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    Happy Tortilla Chip Day, National Trading Card Day, and/or World Bartender Day! It looks like there's a little bit for everyone in terms of weird holidays today! Given that dh and I are having our Mardi Gras party tomorrow and I'm the designated Hurricane and Bloody Mary maker in addition to dispenser of Abita beer, I'm going for World Bartender Day.

    To spark conversation, I did a search on "Annoying Homeschool Questions," and a blog post from 2013 written by my dd, of all people, was near the top. She wrote it from the perspective of a homeschooled high schooler, not a parent. I had completely forgotten that she'd written it. Her typical response was "Uh..." but she followed up with her "intelligent response I think of hours later" answer. But her first silly, annoying question is great:

    How do you meet people?

    Given that you would have to MEET someone to have them ASK you this question in the first place, this was the one that annoyed her the most.

    What is the most annoying question about homeschooling that you and/or your kids get asked?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Today in west Michigan, it's pretty warm again (although I hear the snow is returning soon), and this morning we enjoyed a thunder and lightening storm! Beautiful.

    I guess it'll be a good day, because I love tortilla chips AND bartenders.

    Today actually is pretty exciting for my family, as it's my 11 year old's last day of public school. We were gonna wait and pull her out starting next year, and then we all talked about why we'd choose to waste her days away for another three months.

    While she's in school this morning, I'll be caring for my baby and doing sociology homework -- interestingly, the current chapter is on the multiple problems of the U.S. school system.

    This afternoon we are visiting a local "free school" for middle school and high school students! You can drop in when you want. They have really great looking classes, so we are excited. The main "teacher" there did her internship at Northstar! Cool.

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    I hope your party is SUPER fun Carol!! I am going to see if I can find your DD's blog...

    The snow hit bad so we leave soon to take DS to the airport... funny that my FB feed had my "On This Day" of all of us in New Port playing in the sand... I think it was on this trip we seriously had time to talk about and decide to try homeschooling for 3rd grade.

    Today we only have math but I am going to have my dudes write a "thank you for your service" to my friend 90+ year old Dad who has been given an Honor Flight in Washington DC this May... they do a final Mail Call so we are writing him letters... Twin B has been reading about WWII in his Chester Comixs so he is SUPER into it.

    Hope you ALL have a great weekend!!!
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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    How do you know what to teach? as for the most annoying question.

    It is our stay-at-home day with NO activities or places to go, so I am very excited to actually do some 'schooling' in a relaxed what-would-you-like-to-do way since we have the next 12 hours to do it.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post
    I am going to see if I can find your DD's blog.
    Sent you a pm with a link to that particular post.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I *just* started homeschooling (however, I was a teacher at a brick and mortar school earlier this month). So, with that said, I haven't been asked too many annoying questions yet.

    The one that gets under my skin though is: Do you think you can handle it?

    I have several chronic illnesses and my health isn't awesome. However, I don't like this question because it feels to me like people assume that if I couldn't handle it...I'd just neglect my son. No! I'm a responsible human being and parent; if I can't do it, we would put him into a school somewhere.

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    Mine isn't a question, but a comment I heard a few times when we pulled them out of their first year of public school and transferred to Montessori. Then heard again when we left Montessori to homeschool after third grade.

    "Too bad your kids couldn't cut it in school." That was an exact quote from one person. I heard it several more times said various ways. I'm not sure why they assumed that was the reason we were making changes. I think people around here cannot imagine why you wouldn't send your children to our public schools unless the 'issue' was with your child. (My daughter was quirky and my son very emotional - but that wasn't the main reason we switched and it doesn't mean they are not academically capable.)


    My children are tired of people asking "Do you like your teacher?". It's said in good humor. People think they are being funny or cute; but my children get irritated because they hear it often.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
    I think people around here cannot imagine why you wouldn't send your children to our public schools unless the 'issue' was with your child. .
    Dbsam and I live in the same district. The school system IS pretty full of itself. But if the administration took the time to talk to the kids that I see for math tutoring, they would realize there is a huge segment that is not having it's needs met by their oh-so-great school system. And that's just high schoolers and just math! I'm sure there are kids having educational difficulties within their school that are younger and in different subjects.
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    "I dont know all that [mostly science or math] stuff."
    Look, people, its not like you have to pull all the information out of your ass! If you cant follow along with a curriculum to learn or refresh the information yourself... wait, have you even thought about what youre saying?

    My mother in law is aggregiously guilty of this one, and it drives me nuts when she says it in front of DS. 1) Way to tell him this work is going to be really hard, 2) Way to present a good attitude about learning!

    I still havent figured out a non-sarcastic answer to it.

    We had planned on going to LEGOLAND today, but last night I started coming down with something, and Im not really feeling any better. I could probably manage to go see LEGO Batman movie, but why spread my germs around?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Along the same line, I was asked why would you homeschool? LT is such a smart kid! (Thanks mom, I had nothing to do with that��) We haven't started homeschool officially yet but will start in late spring when my sons preschool ends.

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