The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXIII
No. 3
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May/June
2007

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

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IS THAT SOCIALIZATION?

I was a dad who was against homeschooling for the “socialization” reason. While driving through town one day, my wife pointed out a few obviously socialized children standing on a street corner. They had spiked, multi-colored hair and jewelry piercings in strange places, and they were smoking and teasing one another.

When I reached the house and turned off the engine of our car, my gentle wife simply asked me, “Are you sure you want our children ‘socialized’?”

I spent the next week looking into homeschooling options.

—by Dick N. / Eunice, MO

A CHILD’S BEST FRIEND

After I disciplined my 8-year-old son for disobeying, he asked for forgiveness, which he promptly received. He observed, “Parents are like dogs—they forgive you no matter what.”

—by Angie H. / Evansville, IN

SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNFINISHED

I was recently working on a rather difficult jigsaw puzzle with my 7-year-old daughter, Madeleine, when an “oldie-but-goodie” song started playing on the radio. I began merrily singing along, but Madeleine soon lost interest in the puzzle and headed off to another room to find something more fun to do. As 4-year-old Abby watched me becoming more and more frustrated with the puzzle, I turned to her and asked, “I should probably stop, huh?”

“Yes!” Abby said without hesitation.

“But I just hate leaving this undone,“ I replied. “Don’t you hate leaving things when they aren’t finished?”

“Oh,” she said, as a disappointed look spread across her face. “I thought you meant the singing.”

—by Ginger G. / Lovington, NM

SIDE BY SIDE

Parents (or teachers) shape a child’s worldview—not politically correct play sets! Overhearing our son John playing with his antique “cowboys and Indians” collection taught us this. Pretending to be a news reporter at the war he had arranged on the living room carpet, John announced: “This army is ‘coordinized’ and well-operated. Look at this—all the cowboys and Indians against the bad guys!”

—by Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. / Granger, IN

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S SUPERMOM!

I think homeschooling is the best because your children might think you are Supermom! Here’s a composition written by our son (who might be exaggerating a bit):

Housecleaner, cook, doctor, teacher, and many other things that I could not even start to think of—all these things are everyday jobs for Supermom. How she does it is unbelievable. We eat supper, get up, go into the living room for a few minutes, come back, and everything is clean. We go to bed at night, get up the next morning, and the whole house is clean. My mom is one Supermom! Whenever we get sick, she gives us medicine and tells us to go to bed. We get up the next morning and we are well. When I have problems with geometry, she comes back to my room and figures out the problem, and I get it right. If anyone is qualified to be a Supermom, my mom is. Supermoms are hard to find. They are one of a kind. I am glad my mom is a Supermom.

—by Jim and Sharon P. / King George, VA

THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE

Since I have 19 students in the homeschool chemistry class I teach in my home, and since the class is two hours long, I usually give the students a short break halfway through class. In the past, several students tended to interrupt my teaching to ask for a break, so in order to help them understand that we would break when I was at a good stopping place in my notes, I started adding 10 minutes to my lecture if someone interrupted me to ask for a break.

Recently, about halfway through lecture time, one of my students spoke up: “Mrs. Ruth, this has nothing to do with what we’re talking about, but we heard that NASA came up with this interesting compound. It’s made up of bromine-7 (Br7), earthenium-3 (Ea3), and potassium-5 (K5).

It looks really neat when you write it out. Can you do that, Mrs. Ruth?”

Knowing there was no such thing as earthenium, but wanting to humor this student, I wrote out the compound name on the board: Br7Ea3K5. It took me a minute to realize he was asking for a break. After a really good laugh, I did end up lecturing for another 10 minutes! That was one of the funniest moments ever in my science classes. What a creative way to bend the rules—I’m still laughing!

—by Ruth S. / Abita Springs, LA