JMJ111 *After recalling a super tedious experience at the local DMV, I need to lighten things up a bit. And so I put together the “Homeschooler’s Alphabet”. Enjoy!
Ring the School Bell 111/180 Days
On the homefront, I spent 3 “lovely” hours at the local Department of Motor Vehicles so that Sabrina and her friend Julia could get their learner’s permits. My other two daughters stayed home and did their academics independently. I didn’t realize until too late, that if you don’t make an appointment, you can plan to be there a very long time! It was awful and I didn’t have anything to do, not even a book to read. So much wasted time.
After reading some teen driving literature and visiting with my two companions, we were still waiting. Hour number one and two came and went. Hour three nearly drove me nuts as I just sat there.
Knowing it would still be a while, we stepped out a few minutes. We grabbed a couple of chocolate bars to munch on at the World Market, which on a regular day is one of my favorite stores to browse in. Returning to the DMV, it was finally our turn. After all the wait, Julia found out she will have to come back and retake the test another time. Luckily, Sabrina passed. Not an experience I wish to repeat!
After recalling this super tedious experience at the local DMV, I need to lighten things up a bit. And so I put together the “Homeschooler’s Alphabet”. Enjoy!
The Homeschooler’s Alphabet
A pple: It’s for your mother, your schoolteacher
B ullying: It’s usually not a problem
C ar schooling: Story audiotapes keep the troops happy
D ocumentaries: Fill up the Netflix queue
E nrichment opportunities: All around you
F ield trips: To the grocers and beyond are as frequent as you wish
G ates and fences: Not necessary, unless perhaps you have a toddler
H olidays: Any day mom needs a break, or else someone’s birthday
I phones: Not required in homeschooling
J ungle gyms: Your kids’ favorite Playstation
K eep it simple silly: Kiss principle, routinely forgotten by the teacher
L oud: The norm is a loud, fun, crazy house
M aps: Plastered on your den or kitchen or living room walls
N o: No mystery nuggets from the cafeteria, only mom’s home-cooking
O dds: Your kids are over-socialized
P ajama day: It can be every day!
Q uestion: Question the conventional often
R ecess: Occur at the park, or when mom is on the phone
S tyle: Your kids can invent their own
T eaching textbooks: To save the day
U niforms: Really not necessary
V illage people: They are not raising your kids
W orkshops at the science center: Mom really doesn’t want to dissect
X ‘s and O’s: Freely available from your kids all day long
Y ard work for P.E.: A win-win situation
Z oo: Get an annual pass for field trip fun
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”
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Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette