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January / February 2005

State Legislation Summary—2004
2004 art contest

Our Judges

Winners of the three categories
PHC beats Oxford in debate
GenJ: Into the land

What are Generation Joshua & HSLDA PAC?

Sodrel: One very tight race . . .

Davis: In a dead heat

From the heart

2004 in review

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Members only
About campus
President's page


On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise




Exploring the world in his pajamas

While studying the Nuba of Sudan, 5-year-old Arkin La uses Nuba face patterns to masquerade as a bird.

— Lisa La
Palmdale, CA

Definitional distress

Though my sons (ages 5 and 8) are constant companions and playmates, they don't always get along. Something less than love must have been in my older son's heart one afternoon as I read aloud to them. Checking for comprehension, I asked Chris what a "half-brother" was. With a sigh, Chris replied, "You don't really like him, but he's still your brother."

— Fran Jordan
Chandler, AZ

Puzzling PTA

I was checking the school week's lesson plans when my 9-year-old son, Josiah, walked in and asked me what I was doing. I replied, "Just checking the school records. It is the end of the nine-week quarter, so I think it is time for a parent-teacher conference."

Looking very puzzled, he finally said slowly, "But Mom, wouldn't that mean you were talking to yourself?"

— Margie Gnann
Wever, IA

A real dreamer

My 7-year-old son, Nathan, began to read a storybook version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I asked him if he liked it. He said yes and asked, "It was written by that Shakespeare person, right?"

When I told him it was, Nathan added, "He was the guy that was famous for making things up, wasn't he?"

— Karen Lehman
Midland, MI

Ask the author

Our kids were intrigued by our recent homeschooling unit that combined the study of the Bible with world history and geography. At the same time, our 10-year-old's writing journal posed the question, "If you could spend 24 hours with anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you do with that person?"

Josh responded, "If I could spend time with anyone it would be God and we would study history." I guess he decided to go right to the top to get the scoop on how everything fits together historically!

— Steve & Penny Wilson
Brooksville, FL

Adding humor

While I reviewed addition with my middle son, my youngest worked with his magnetic letter forms. "Now remember," I said, "put down the two and carry the one."

As I continued talking, my youngest son left the room. Half a minute later he returned, dramatically striding past the table and back. "What are you doing?" I asked.

"You said ‘carry the one' so I'm carrying it," he explained, and held out a magnetic number one from his set.

— Anonymous

Cold logic

While I was teaching my 5-year-old daughter Dawn about the seasons, we made our own calendar. Dawn exclaimed, "Hey, I figured out why the last four months end in ber." I asked her why.

She answered, "Because those are the cold months and everyone walks around going ‘Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!'"

— Linda Goodall
West Haven, CT

Testing God's vocabulary?

My 5-year-old, Ezekiel, likes to practice writing his name and address by filling out the church attendance card when sitting with me during the service. I told him he would need to write smaller to fit everything on the lines.

He whispered back to me, "It's okay. God can read big words."

— Diane Gookins
Manteca, CA

Just one quick question

Sometimes during school, my mom has to be a few places at one time. Once I had a math problem I needed some help with, so she came to help me. On her way across the room, she was interrupted by my brother: "Mom, I just have a quick question." Then another brother needed some assistance, too.

Just as my mom finally reached my side, my 3-year-old sister Anna came running up. "Mom, I just have a quick question," she announced. Mom turned toward her.

"Can I have a cookie?" Anna asked.

— Naphtali Laura Rothrock (age 13)
Sprakers, NY

You'd better look it up

During our homeschooling years, we have had a few conversations that just did not make sense. Green Berets are not pretty flowers, and water moccasins are certainly not shoes!

— Laurie Eilts
Norwalk, IA

Biblical botany

In our homeschool, science and nature studies provide numerous opportunities to learn about theology as well. God's creation testifies of Him and glorifies Him. Perhaps 6-year-old Evan was thinking of this when he identified the two types of trees (evergreen and deciduous) as "evergreen and religious."

— Connie Wang
Sandy, UT

The incredible edible a

My oldest daughter was helping her younger sister with phonics flashcards. With each card she held up, she said, "The sound of this letter is what?" At the letter a, my younger daughter was stumped.

"What sound does apple make?" prodded my oldest daughter, trying to help.

Her younger sister proudly exclaimed, "Crunch!"

— Carol Verdin
Georgetown, TX

Send us your story

We are looking for humorous, warm anecdotes and true stories illustrating that homeschooling is the best educational alternative around.

All material printed in the Court Report will be credited, and the contributor will receive a $10 coupon good toward any HSLDA publication of his choice. Submissions may be edited for space. Mail to:

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