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Sometimes When You Homeschool.. You Have to Pull Out the Big Guns

I've been homeschooling since 1998.  In that time I've had a couple of children tell me they wanted to go to public school. Usually when this happens I say..

  • Go ask your father.
  • Are you sure you want to get up that early?
  • Do you want to miss out on the stuff we do during school hours?
  • Do you really want to ride a school bus?
  • You know you are not going to be able to snack whenever you want too.. AND they don't have iced tea and lemonade on tap.
  • You can't wear your pj's all day.
  • What about when we go to the American Royal? You'll have to go to school!
  • Won't you miss your mother?
  • What about Netflix? Who will watch Netflix if you are in school?

Sometimes the more brazen children will tell me; "I don't care, I'm want to go!"  When that happens, we practice going to public school the next day.  The school bus arrives at our house between 6:50am and 7:02am. 

I woke #5 up at 6:00am, if you are older and want to go to public school, you will have to get up around 5:00AM. He took a shower, had breakfast, made his lunch, packed up ALL of his textbooks and put them in his backpack and marched outside to wait by the drivers ed car (not at the end of our very long driveway) for the bus to come.

homeschool2#5 going out to wait for the bus.

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While #5 was waiting for the bus… I admired my pink crepe myrtle.

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And the butterfly bush.

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He refused to speak to me while he was waiting…  But I think he's realized this might not be all it's cracked up to be.

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The bus went by…. Can you see the yellow-orange bus?

#5 came in the house, and the plan was for us to go upstairs and start school…. and continue until public school was released. I walked upstairs… and this is what I found.

 

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He was asleep.  When he woke up he said he said; "I don't think I'm cut out for public school."

Showing Respect… AND Being a Smartie Pants

A few weeks ago the big drama in our house involved book reports.. or the lack of them actually.  My 3 oldest children in school (#2, #3 and  #3.5) owed me a book report. I reminded them a month before they were due, and then again several times as the date got closer.  Do you think they turned them in on time? 

NO… they did not… Fast forward to present day… and #5 is asked to draw "How we show respect at school."

 

That reads: "I am showing respect by turning my book report in to mom ON TIME!"

First Day of School Mobiles…

For the last 10 years we do the same thing on the first day of school.  We make our first day of school mobiles. 

#2 making coloring.

#5's finished work.

Once they color them.. they write (or I do) what their goals are, what they want to learn, how old they are, what they want to be when they grow up and their favorite things. I then cut them out, take clear packing tape and faux laminate them.  I could take them to be laminated.. but that would be a 25 mile drive… so I just use packing tape 🙂

#3.5's mobile

#2's mobile

Here's #5's goals.. "My goals are to finish 2nd grade, to read better and spell more bad words."  All I can say is he must take after his father.

I think this makes up for wanting to "spell more bad words"

Now there's a kid that takes after his mother 😉

If you Live in Kansas.. and Homeschool You should Read This.

I received an email from Midwest Parent Educators (a homeschool group).. if you live in the state of Kansas I hope you'll read this note below and call or email our Kansas State Board of Education Members.

Some Homeschooled kids I love…

Dear MPE member family in Kansas,

We received this letter from HSLDA following up on the statement by the Chair of the KSBOE proposing homeschool legislation:

"The Kansas State Board of Education has agreed to discuss homeschool legislation and regulation at its meeting on September 18–19. This issue has received much media attention. However, state law gives the Board no jurisdiction over non-accredited private schools (which includes homeschools).

It would be appropriate for the Board to operate within its proper boundaries and not stray into the area of homeschooling.

Action Requested

1. Before September 18, please write, call or email the elected member of the State Board of Education who represents your district. Your message can be as simple as, "The State Board of Education has no jurisdiction over non-accredited private schools. Please leave homeschooling off your agenda."

2. Tone is important! If your communication is respectful, polite and courteous, it will give board members a good impression of homeschool families.

3. This website shows what counties are assigned to which of the 10 districts. Below the map, click on your district number to get contact information for your board member.

Background

One board member was quoted as saying she would like to have a conversation about legislation for homeschoolers. It is not appropriate for the Board to be having conversations about regulating homeschooling since the Board has no jurisdiction over non-accredited private schools.

Kansas has a sensible legislative framework for homeschooling that has worked well for many decades. No change is necessary. The framework involves a low level of wasteful red tape (a one-time registration as a private school), but a high level of performance: a homeschool parent must be prepared to prove his or her competence as a teacher if challenged.

HSLDA sent a letter to Board Chair David Dennis on Wednesday, September 15, about the Board's plans to discuss homeschool legislation. A copy of our letter is on the HSLDA website on the Kansas homepage.

HSLDA is working closely with Kansas homeschool organizations on this issue.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association"

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