The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXVII
No. 4
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July/August
2011

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Cultivating a Love of Learning

When my son Taylor was 6 and had completed a year in a Montessori school, we started homeschooling. Since I wanted most of our schooling to be hands-on, we spent a lot of time outside and on field trips.

Taylor loved studying animals and habitats, so one of our first trips was to the Waynesboro Wildlife Center of Virginia. Before the presentation and tour, Taylor looked around the building wide-eyed and in awe at the displays.

I couldn’t help myself as I leaned over and asked, “So how do you like school?”

Without hesitation, he replied, “This isn’t school. This is learning!”

—by Kelly M. / Mt. Jackson, VA


Toddler Tyranny?

My children and I were recently discussing the Revolutionary War, when I quoted Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Our 3-year-old, who is always listening in, responded with a quick, disdainful remark ... “Okay, okay, I will give you death!”

—by the S. Family / Lebanon, IN


Choosing Sides

One day my 10-year-old daughter asked me for some help with a spelling word. She wanted to know the meaning of downside and how to use it in a sentence.

I did my best to explain it and proceeded with some example sentences: the downside of having writing class on Mondays is that we are tired, one downside of living in the country is always having to deal with wind, etc.

She thought she grasped the meaning, but wanted to come up with her own sentence. “The downside of homeschooling,” she pondered as she gazed at the ceiling, “is ...” Then leveling her gaze at me suddenly, she stated, “There isn’t any!”

I agreed!

—by Kara B. / Fairbury, IL


A Sermon Worth Noting

We were sitting in church one Lord’s Day a while ago and the pastor was talking about the difference between Adam and Christ. “Adam failed!” he exclaimed.

With a very sad, soft voice, my 2-year-old brother Adam turned to my father and asked, “Daddy, did I fail?”

It took a few minutes to reassure my brother that the pastor was not talking about him! But the incident showed that Adam was listening to the sermon.

—by Ellie P. / Hayden, CO


Invoking the Spirit of ’76

During the time frame of our American Revolution unit, I had to discipline my girls with the loss of a privilege that particularly upset my 8-year-old. She tried to bargain and debate her way out of it, but I was nonrelenting.

Desperate to get me to compromise and at her wit’s end, she blurted out, “I feel like you’re being a King George! You’re taxing me without letting me represent myself!"

Smiling inwardly at her exasperated comparison, I reflected that being likened to King George III was not what I expected when I started homeschooling!

—by Kelly H. / Loveland, CO


Search engine

Late one afternoon, I asked my 7-year-old son, Ethan, to give me a word that begins with the letter c and means the same thing as sure. Nothing registered.

I then hinted, “The c makes the ‘sss’ sound.” Still nothing registered.

So I added, “The first two letters are c-e.” To no avail.

Thinking one last clue would do the trick, I said, “The first three letters are c-e-r; they make the sound ‘ssurrr.’ ”

With an exasperated look on his face, Ethan exclaimed, “Dad! I did a Google search in my brain—and it came up ‘Zero results found’!”

—by Eric E. / Ashburn, VA


Food for Thought

My children and I were talking about “clean” and “unclean” foods and all the different foods mentioned in the Bible, such as grapes, millet, flour, and raisins. We were naming as many foods as we could think of when my 8-year-old added, “Eggs!”

Puzzled, I replied, “I’m not sure I’ve seen eggs mentioned before. Where did you hear of them?”

Without skipping a beat, he quipped, “Jesus told us to take His yoke upon us.”

After a good-natured laugh, we discussed Christ’s object lesson using oxen and agriculture. Thanks be to God for these impromptu teaching moments and the innocence of little children.

—by Leuanna M. / Hillsville, VA


No Bells in Homeschool

I had to chuckle this week when I took my homeschooled 11-year-old son to a public school 5th-grade graduation. As we left the school building after the special event, the rest of the school was having recess.

As we approached our van in the parking lot, the school bell rang and children swarmed to line up against the building. Daniel’s first reaction was, “What are the bells for?” quickly followed by, “Those kids are nice! They’re all moving out of the way because they know we’re going to back up!”

—by Mary-Jane R. / Methuen, MS


Expanding Alphabet

My 2½-year-old had begun to take an interest in the letter magnets we kept on the fridge. Every once in a while he would grab a random letter and ask, “What’s this one?”

The W caught his eye. “What’s this one?”

“Double-you,” I replied.

At bedtime, as we read an alphabet story, I pointed to the W and asked, “What’s this one?”

His answer? “Double-me!”

—by Jessica S. / Brighton, MI