Does something ever happen that makes you think, "Wow, I really am a homeschooler!" It could be your kids' delight over learning, the odd places you have school lessons, or the unique ways you teach your kids. Although there are many different types of homeschoolers, I bet you will see yourself in at least a few of these descriptions crowdsourced from Sonlighters.
You Know You're a Homeschooler When ...
- Someone asks your children what grade they are in, and they try to help each other figure it out.
- You have a strainer labeled for science, not food.
- You have math lessons timed to the length of the dryer cycle.
- All your classmates are siblings.
- When you send your son off to college and he emails you and tells you that organic chemistry isn't that hard and then gets an A.
- You school by the sandpit or snuggling on the bed.
- You have to secure all the flashlights in the house because the children will read all night.
- Your kids are playing Simon Says with directions like pretend you are an oblique line segment!
- The kids' play involves storks on the roof because you just finished reading The Wheel on the School.
- When the conversation you are having about middle school chemistry is so in depth that a college sophomore majoring in engineering asks you if you have a degree!
- The kids think it's normal to pause movies for impromptu history lessons.
- PE is going on a hike in the woods.
- Your teenagers love talking things over with their parents and don't mind being seen in public with them.
- You use a picnic bench, an oatmeal container, and a hula hoop as a model of the ear canal and eardrum.
- Your kids bring pencil and paper on the grocery shopping trip so they can figure math problems as you go down each aisle.
- You try to figure out just how many subjects one trip to the grocery store can cover besides math.
- You get new pajamas for your back-to-school wardrobe.
- Your children get together with their friends to play The Boxcar Children.
- When your kids beg to watch TV and then turn on a documentary.
- Your daughter wants to have a party and invites seven other homeschool girls to join her in working at the church food closet on a weekday morning.
- You're reading to the kids on the bathroom floor while waiting for the toddler to potty.
- Your daughter is filling in a blank on a questionnaire that asks, "Where do you go to school?" and she writes, "Under the dining room table."
- You sing The Continents Song in the shower.
- A snow day means you get to shovel the driveway after you finish your school work.
- Your dining table serves as a school desk, a science lab, and an eating surface.
- You know what the phrase Box Day means.
- Every baking recipe becomes a lesson in fractions and measurements.
- You constantly need more bookshelves.
- Your son calls out from under a huge fort, "I love this math, Mom!"
- Your kids have no idea what grade they're in.
How about you? Do you have a good finish to the sentence "You Know You're a Homeschool When ..."? Leave it in a comment below. Let's keep the humor flowing!
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