The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXVII
No. 5
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September/October
2011

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Send Your Story About Why Homeschooling is the Best!

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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Additions to Old McDonald’s Farm

I overheard my daughter, then 4, singing in the library and knew the lessons of her older siblings were sinking in.

“Old McDonald had a farm, E, I, E, I, O … and sometimes Y.”

—by Lisa W. / Bement, IL


Setting the Code Straight

When my son was 5 years old, he picked out a king costume, complete with crown and royal purple robe, to wear to our church’s harvest festival.

As he strutted around in a kingly manner, adults would ask, “Are you King Arthur? Are you the king from Rumpelstiltskin?”

We experienced a lot of blank stares and presented many impromptu history lessons as my son disdainfully rejected those suggestions, boldly clarifying, “No, I’m King Hammurabi!”

—by Kelly M. / Caldwell, ID


The One-class Schoolhouse

Entering our fourth year of homeschooling, I recently asked my youngest daughter if she regretted that she never got to go to public school as her older sisters had. After careful consideration, she explained that she wouldn’t like to go to public school unless she was able to be in the same class as her sisters!

—by Beth C. / La Porte, IN


Alpha, Beta, Huh?

In 2nd grade, my homeschooled son had a best friend in a local Greek charter public school. Since their students always test very high on standardized tests, we were always hearing about the benefits of attending this school, and the virtues of a Greek immersion program.

So imagine my son’s excitement to find out we were starting our own studies on Ancient Greece. After one afternoon spent reading aloud some captivating history, he greeted his friend with, “Hey—we’ve been learning all about Sparta and Athens!”

“What’s that?” his buddy responded.

I guess we’re not doing too shabbily after all!

—by Kara S. / Clearwater, FL


Nothing to Sneeze At

In our homeschool lesson, we’d been discussing carbon and the things it’s found in. As we reviewed, we came up with a pretty good list: trees, diamonds, charcoal, and carbon dioxide in the air we breathe out.

Then my 6-year-old piped up: “And those Kleenex things in your body!”

Kleenex things? After a moment, we realized, ah, yes, our tissues!

—by Jane B. / Connersville, IN