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.
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Attn: Stories, HSLDA
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134
Or email us (include “Stories” in the subject line) at: ComDept@hslda.org
It’s all Greek to Me
I was giving my 3-year-old cousin, Christopher, his weekly violin lesson when I decided to introduce the concept of alphabet letters indicating pitches and fingerings. Knowing he had memorized the alphabet, I asked him to recite the musical alphabet. He showed some hesitation, so I tried a different approach. “What comes after A in the musical alphabet?”
“Beta!” Christopher exclaimed. While I took a moment to comprehend his answer, he launched into a recitation of the entire Greek alphabet: “Alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, zeta, eta …”
—by Hannah A. / Greencastle, IN
As part of a writing lesson, my husband was reading a history book excerpt about Alexander the Great and his conquest of Persia to 6-year-old Douglas. “Alexander the Great was 300 years older than Jesus,” my husband told Douglas.
Our son shook his head firmly. “No, Daddy,” he insisted. “Jesus is God, and God has no beginning and no end, so Alexander can’t be older!”
—by Carolyn P. / Walton, NY
The Mathematical Nature of Man
We homeschool our four children, ages 6 through 13, and the kids each have their own desk for school. They do all their work there, except Luke, our 7th-grader, who has made a habit of taking his math assignment to the sunny dining room table. One day, Annie, our 1st-grader, was doing her math at the same time as Luke, so she took her worksheet to the dining room and snuggled up next to Luke as he was working intently on a difficult assignment.
“Oh, Luke, that’s so sweet. She wants to do her math just like you,” I said.
Luke didn’t even look up as he dryly replied, “Annie, you have to learn to complain.”
—by Holly S. / Silver Spring, MD
Latin by Immersion
The effectiveness of little ones learning through pure osmosis proved itself again. While giving a spelling test to my 4th-grade daughter and 2nd-grade son, both of whom also study Latin, I set up a pronoun-sorting activity for my 3-year-old, so he could practice recognizing the simple words he and she with little
picture cards. When I got a break between reciting words for the older ones to spell, I pointed to the “she” picture and asked Manny, “What does this card say?”
He promptly and confidently answered, “Femina,” which is Latin for woman!
—by Tracy L. / Richmond, CA
A Peasant’s Choice?
I was listening to my 10-year-old daughter read aloud a history selection. She does pretty well, but occasionally makes a mistake. I’ve taught her to shake off the mistake and continue reading, rather than stop completely and get frustrated.
Nessa (reading about the peasants in Ivan IV’s torture chamber): “Victims were tortured, fired … ” (an imperceptible pause) “ … fried, and impaled.”
Mom (thinking I’d tease her a bit on this little blunder, since she was hoping I’d missed it): “If I was tortured and had that choice, I think I’d pick being fired.”
Nessa: “Mom! You can’t be fired from being a peasant!”
—by Lisa J. / Leesburg, VA
Education at Work
My daughter, Autumn (16), works part-time at the local mercantile selling her crafts and running the register. During one transaction, a customer exclaimed, “A person that can make change! Finally, my hard-earned tax dollars have paid off!”
Autumn smilingly replied, “I’m homeschooled.”
The woman leaned forward and lowered her voice. “I believe homeschooled children get a much better education. Don’t say anything, though. I work for the school district!”
After the customer left, the second cashier, a young public-schooled coworker, said, “I think I have just been insulted!”
“No,” my daughter responded, “I was just complimented.”
—by Lori A. / Bradford, PA
Being Dead On
One evening, I overheard our 11-year-old daughter, Darcy, naming the presidents who died in office to her 8-year-old brother, Ethan. As she was completing the list, “ … Harding, Roosevelt, and Kennedy,” Ethan spoke up emphatically, “Kennedy didn’t die in office; he died in Dallas!”
—by Philip & Lydia A. / Blue Ridge, GA
A mind as quick as a chariot!
My 8-year-old and 3-year-old boys were picking personalities for a Roman chariot race around the living room couch. After the older one claimed his identity, the younger one shouted: “I’m Assurbanipal!”
When his 3-year-old diction brought a blank stare from his older brother, he helpfully added, “From your homework!”
—by Jody I. / Elizabethtown, KY
Language Acquisition in Action
My 6-year-old was in the bathroom one night and after looking in the garbage exclaimed, “Mom! Thank you so much for finally getting rid of that old toothbrush! Good riddance, I say! Thank you!”
After laughing, I asked where he had heard good riddance.
He quoted from the book we had finished studying a couple weeks before: “ ‘Papa Piccolo’s first thought was good riddance!’ when he saw the kittens floating away.”
A Damsel in Distress
After my children studied the Middle Ages and learned about knights and chivalry, I didn’t realize how deeply the concepts had sunk in. One evening, when the children were supposed to be cleaning and straightening up, my 3-year-old daughter, Louisa, started crying. With tears and sobs, she wailed, “Keegan (her 11-year-old brother) is not being chivalrous to me!”