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.
Mail submissions to:
Attn: Stories, HSLDA
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134
Or email us (include “Stories” in the subject line) at: ComDept@hslda.org
Mark that Date
During Operation Desert Storm we stopped our “regular” school agenda and focused on the Middle East, studying maps, current events, culture, etc. We topped off our week with a meal that included dates for dessert. We were puzzled at the reaction of our then 6-year-old, Josh, until we realized that he didn’t understand that a date was a fruit. He picked one up, turning it over in his hands, and asked, “But how do they get the little numbers on them?”
—by Bobbi K. / Simpsonville, SC
I’ve been having my 3rd-grade daughter work through her grammar book independently, reading the directions and doing the assignments. When she’s finished, I check to make sure she has comprehended the material and that she completed her assignments correctly.
One day, she apparently read the assignment directions without actually reading the lesson. The book had just introduced sentence diagramming for subjects and verbs. Imagine the confusion I felt when I checked her page and saw little pictures on each line. Curious, I checked the directions and read, “Diagram the subject and verb of each sentence.” She had taken the directions literally and had drawn a little picture of each noun and verb.
—by ReNae S. / Algonquin, IL
Hammering out the Intent
My son was busy cracking pine nuts by tapping them with a hammer. He had my hammer as well as his own smaller hammer out on the counter. His hammer had come apart and he was using only the head, which was disconnected from the handle. Because I was busy doing other things, I did not realize at first what he meant when he announced, “Mommy, even though my head is smaller than yours, I think it works just as good!”
—by Darci Z. / Keensburg, CO
Bring them Home
Shortly after we began homeschooling our kindergartener, my husband, who is an officer in the Air Force, had to attend a several-month class in another state, leaving us at home. Our daughter and I took a road trip to Grandma’s, and Daddy met us there for a lovely visit. During the long drive back home without Daddy, our daughter began to cry and ask why he couldn’t come home with us. Why did we have to leave him again?
I explained that Daddy was taking a class and had to stay there for school, to which our tearful 5-year-old exclaimed, “Why can’t Daddy be homeschooled?”
—by Michele J. / Springfield, VA
Courtesy of the family
Valerie’s family began homeschooling partly to give their
more time to
just be kids.
No Place Like Home
After my first child had attended a private school for three years, my enchantment was fading—the time wasted waiting in lines, in the cafeteria, and on chaotic field trips! Each day, as I picked up my 1st-grader from school, she would drag into the car and break out bickering with her younger siblings and me. As we were pulling away from the school one day, I asked her why she was always so impatient and angry when picked up from school.
“Momma, I’m just tired of being good,” she replied.
I realized that during her three years of attendance, she had never once
been reprimanded in school and had never gotten into any kind of trouble, but she must have had to put forth such effort to “be good” that by the time I came to pick her up, she was spent! The teachers, the school—they were getting her best, and we were getting her leftovers!
Everything immediately became very clear: why, we could school in half a day, do our outside activities and farm chores, and still have time to climb trees, play in creeks, and explore, all before daddy got home!
I now homeschool Rose (7th grade), Sonny (5th grade), and Andy (3rd grade). We have never looked back. We do most things together as a family and my children love it! I love having my children home with me every day. Homeschooling has been one of the most significant decisions I’ve ever made, next to marrying my husband Julian, rededicating my life to my Lord Jesus, and deciding to be a momma!
—by Valerie H. / Brentwood, TN