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    Question Best answers to the dreaded question...

    "Why aren't you in school today?"

    Anyone have some real zingers they'd like to share?
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    Why aren't you in school today...

    We are playing hookie.
    We are on strike because of NCLB.
    We have the flu, chicken pox, rota virus!
    School, what is that ?
    Didn't you know it was canceled today?

    My older kids all time favorite...

    We are doing a survey to see how many people would ask, Why we aren't in school today, thank you for your time.
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    We are in school.
    Melissa
    Unschooling with M1 (10), M2 (5) and M3 (3)

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    Heh at StartingOver. and Melissa541, my son actually said that to someone once. My personal favorites are:

    "Early Release Day" and "Teacher Inservice". I've been tempted to quote some Hindu or Japanese holidays, though. "It's Dwali!"

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    We're on a field trip.

    We are homeschoolers, we learn where normal schools are afraid to.
    Slightly crazy mama to 4 very crazy kids and devoted wife to a man who puts up with us all.
    DS1~15, PS,
    DD~9, DS2~8, DS3~5
    My blog: Mountain House Homeschool

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    Quote Originally Posted by StartingOver View Post
    Why aren't you in school today...


    We are doing a survey to see how many people would ask, Why we aren't in school today, thank you for your time.
    I love that one. I may have to borrow it.
    Just call me Shoe...
    Previously homeschooled our son and daughter (both now in university)

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    Obsessively honest here, I just say "Oh, we homeschool".
    Cara, homeschooling one
    Raven, ds 10, all around intense kid
    Orion, floundering recent graduate
    22 yo dd, not at home
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbmamaz View Post
    Obsessively honest here, I just say "Oh, we homeschool".
    Me too
    Which is usually followed by the person staring at me.
    LOL!

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    I've been tempted to give answers like those (especially like the survey), but I haven't yet... though I may b/c my kids are starting to really get annoyed by this question... I think it's because when you answer that you homeschool, you end up having a long and sometimes uncomfortable discussion with the person. I've tried telling the kids that since most children are in school, they are going to get this question over and over and over ... so to please be tolerant/patient/etc. It's hard, though, when people start in on why you shouldn't be homeschooling or some homeschooling horror story or are just downright rude. I try to use these as teaching moments, but sometimes I am just not in the mood (like the time I had a sick child and was out buying medicine and got a lecture from the checkout clerk). I don't get why people think they are entitled to go off about education choices. Not their business! Which I did actually tell that checkout clerk...

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenBee View Post
    I've been tempted to give answers like those (especially like the survey), but I haven't yet... though I may b/c my kids are starting to really get annoyed by this question... I think it's because when you answer that you homeschool, you end up having a long and sometimes uncomfortable discussion with the person. I've tried telling the kids that since most children are in school, they are going to get this question over and over and over ... so to please be tolerant/patient/etc. It's hard, though, when people start in on why you shouldn't be homeschooling or some homeschooling horror story or are just downright rude. I try to use these as teaching moments, but sometimes I am just not in the mood (like the time I had a sick child and was out buying medicine and got a lecture from the checkout clerk). I don't get why people think they are entitled to go off about education choices. Not their business! Which I did actually tell that checkout clerk...
    I haven't always been so nice, but I really try to be. I know most of it is just ignorance. My brother's, cousin's, son's, second wife's, sister's was ruined by homeschooling. Most of those who have a negative opinion don't really know a homeschooling family.
    Jana - Better Early than Late. Secular Homeschoolers! Combined family with 7 adult children and...

    StartingOver again with our younger ones:


    Quince - aka Word Smith ( 10 ) -
    Emma - aka Perfectionist ( 8 ) A History of Us, Book Shark History and Literature, Human Odssey, Saxon 6/5 ( Quince ) Saxon 7/6 ( Emma ), Madrigal's Spanish, , Latin Prep 1, First Form Latin ( Secular enough for me ), Elemental Science Biology for the Logic Stage, Analytical Grammar, IEW SWI A, and tons of literature.






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