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
Building a Better Sentence
I was going over some workbook pages with my 6-year-old daughter recently when I asked her, “What is wrong with this sentence?”
She replied, “Nothing. I like this sentence.”
“But what does it need?”
She examined it carefully for a few minutes before triumphantly exclaiming, “It needs a pyramid at the end!”
—by Kerri W. / Franklinton, LA
Fuel for the Food Chart
When my daughter, Autumn, was kindergarten age, she and I drew a poster of the food pyramid. We drew little pictures of food inside each box and talked about the food groups. When we talked about the cereals group, I told her we use wheat and oats to make bread.
“And what do we make from corn?” I asked.
Autumn’s reply was enthusiastic: “Gasoline!”
—by Rachel R. / Rubicon, WI
When I discovered that somebody had mistakenly thrown out the wishbone I had saved, my 5-year-old brother declared sadly, “We could have planted that wishbone and grown a chicken!”
—by Caitlin B. (14) / Westford, MA
Adjusting his focus
My son Stephen is a reluctant reader.
When he was 6 years old, he had his first eye exam. The nurse asked him to look into the device and read what he saw. He looked in the machine for a long time without saying anything. The nurse asked again if he could read what he saw to her.
Stephen replied, “I can’t. My mom hasn’t taught me how to read those kinds of words yet.”
We all started laughing and explained that the letters didn’t spell words and that we just needed to know if he could clearly see the letters.
—by David & Germaine F. / Sacramento, CA
Educational Arc de Triomphe
My three kids are a part of a Classical Conversations group in North Carolina.
Part of the curriculum includes committing important history information to memory through song. Being a homeschooling family, we are accustomed to raised eyebrows and eye-rolling by friends and neighbors if the subject of schooling comes up.
One day when I was in a discussion with a friend about a history topic, the subject of Napoleon came up.
She asked, “Wasn’t Napoleon Bonaparte a famous inventor or something?”
Before I could answer her, my 4-year-old looked up from her toy pony and in her baby voice lisped out, “Napoleon Bonaparte of the French Empire was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British General Wellington soon after the war of 1812 in the United States.”
My friend’s jaw dropped open, and I just smiled.
—by Cady D. / Raleigh, NC
One evening, my 6-year-old son, Caleb, was munching on his all-time favorite snack, milk and cookies. Upon finishing all the cookies on his plate, he noticed he still had half a glass of milk left. After pausing to assess the situation, he called to me in his serious, thoughtful voice and said, “Dad, I think I need some more cookies to wash down my milk!”
—by Dave C. / Lords Valley, PA
The other day while driving into town, my daughter Hannah (12) said, “Mom, you should have been a preacher because you can take a really small point and talk about it for a very, very, very long time.”
—by Tracey P. / Redding, CA
All I want for Christmas
Before Christmas, I asked my 7-year-old daughter what she wanted.
She responded, “If I couldn’t homeschool, I would ask for it for Christmas.”
That really warmed my heart and made me realize that homeschooling is a precious gift we give our children.