The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXIV
No. 2
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March/April
2008

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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. Please be aware that we cannot return photographs.

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Finding Joy in Melancholy

When my 6th-grade daughter spelled the word melancholy as melon collie in her dictation assignment, our imaginations were fired. Language Arts became Fine Arts as we all got out our drawing supplies and came up with our artistic interpretations of what “melon collies” would look like. Our canine cantaloupe creatures now adorn the wall!

—by Beth C. / Tiverton, RI



Talk about a Chain Reaction!

As I helped my 7-year-old son clean up a spill, I said, “You have to clean it up completely or the stickiness will attract ants.”

My son replied, “Yeah, and the ants will attract spiders and the spiders will attract birds and the birds will attract hawks and the hawks will attract mountain lions and before you know it, we’ll have a whole food chain just because I spilled a glass of juice.”

—by Mr. & Mrs. Randall G. / Burnsville, NC



Real-time Ecology

One morning, my daughter Emma’s elementary science book had a lesson on photosynthesis. I momentarily wondered if this concept wasn’t too complicated for a 7-year-old, but I went on to explain the amazing way God designed trees to make oxygen. She was intrigued and wanted to know how this happens, so we talked about how trees use the carbon dioxide we breathe out.

After lunch, we went on a bike ride. It was a particularly hot day and I suggested we rest at the next shady spot. As we reached the shade, my daughter got off her bike and removed her helmet. The gentle breeze was so refreshing that Emma threw her hands up into the air and said, “I praise you, God, for trees!” She seemed to be in deep thought for a moment. Then she looked up at the tree overhead and deeply exhaled some puffs of air towards its leaves, saying thankfully, “A little something for you.”

It dawned on me that my daughter was giving the tree a little carbon dioxide in thanks for the much-treasured shade it was providing. I laughed at the sweetness of it—she really did grasp her science lesson!

—by Debbie T. / Santa Maria, CA



Math Makes Him Hungry

After looking through his new math book, my 10-year-old son quipped, “Mom, I wish I got to eat all the pi in this book!”

—by Margaret C. / Gunnison, CO



New Take on a Collective Noun

During school recently, I was reading an article to my two sons about the names of different groups of animals: a group of lions is known as a pride, a group of fish is called a school, etc. The end of the article asked the question, “What do you call a group of students?”

I was expecting my boys to say something similar to the answer given in the article: a class. Five-year-old Cody quickly corrected me. Without hesitation, he responded, “It’s a family!”

—by Joyce T. / Grand Junction, CO



And We Have the Numbers to Prove It…

On a family vacation, I was assigned a seat on the airplane next to a professor from one of our local universities. In conversation, she found out that my “occupation” is homeschooling our 7-year-old son.

Thrilled, the professor explained that she teaches binary math, and her best students are the ones who were homeschooled. She said her homeschooled students are able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide without the use of a calculator, are able to follow directions, and are less apt to cheat on tests.

This woman is one of the many people I have recently encountered who supports the homeschooling movement. Thanks be to God for the work He is doing!

—by LuAnn L. / Spring Hill, FL



Another Beautiful Homeschool Moment

One day while encouraging my 8-year-old son to say the Latin word for friend, I asked, “Who do you like to spend time with? Who do you like to play with?” After a moment of thought he stated, “My sibling!”

Ahhhh…another beautiful homeschool moment, especially since his sibling is a sister three years his senior. Amicus now has a much deeper meaning in our home.

—by Becky S. / Carmel, IN



Leased with Love

One night during family devotions, my husband was stressing to our seven children that they belong to the Lord. My husband explained that he and I did not create them, but that they were formed by the Lord. He went on to say that God had entrusted them to our care, in order to raise them for Him.

At the end of our worship time, my husband reviewed the evening’s lesson with the children: “Now, let’s see how much you remember. Do I own you?”

Our 9-year-old piped up, “Nope! You’re just renting us!”

—by Laura L. / La Grange, KY