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    Quote Originally Posted by RelevantDad View Post

    I guess my main concern is about them feeling "weird" because they don't really know about the things that the "normal" kids do. Having a locker and talking in the halls, waiting for the bell to ring, clubs/sports/dances, etc.
    My oldest kids' high school doesn't have lockers. It was built fairly recently, the old high school was destroyed in a tornado 8 or 9 years ago so the school is still really new. The school district decided that lockers were more of a liability than they wanted to deal with (they are places to hide drugs, weapons, tobacco, alcohol and other items that are prohibited at school) and chose not to include them in the new high school. The kids do not bring books home except occasionally and they are checked out from the teacher to bring home if they need to. Many of the teachers use books that are available online. If a child doesn't have access to a computer or internet at home (we are mountain rural, not having access to any type of internet isn't all that uncommon here) the school has programs to get the kids a small netbooks which have offline versions of the e-textbooks. So just because they go to public school doesn't mean they will have the same experiences we had as kids. Things change, times change.

    When I was in high school in the early to mid 90's, it wasn't unusual for people to bring students from other schools (public or private) to dances and proms. There is nothing that says you have to go to public school to go to a prom. They could still be invited to prom despite being homeschooled. Or they might not which wouldn't make them any different that the many many public school students who didn't attend their proms for one reason or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    On a more humorous note, here is one thing dd missed out on. When she attended a Dunes day camp, around age 9 or so, they were served lunch. The poor girl absolutely did not know how to open the single serve milk cartons......

    She's 20 now. She has since figured it out.
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    DS decided he didn't want to go to school after watching the tween shows that take place in school. They are fraught with too much conflict and teenaged angst.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    The poor girl absolutely did not know how to open the single serve milk cartons......

    She's 20 now. She has since figured it out.
    Yep, I laughed pretty hard when my kids didn't know what to do with a milk cartoon. I think we were at a cafe in a museum.
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    We used to have that issue here too, Inmom. I remember watching my poor children struggle with juice boxes after soccer. All the other kids shoved the straws in. My kids just looked confused and asked for help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    We used to have that issue here too, Inmom. I remember watching my poor children struggle with juice boxes after soccer. All the other kids shoved the straws in. My kids just looked confused and asked for help.
    And those Capri Sun soft packs are so difficult.
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    We've always homeschooled.

    When the kids were little they longed for school. After some careful questioning they revealed that it was truly only riding the bus that they wanted to do. So we found a way to make that happen.

    My younger child needs more social interaction so this year she became part of the junior high golf team. Luckily our state allows for that. It's a new program.

    My older child simply loved being at home...sleeping in... pajamas... talking and wiggling during lessons.. BUT.. she now longs for some friends.

    Whenever they attend classes or whatever with kids who are schooled, they find them a bit irritating. LOL I laugh because it's not something that they can pinpoint. Its different being homeschooled.

    The younger one said the junior high felt like jail. Obviously I've influenced them a bit with my rhetoric.. but having the freedom to design one's own day is such a boon, for the child as well as the parent.
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    Some people use the term "jailschool" an an antonym for "homeschool"; that's not my personal style, but it's common enough to be worth mentioning and defining on this thread.
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