the same time as the last installment. Faced with a difficult decision, he finally chose swimming over finishing the series. Before he left, though, he ran to his dad and asked, "You'll tell me how it ends, won't you?"

-- Amy Giannini
Zumbrota, MN

A grammatical misstep

After reading the biblical story of Ananias and Sapphira to my 7-year-old son Samuel one day, I was impressed as he narrated it back to me. He captured the drama of Ananias's instant death after lying to the Holy Spirit-but the mood was broken when he described Peter informing Sapphira, "The men who buried your husband's feet are standing at the door."
Peter's line should have read, "The feet of the men who buried your husband are standing at the door."
We had an impromptu grammar lesson, as soon as I stopped laughing!

-- Karen Carr
West Lafayette, IN

It depends on where you start

My 8-year-old daughter, Maggie, was dawdling through her spelling assignment. Trying to urge her along, I asked, "What does calendar start with?"
"January!" she quickly replied, grinning from ear to ear.

-- Julie Moller
Princeton, MN

A new measuring stick

While my daughter, Elisa, was studying standard measurement, her little sister Tanya put together a puzzle nearby.
"Elisa, what unit of measurement would we use to figure the height of the door?" I asked.
"Feet," she replied.
"Good! What unit of measurement would we use to figure the length of a pencil?"
At that, Tanya piped up, "A leg?"

-- Naomi J. Hannay
Mohnton, PA



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