What Made You Start Homeschooling?

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A great one by Penelope Trunk:

Paulius told me about one Sunday he was playing in the snow with his son. They brought tools to the playground and started chopping ice into blocks. It was getting dark but his son wanted to stay late, in the dark, and finish.

Paulius suggested they do just the chopping and then Monday, at recess, all the school kids could all work together to build something.

His son said they can’t do that because they’re not allowed to touch the snow.

That’s right. We live in Wisconsin and kids are not allowed to touch the snow during school recess.

Paulius said he had no idea playground rules were like that, and the more he asked, the more he learned how little his son was allowed to do at recess. On top of that, his son was becoming more and more checked out during the school day, to the point that teachers were calling conferences.

His final straw was the  realization that his son got no time to play, and his son was not able to focus. The combination was too much.

Read the rest here.

Recommended Resources
Mom, Will You Homeschool Me?
Why I’m Pulling My Kids Out of Public School
A Vision For Homeschooling
Curriculum Advice, Vol. 1
Curriculum Advice Vol. 2
Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption
Pajama School – stories from the life of a homeschool graduate

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