You might be a home schooler if …

I came across this as I was searching for something else today … thought I would share for those of you that happen upon my blog and homeschool as well (the bold ones we can relate to the most around here):

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You might be a home schooler if …

  • Someone asks what grade you’re in and you’re not sure.
  • You sometimes go to school in your pajamas.
  • You sleep until 9:00 am on school days, but get up early on Sundays.
  • You own the entire series of Saxon Math books.
  • Your birthday is an official school holiday.
  • You don’t get to stay home from school when you’re sick.
  • Your favorite activity is reading.
  • You know what a unit study is.
  • Watching a movie means you’ll have to write a report comparing the film to the book.
  • You dress up as historical or literary characters for Halloween.
  • You exchange e-mail Valentines with your homeschool pen pals.
  • Your room looks like a science lab.
  • You can get science credit for going to the dentist.
  • You go to the park for P.E.
  • You check out at least ten books every time you visit the library.
  • You have ever attempted to teach yourself physics.
  • You get books and science kits for your birthday.
  • You know what Latin roots are.
  • Your board games all have names like Bookworm, Scrabble, S’math, Game of Knowledge, and Name The State.
  • Your home library is arranged in Dewey Decimal order.
  • Your favorite place to study is outside, under a tree.
  • You can quote lines from Shakespeare, but not from South Park.
  • You never get nervous on the first day of school.
  • The only bully you ever run into is your big sister.
  • You don’t have to remember a locker combination, just your computer password.
  • It takes you less than a minute to walk to school.
  • You don’t have to worry about forgetting anything – you can just run back to your room and get it.
  • Your school bus is a nine-passenger van.
  • There are only nine students in your class – but all of them are your brothers and sisters.
  • You have a 12-year-old, a 4-year-old, and a 2-year old in the same class.
  • You can get extra credit for cleaning your room.
  • You live in a one-house schoolroom.
  • Your walls are covered with maps and timelines.
  • You know what math manipulatives are.
  • You have mold growing in your fridge … on purpose.
  • Your preschooler can name all the planets, but doesn’t know who the Rugrats are.
  • You’ve mastered the fine art of vacuuming a floor without sucking up a Lego or K’nex piece.
  • You’re either an expert at doing the Lego dance – Ouch! Yeow! – or else you’ve resorted to wearing shoes around the house.
  • You know the recipes for homemade versions of Play-doh, finger paint, and paste.
  • Your students have to clear the breakfast bowls off the table before sitting down to do their school work.
  • Your house is messy, but your kids are happy.
  • You know that reverse psychology really works.
  • Your kids publish their own family newsletter.
  • You shop for birthday presents at educational stores.
  • All you want for Christmas is a Barnes & Noble gift certificate.
  • You’d rather buy books than clothes.
  • Your friends don’t want to help you move because you have so many books.
  • You turn a trip to the grocery store into a learning experience.
  • You get nervous about what people will say when you take your kids to Wal-Mart in the middle of the day (not anymore)!
  • You have a standard one-minute speech to give to store clerks, mother-in-laws, and school officials about why you homeschool.
  • You are sick and tired of answering the question, “But what about socialization?”
  • For your wedding anniversary, you decide to splurge and get a photocopier.
  • Talking out loud to yourself is the same as having a parent/teacher conference.
  • When you see a parking lot full of mini vans, you wonder if there’s a homeschooling conference.
  • You take your family vacation in September, when the beaches and theme parks are empty.
  • You take a suitcase full of books along on your family vacation.
  • You can never find your kitchen utensils because they’re out in the sandbox.
  • Your kitchen doubles as a science lab.
  • You are on a first name basis with your local librarian and bookstore owner.
  • The UPS driver delivers a box of Scholastic books to your doorstep once a month.
  • You’re willing to drop what you’re doing at a moment’s notice to go look something up in a dictionary or encyclopedia.
  • You have ever vented for more than five minutes on the evils of standardized testing.
  • You don’t get fired for teaching your students about God.
  • Some days you learn as much as your students.
  • The more your kids learn, the less you seem to know.

How many could you relate to?


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