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Subject: Met a homeschooler at the duck pond today
Date Posted: 10/12/2007 8:45 PM ET
Member Since: 6/10/2007
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I wanted to share this with you all. I took the kids to the duck pond today with a loaf of bread, and we met a mother and son there. They had nothing to feed the ducks & geese, so I offered to share our loaf of bread with them. Almost immediately, I knew the kid was homeschooled. His vocabulary and mannerisms SCREAMED homeschool! She asked the question I wanted to ("Do you homeschool?") and we started talking. Turns out she's new in town. I gave her my number & I can't wait to hear back from her.

Have you ever met someone and just knew they were homeschoolers? I mean, I felt it instantly. It was weird.

Date Posted: 10/13/2007 11:58 AM ET
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I figure everyone with kids I see in the store in the middle of the day that has kids is a homeschooler:)

Seriously, I wish I could meet another homeschool mom that either worked or understands that I have to work. Every homeschool mom I have met is a stay home mom which I totally respect, sometimes I wish I could be too. Everyone I meet either doesn't understand that I have to work, or feels sorry for me. One homeschool family we know, we get together sometimes, but she doesn't seem to understand that I can't run all over all the time like she does. My two days off I really have to make productive ones.

Sorry, went off on a tangent there.......

Date Posted: 10/15/2007 1:47 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2007
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Last week I took my kids downtown on the riverfront to a replica of the Santa Maria ship. (We live in Columbus OH.) It was a pretty cold, windy day, so although usually the tours are overrun by public school field trip kids, this day last week it was just us and another mom and about a 12 year old girl. We never discussed it, but it was OBVIOUS that she was a homeschooler too. Throughout the whole tour of the ship, both of us kept asking questions of our kids, then as we were leaving, she told her daughter to think of three things she remembered most about the ship, because she needed to write them down in her journal.

Yep, homeschoolers. We can't seem to do anything without making it an opportunity for educational enrichment.

I admit, it's hard to even go to the park sometimes and just let the kids go PLAY without turning into a lesson of some sort.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 7:43 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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hi RoseyPosey, funny you should mention this.  My longtime homeschool friends and I recently talked about how we can identify homeschool families in public.  (Only half jokingly)  If you see any of the following, you can assume these are homeschoolers:

Kids of different ages playing together.

Kids wearing superhero capes, hats made of duct tape and carrying props when it's not Halloween.

Pre-teen girls wearing mismatched socks and colorful, child-like clothing.

Teenage boys carrying younger boys on their shoulders.



Date Posted: 10/18/2007 2:19 PM ET
Member Since: 1/21/2007
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I totally agree, Lynne!  My kids and their friends hang around the bottom of our driveway lightsaber dueling, wearing dress-up skirts as capes.  That would be my 15 and 13 year old girls, and my 10 year old boy.  (And it's the girls' friends they're playing with.  They love playing with my son, and vice versa!)