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Vol. XXV
No. 5
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September/October
2009

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We are looking for humorous, warm anecdotes and true stories illustrating that homeschooling is the best educational alternative around.

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Occupational Therapy

One day I was crying about something. (I don’t even remember what it was now.) In an attempt to comfort me, my 6-year-old came up to me and suggested, “Maybe you should do some school work, Mommy.”

When I asked him why, he responded, “When we do school work, it always makes you so happy. I thought it might make you feel better!”

—by Candie D. / Honoka’a, HI



Algebraic Indignation

Our 11-year-old daughter, Kathryn, surprises us sometimes with her answers to word problems in math. We tend to focus on the math skills at hand, while she’s obviously thinking of … well, a bigger picture.

Here’s a recent example. The problem: “Mr. Li had $50. He gave $y to his son. The remainder was shared equally between his two daughters. Express each daughter’s share in terms of y.”

Kathryn’s answer: ‘Y did you give us half as much as he got?”

—by Don & Mariah H. / Manheim, PA



Band of Brothers

One day I was sitting in my room reading when I heard the following conversation between my two sisters:

RACHEL: Erin, I’m reading a book about Ethan Allen.

ERIN: Who’s he?

RACHEL: He started the Green Mountain Boys.

ERIN: Oh, are they a bluegrass band?

—by Jessica P. (15) / Branchville, AL



Multiplying Devotion

In math, while working on equal groups using the days in a week, I gave my daughter the following word problem: “The prince looked for the princess every day for three straight weeks. What does that represent?”

She looked at me with a solemn face and replied, “That represents how much the prince loves the princess.”

—by William H. / Columbia, CA



“Joining” in Prayer

When my husband prayed with the kids before bed one Sunday night, Nathan, our 6-year-old, took a long pause after what sounded like “Amen.”

Unsure, everyone silently waited for a moment. His 15-year-old brother finally asked, “Was that Amen or and?”

“That was a conjunction!” Nathan replied.

—by Debra S. / St. Charles, IL



Lofty Latin

My 13-month-old brother, Miller, is constantly climbing on chairs, stairs, tables, and beds … this sometimes makes it hard for Mom to teach us, because she is always rescuing him from falling or pulling him off the school table. We older kids are reluctantly learning Latin, which we sometimes think doesn’t come in handy. One day, though, when Miller was climbing on the easel, my 12-year-old brother looked over at him and said, “His motto should be Excelsior (Ever higher)!”

—by Mason K. / Suisun City, CA