This classic post from Vicki gets a few new additions from Sabrina. First, Vicki’s original post:
My brother got me started on this.
He facebooked me, feeling sorry for my kids because they never had the real-school bathroom experience. He said that for him it was something like the opening sequence to an Indiana Jones movie (fraught with surprise and danger *smile nostalgically*).
Then kid #4 added fuel to the fire. He is an education major in college. One of his assigned projects was to make a bulletin board about the layers of the earth.
He was mystified. Bulletin board? What’s that?
It hit me that he had grown up deprived of the wonders of bulletin boards.
Then, I realized there are 7 things our homeschooled kids just can’t do!
Here they are (by my research as a co-op mom, homeschool youth group leader, and group-class teacher at our umbrella school):
1) Lining up (just try it, homeschoolers can’t do it)
2) Making a group circle (Sabrina surrenders, “Everyone, make a group blob.”)
- Homeschool group blob
3) Passing out papers (must be accompanied by “Take one, keep IT, pass the rest…”)
4) Understanding bulletin boards
5) Feeling under-class because they are under-age
6) Experiencing real-school bathrooms
7) Believing they can’t (instead, they think they can do anything God gives them to do)
Look below for Sabrina’s insightful additions:
Homeschoolers CANNOT settle for only commonplace curriculum in high school or they will miss out on SO much!
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Now, here are Sabrina’s ADDITIONS to Vicki’s list of things homeschoolers cannot do:
-Answer a roll call without pizzazz. One of my classes for homeschooled high schoolers this year is big enough that I actually take roll. It has become an instant challenge to come up with the most creative response possible when each student’s name is called. “Chris?” “Ready to rumble!” “Sarah?” “My body is here, but I think I left my brain in the hall.” “Mike?” “Present, perky and pleased about it!”
-Choose a seat on a bus. We take our local homeschool choir to adjudication each year on rented buses. We spend an hour loading because everyone has to think through the potential implications of where they might best find a seat, weighing the pros and cons, asking advice from their friends.
-Wear a name tag in the traditional way. It must be upside down, sideways, on their back, on their thigh, on the top of their shoe…
-Remember to put their name and the date on the top of their papers. But according to Allison’s husband, Wayne, who has taught public school for decades, neither can the kids in traditional school!
What can you add to the list of homeschoolers’ Can’t Do’s?
In case your homeschoolers aren’t CHARACTERS yet, watch Sabrina’s vlog on Character Developing Curriculum: