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Defining New Frontiers

When I told my 8-year-old son, Nate, to look up the word astronaut in the dictionary, he asked, “Do we have a dictionary that is not Webster’s?’

“We do, but why don’t you want to use Webster’s?” I queried.

“Noah Webster died in the mid 1800s and there weren’t any astronauts back then, so they won’t be in his dictionary,’ replied my logical young scholar.

—Jennifer M. / Grand Rapids, MN

The Write Way

When my oldest son was 7 and in the painful throes of learning penmanship, he would often complain about how silly it was that I was making him practice nice handwriting.

One day, while we were checking out at a store, he asked me, “What does prosecute mean?”

I explained it to him. With a big grin, he pointed at a sign that read “Bad check writers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Now I know why you always tell me that it’s not good to have bad handwriting!” he exclaimed.

I was half tempted to leave his conclusion unchallenged!

—Lori B. / Carlisle, PA

More X? But Y?

As I explained an extra algebra assignment to my 12-year-old, Jerin, her face showed her disappointment, frustration, and exasperation at having an extra assignment.

Her 8-year-old brother, Jackson, exclaimed: “Mom, that’s Jerin’s algebraic expression!”

—Karin H. / Palm Desert, CA

Shocking Moments in American Education

Living in Tidewater, Virginia, we are surrounded by 17th- and 18th-century historic homes, many of which are open for touring. At one such house, the docent was eager to demonstrate the differences between how children lived in the Colonial era and today. He took us up to the attic and explained that this would have been the schoolroom and playroom and that the teacher would have lived in the house with the children. “Can you imagine your teacher living in your house with you?” he asked my 8-year-old son, expecting an incredulous response.

“Well, yes,” replied my unimpressed son. “As a matter of fact, she does!”

—the C. Family / Virginia Beach, VA

An Education as Unique as a Snowflake

On a recent very snowy day here in Nashville, my son Luke decided to catch snowflakes and examine them under the microscope. We set up a “lab” in our garage, caught the snowflakes on microscope slides, and admired their beauty and uniqueness. Watching them melt was the best part.

Since the snow had forced local schools to close, the neighborhood kids were all home. They came over to investigate what we were doing and joined in, fascinated. One of them said, “We would never be allowed to do this in our school.”

I love the freedom we have in homeschooling to study what we want when a great learning opportunity arises!

—Dayna H. / Springhill, TN

The Sum of Nothing

One day, my 9-year-old daughter, Emelia, was teaching Jennie, age 3, about numbers. Emelia asked Jennie to tell me what she had learned that day. Jennie replied, “We learned about nothing.”

Emelia was quick to interpret for her sister: “She means we learned about zero.”

—Neal M. / Princeton, MN