If you’re a homeschool mom, chances are you catch yourself doing and saying things that may seem odd to other non-homeschoolers. After all, gluing M&M’s to a paper plate and calling it an atom may be exciting to you, but your friends may not share your enthusiasm. And the cashier at your local grocery store may roll her eyes in impatience at you while you have your child count exact change with which to pay her. Truth be told, life in “homeschool land” is quite different than the “norm”, but thats ok! In fact, it’s awesome!
Here are some of the ways with which we break the mold of normalcy by homeschooling :
1. You can turn anything into a “lesson”.
Your child gets a belly ache from eating too many holiday sweets. You remind him/her that eating too many sweets is not good for our bodies. That good nutrition is key. Too much sugar lowers our immunity, and makes it difficult for our bodies to fight off disease. Then you bust out the educational videos to watch while he/she rests on the couch.
2. When boxes of new curriculum arrive, it’s like Christmas morning all over again.
Oh, those wonderful boxes! Full of so many possibilities! So many new things to learn! You may even squeal with glee when they arrive at your doorstep.
3. Your planner and/or calendar is your life.
You love to write in your new planner as you dream of the upcoming days. Even more satisfying is checking off each item as your students successfully complete each task. You may even have multi-colored pens, or highlighters to add to the organized awesomeness that is your planner. Perhaps you have a calendar with scheduled appointments and activities painstakingly written on each day.
4. New school supplies bring you joy!
Let’s be totally honest. There is nothing quite like breaking open a fresh box of crayons, pencils, pens, and highlighters. Right?!
5. Chores are life skills.
They call it laundry, you call it life skills.
6. A trip to the grocery store counts as a field trip.
Whether you’re studying good nutrition, farms, money management, or social skills, you can turn a simple trip to the grocery store into a full blown field trip!
7. You homeschool on the go.
Whether it be scribbling on worksheets while in the car, listening to audio books while running errands, or bringing your whole arsenal of supplies with you on vacation, you’ve become a pro at teaching on the go! You can turn the license plate game into a lesson on geography, and count the miles till your destination as your daily math fix. Who needs a desk and text book? Not you! The whole world is your school!
8. You’re not afraid to jump, shout, sing, dance, or make a complete fool of yourself if it gets your point across.
Shoot! You’ll stand on your head, clapping like a seal if it teaches a difficult concept! Am I right?!
9. You catch yourself saying weird things like, “OK! Who wants to play in the blood next!” (fake blood, of course!)
While studying the human body, your family makes fake blood using cornstarch and food coloring, and each child takes turns touching it. Then you catch yourself saying that!! You quickly look around to see if your windows are open, and wonder if it is possible that your neighbors could have heard what you just said.
10. When your child reads the scrolling text at the beginning of Star Wars, (in a dramatic voice, of course), it counts as read aloud practice.
Reading the side of the cereal box counts as reading practice, but who wants to do that when there’s Star Wars! The cool voice just makes it that much better!
Keep up the good work, friend! Dance to your own tune! Homeschooling may not be the “norm”, but it sure is interesting!