Monday, November 23, 2009

Homeschooler's Wish List

This is not mine..I didn't write it..but I sure do love it! Thank you to whoever the wrote it! I think you have summed it up well!!


1. Please stop asking us if it’s legal. If it is — and it is — it’s insulting to imply that we’re criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?

2. Learn what the words “socialize” and “socialization” mean, and use the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now. Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly. If you’re talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you can safely assume that we’ve got a decent grasp of both concepts.

3. Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.

4. Don’t assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.

5. If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either on the news or on a “reality” show, the above goes double.

6. Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You’re probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you’ve ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.

7. We don’t look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they’re in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we’re doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.

8. Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.

9. Stop assuming that if we’re religious, we must be homeschooling for religious reasons.

10. We didn’t go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational decisions.

11. Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my credentials. I didn’t have to complete a course in catering to successfully cook dinner for my family; I don’t need a degree in teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that I can’t teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there’s a reason I’m so reluctant to send my child to school.

12. If my kid’s only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he’d learn in school, please understand that you’re calling me an idiot. Don’t act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.

13. Stop assuming that because the word “home” is right there in “homeschool,” we never leave the house. We’re the ones who go to the amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays when it’s crowded and icky.

14. Stop assuming that because the word “school” is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we’re into the “school” side of education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don’t have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.

15. Stop asking, “But what about the Prom?” Even if the idea that my kid might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don’t get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I’m one of them. I might still be bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.

16. Don’t ask my kid if she wouldn’t rather go to school unless you don’t mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn’t rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.

17. Stop saying, “Oh, I could never homeschool!” Even if you think it’s some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you’re horrified. One of these days, I won’t bother disagreeing with you any more.

18. If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you’re allowed to ask how we’ll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can’t, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn’t possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

19. Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child’s teacher as well as her parent. I don’t see much difference between bossing my kid around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.

20. Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet, boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because he’s homeschooled. It’s not fair that all the kids who go to school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of anything but childhood.

21. Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she’s homeschooled.

22. Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool my kids.

23. Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool my kids.

24. Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won’t get because they don’t go to school, unless you want me to start asking about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.

25. Here’s a thought: If you can’t say something nice about homeschooling, shut up!

Friday, July 31, 2009

See With Me Bible

I love this Bible.

It is perfect for my pre-readers. There are VERY few words. The stories are well told thru the artwork. It make the younger kids feel grown up.

I like it because other young child versions have limited artwork and/or too many words.

Scrappy loves his and has carried it everywhere for 2 days now. He is thrilled cause he "has read the whole Bible"!

Great job Zonderkids and Dennis Jones! 2 thumbs way up here at our house! I can see this wonderful book will be a well worn treasure when it is all said and done!

Thursday, July 30, 2009


A very dear friend of mine has been helping me int he "now what do we do with the dyslexia diagnosis" department.

She spent a Friday night giving me ideas and encouragement. She gave me a link to check has been a huge blessing!

It is the Accelerated reader site and you can type in a book title and it will tell you what level the book is!!

I have been looking for something like this for a while..but I was finding pay site and honestly, I have WAY too many books for that. This site is free. Most of the 250+ books we have here at home are on the list.

I did find out that I have a TON of books in the 3.0+ level but not a lot in the .1-2.9 levels.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

2 Down and 2 to Go...

Tonight I finished 2 of the 4 boys first 2 weeks of school! 

I am hoping that the younger 2 do not take quite as long. 

I am holding out on the reading part for my oldest yet. 

I am still new to the whole "dyslexia" thing and am knocking around a few different options that hopefully will be a little easier to decide once we have the final testing results.

I do want to tell you about something a friend of mine way back from the 3rd grade introduced me is called a COINULATOR...and I just ordered one. I am so excited and I think it will be a wonderful fun little addition to our Math center!!  You can find out more here!
It appears that this year will be a more multi-sensory approach to schooling that we have taken in the past! I know that all the boys will benefit from that in their own way. I am stocking up on goodies as I find them..pipe cleaners, colored sand, sand paper, jump ropes, therapy balls and sit discs, fidget toys and bean bags.

Well, it's late and I have to get to eyes are drooping fast! 

But before I go, I would love to know what is your favorite educational toy?!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

WOW...what a slacker I am!! I have so neglected this blog and I feel bad about it.

However, We are starting up here in about 2 weeks and I do a better job.

Here is the latest stuff we are working on:

1. Skipper has been in to see an educational psychologist and we have some answers to  a lot of questions. The biggest is that he is Dyslexic (okay that is not the biggest but I think it is the easiest for me to get my mind and heart around right now). That makes so many other things make sense now. So we will approach the new school year with that in mind. (With the possibility that the 5 year old is also dyslexic).

2. I found the Workbox System at the end of last school year and we didn't have a lot of time to get that flowing. We will use that again this year and see what we get. I really liked what we saw with it and am excited to get going again with it.

3. This year I will be schooling 3 kids. I am still looking at it and praying it over and looking for what God knows is best for the boys. In some ways the Dyslexia diagnosis actually makes it a little easier..sound silly? Well, in my head it makes perfect sense!!

4. Scout's mom has Alzheimer's. Has had for a while. We found out about 3 weeks ago and they told us over the 4th of July. She is not doing great and of course things are going to get worse. We are trying to decide if we feel God is calling us to move back there or if we are suppose to wait a little bit.

Tonight once I get the peeps in bed, I will work on the planning side of our year and let you know what I find!

Thanks for stopping by and I promise to be a better homeschool blogger this year!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Storage idea

I have found this to be a great addition to our storage needs for our art supplies. It is a hanging shoe holder. It is just the right size for the baby wipe boxes. 

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tot School

Here are a few pictures of last week in tot school. Skeeter loves puzzles and right now his favorite is the "fishing pole" puzzle.

We created a few quiet toys for him to play with while the big boys are working. They are small water bottles. One is filled sparklie pom-pom balls, one is filled with straws and another is filled with small pieces of pipe cleaners. . He loves to dump the contents  out and put them back in.  This was a way bigger hit than I had expected.

The last few pics are of Skeeter working with his color wheel. His job is to match the objects. He is having a hard time with his colors. He is not very consistent. He really likes the color wheel and he also has a shape wheel.

Friday, January 9, 2009

When it's time to change...

Did  you hear the Brady bunch singing as you read that?? I did! 

You know the episode where they are the singing Brady Bunch and Peter's voice has started to change and the family pulls together and teachers Peter to embrace the changes that are happening to him. Yeah...that is what I heard when I typed that. 

So either you are with me here or you think I am a complete goof!

You pressure what soever!! 

No pressure at all!

Okay, I am done.

Back to my original thought.

We have made a curriculum change here. I am calling an audible and bringing in a new game plan..
We are now a Sonlight family. We will stick with the Math, handwriting and spelling..but will add the history, reading and science portions. I also really like how organized it all is. And, I want desperately to be more organized. So we will see how it goes! I really like what I have looked through so far and I LOVE all the literature that is used.I also bought a few new puzzles for Skeeter to do during his "tot school" time. 

I am hoping to add more about our tot school...but It seems like things completely get away from me and the moment has passed when I think about getting pictures. Oh well...figuring out how to school 4  is a learning process for me too. Hopefully I can get some stuff posted before Monday.

Happy Weekend!


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tim Tebow was a homeschooled kid...

This I did not know...I was so impressed 2 years ago at the Heisman ceremony by this young man. I think he has a deep presence about him. I am also very proud to be able to point to a "famous homeschooled kid" for my boys!! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Tebow!! Thank you.


......Oklahoma does not allow homeschool students to participate in public school athletics. While the state remains in the majority, the number of states allowing homeschoolers to play has grown to 24.

And the movement might get a boost from its highest-profile poster child ever — Tim Tebow.

The Florida quarterback was the youngest of Bob and Pam Tebow’s five children, all of whom were homeschooled by their deeply religious parents. Because of a Florida law that allows homeschoolers to play sports in the public school district where they live, Tebow played football for Nease High School in Jacksonville.

There, he won a state title and national acclaim. A scholarship to Florida followed, and Tebow has since won a national championship and a Heisman Trophy.

Thing is, had Florida not enacted its law in 1996, Tebow wouldn’t have played football in high school.

"None of them would have played,” Tebow’s father once told the Florida Times-Union. "We weren’t going to back off our commitment to homeschooling just to go play football somewhere.”

There are options for homeschoolers in Oklahoma, including several homeschool teams in numerous sports. While those programs are growing, they are still limited.

Could that change?

Could Oklahoma one day have the Tim Tebow Bill on the books?


Read the entire article at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Today is Monday, you know what that means......

Today is Monday and around here that means it is Muffin Tin Monday...or in the case of today...Muffin Cup Monday!

They boys LOVE this and it is easy and fun. They eat their lunch served in muffin cups/tins. The smaller 6 cup size is what we use. They get small bite size "snackie" type foods. I do things that do not require cooking.  Today was actually  "not so nutritional muffin cup monday". Oh well, you can't win all the time! 

Here is a picture of lunch today...actually Cooper's was a little different because of the gluten free thing...and Riley didn't want sunflower seeds.

They do enjoy it and get very upset if Monday comes and goes and they didn't get to do the tins!! 

P.S. This is so not my idea...lovingly borrowed it from another homeschooling mom!! ;O)

Saturday, January 3, 2009 chaos!


My school room is a total mess.

Evidently it is demolition day...
this is going to put a kink in things for a while!!!!


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