The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXIII
No. 4
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July/August
2007

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WHEN CONTEXT COUNTS

My 9-year-old daughter, Constance, was being unusually quiet as she labored over a workbook. After a considerable amount of time, she closed her book with a loud sigh, put her head on the table, and announced to all, “I am so glad we don’t live in Italy!”

“Why do you say that?” I asked.

“You know. . . . Rome . . . Italy . . . so we don’t have to use Roman numerals!” came her exasperated reply.

At least she got the geography right!

—by Kari W. / Lancaster, OH

IS THAT THE LEGAL DEFINITION?

While reading a biographical paragraph on Daniel Webster, my 9-year-old sister came upon the notation that Webster was “admitted to the bar.”

My mother stopped her and asked her, “What does ‘admitted to the bar’ mean?"

My little sister replied very seriously, “It means he was a drunkard.”

—by the S. Family / Hebron, KY

SOME BERRY GOOD PRESERVES

After berry-picking with my girls until early afternoon, my schedule unexpectedly became too full to be able to stay home the rest of the day to make all of the jam. Since the strawberries needed to be processed that day, I decided to take my chances and trust my teenage daughters to it, figuring it would be a good lesson in home economics, even though they’d never made jam before.

After making one batch with them to show them what to do, I left them to process the other 25 pounds on their own. I returned that evening to 65 jars of jam and two exhausted young ladies.

However, I knew their experience must have been rewarding when I reached for a jar of the brightly colored preserves and read this handwritten label: “Three spoonfuls of Ruby Jam is your ticket to home; Dorothy has her ways—we have ours.”

—by Julie V. / Trimont, MN

NOT EXACTLY, BUT GUARD THAT, TOO!

One morning as I was giving our Bible lesson, I began to wonder if I may have been overdoing it just a little in my teaching of history.

After reading from Proverbs 3:21, “Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life” (The Message), I asked my then 7-year-old daughter, “Can you tell me what common sense is?”

Quizzically, she shot back, “A book by Thomas Paine?”

—by Randi L. / Amelia, OH

A PICK-ME-UP FROM MY KIDS

On a day when I really needed encouragement to continue homeschooling, the Lord sent it through my children. That morning, my 9-year-old daughter told me that if she ever gets married and has kids she is going to homeschool them.

“Why?” I asked.

She replied that she likes to be homeschooled and she thinks her kids would like it, too.

Later that same day, my 7-year-old son was asked by someone if he liked being homeschooled. He said he did, because “we get done sooner than the public school kids and we get a better education!”

That was just the pick-me-up I needed!

—by Cindy B. / Camdenton, MO

LOVES HOMESCHOOLING!

I have always been homeschooled, from the time I was 5 years old. I never even went to daycare, because my Nana (my grandmother) watched me. I love being able to start school late, yet finish before public schools let out! People think I’m weird—just because my favorite subjects are the ones most kids hate: history, math, and science. (Sir Isaac Newton would be shocked to hear some kids complaining about doing math in science. Those go hand in hand! How else can you find the mechanical advantage of screws, levers, and pulleys?)

I enjoy science, mostly because we use Apologia. My friend and I greatly enjoy Dr. Jay L. Wile’s Exploring Creation with General Science! Some of the experiments are gross, but we love it!

Sonlight’s history is totally awesome! We read real books instead of textbooks, so even my 5-year-old brother talks about John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Samuel Adams. My favorite book was The Sign of the Beaver; my brother’s was Pedro’s Journal; and my 9-year-old sister’s favorite was Phoebe the Spy.

I just wanted to let you know how much I love homeschool!

—by Kimberlee Nicole G., 13 / Gaithersburg, MD