Monthly Archives: February 2010

Comparing Yourself to Public School (As In – Don’t)

How many of you have had to answer the question, "How do you know that you’re teaching them the same thing they’d be learning in public school?"

I’ve got to admit that not only have I had to answer this question, but I used to ask it too. I was an Elementary Education major in college when I first met a homeschool family and I cringe now at how I absolutely grilled that mom.

As a general rule, I’d say that people really don’t realize what an offensive question that is. (I certainly didn’t.) They have been indoctrinated with the idea that some decision-maker in the educational system knows what is grade appropriate for every child and that all children/schools should basically follow that course.

But we know better. Just as children potty train at different ages, we know that they can learn different skills at different times. As far as I’ve been able to tell, nowhere in Scripture did the Lord ordain that all children should learn cursive handwriting in third grade or state history in fourth.

Whenever someone questions you about what your child is learning as compared to their child in public school or the cousins or whomever, just smile sweetly and tell them that you all are focused on another topic/skill at this time, but that you’ll definitely be covering that.

Homeschooling gives us the freedom to individualize our children’s educations so don’t be intimidated into following the public school’s agenda. (It’s not that great of a model.) YOU are your child’s first and best teacher. God gave those children to YOU to train up in the way that they should go – even according to their bent.

Comparisons are normal I suppose even if they aren’t always beneficial. But if nothing else, I hope they make us thankful for the freedom to do what’s best for our children rather than just lumping them in with a group. Check out Steve Walden’s article called Escaping The Homeschool Matrix. It gets right to the heart of the matter!

The Groundhog May Have Been Right

It’s starting to snow again.

This time we’re ready for it though. We’ve got our sleds and our winter gloves and are ready for a good time.

You might be surprised by how hard it is to find a sled in our area. We get very little snow in the winters so I guess the retailers quit stocking them. Nonetheless, my husband was committed to the task and came home with the prized orange disc sled before our big snow on January 30th.

We got about 5 – 7 inches, which is A LOT of snow for us. (I can just imagine my friends in other areas of the country laughing now.) And it stayed really cold so the snow actually stuck around for a few days.

But we don’t take snow for granted and Jon had to get right out in it to make a snow angel as soon as it covered the ground.

I didn’t care that it was night time or that he was going to get his clothes all snowy. This was just another one of those times when I realized that he’s growing up and I just wanted to cherish the fact that he still wanted to make a snow angel – right outside the window – just for me.

These two don’t make me snow angels any more. But they are a lot of fun to go sledding with. Joe’s little Samurai is a lot of fun in the snow.

And Jake came sledding down this hill like it was an Olympic event or something.

Billy and Baab just watch and shake their heads sometimes. Here they were peeking out around the side of the barn to see what all of the sledding was about.

I had to laugh at the snow on Baab’s face. Looks like he decided to dive right in the snow and give it a try.

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!