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
Imagine all the People …
My 5th-grade son practiced his end-of-the-unit speech at home in front of an imaginary audience. He had his points in order on a card, gestured toward the proper props and maps, and knew just when to pass around food for everyone to taste. He was all set.
Alas! During his live presentation,the real audience threw him off his groove by asking questions and making comments!
When I checked on him afterwards, he was fuming, “They didn’t listen right! I didn’t get to say it like I wanted!”
I assured him that he hit all his points and did a fine job, but he was still disgusted and stalked off muttering, “Invisible people are better!”
What Else Would We Do?
Sitting at the kitchen table, I was reviewing punctuation rules with 8-year-old Aaron.
“What do we do with stories?” I asked.
Before Aaron could reply, his 4-year-old brother Timothy promptly answered, “We read ’em!”
—by Donna L. / Fairplay, MD
Confines of Math
My 12-year-old daughter, Emily, was catching up on math lessons. She had just finished working on units of weight and turned the page. As she looked over the next lesson on units of capacity, she sighed and exclaimed, “Can we just skip this unit of captivity?”
—by Mrs. James L. / Plessis, NY
Just a Young Buck
My son James and I were talking about numbers and all the different places we use them: money, counting, calendars, ages, and addresses, for example. He realized that he was older than 6 but not yet 7, so we counted up the months and found out that he was actually 6 and three-quarters. “Hey, Mom!” he said excitedly. “I’m almost a dollar!”
A Choice Confirmed
My husband and I decided to start homeschooling our four children four years ago. We are completely assured and happy about our choice, but my mother often expresses her concern regarding our decision with questions such as “How will they ever learn to deal with all the mean people out in the world?”
After our youngest, Annie, started kindergarten, we visited Mom in Tennessee. Mom was enjoying watching the kids play and made a comment about how “cute and tiny” Annie was.
I playfully jabbed back, “Yeah, and you wanted to put her on a school bus.”
Annie immediately perked up, stomped over to Mom, clenched her little fists, thrust her arms straight down by her side, and asked incredulously, “You wanted to put me on a school bus?!”
Mom and I laughed and laughed, Annie seemed quite proud of herself, and I think that just maybe Mom’s heart softened a bit toward homeschooling that day.
—by Holly S. / Silver Spring, MD
Outside the Box
In a college application essay, my 17-year-old senior, D.J., answered the question, “What contribution will you make to our school?” He maintained that because he was homeschooled, he would add a new perspective to the campus. Summing up his essay and homeschooling in general, he wrote, “I believe that people raised outside the box find it easier to think outside the box.”
—by Ellen S. / Redlands, CA
They Never Knew What Hit Them
One evening several years ago, we were all seated around the dinner table and my two children had just been handed their plates.
Politely, my 5-year-old son asked, “Mom, will you please assault my mashed potatoes?”
Once I finished laughing, I explained that I thought he meant salt his potatoes.
Without missing a beat, my 7-year-old daughter quipped, “Well, you did beat them!”
Independently Arrived at Her Conclusion
8-year-old Anna: I am really good at remembering facts in history.
Big sister Colleen: Oh really? Do you remember the birthday of our country?
Anna: Of course I do. It’s July 4.
Colleen: That’s right, but what year?
Anna: [Pausing for thought] Every year!
—by Donna R. / Parlin, NJ
A Measure of Success
While grocery shopping at the commissary one day with my two sons (ages 6 and 9), I was standing in the dairy section comparing prices on milk. “How much is that gallon of milk over there?” I asked the boys.
They instinctively responded in unison, “Sixteen cups!”
—by Amber M. / Wichita Falls, TX
Dogs Don’t Discriminate
Just this last year, God gave us a farm in Kentucky. And with the farm came two dogs, shortly followed by a third in the form of a puppy! All of our children are thrilled, including 9-year-old Hope, who said to me the other day, “I don’t know why they say dogs are man’s best friends. They like girls just as much!”
—by Paula M. / Albany, KY