Do you have a favorite or funniest “we homeschool!” anecdote? Where your child does something differently than other kids and you feel the need to explain the reason why is that you homeschool?
We went on a field trip with our co-op awhile back to a nature center. Someone gave us a talk about bones, skulls, and native animals. It was really interesting and we learned some great info. The instructor would hold up each skull and ask to which animal it belonged. She was expecting the kids to raise their hands to answer but Avery just kept blurting it out. Each time, the lady would look at her and remind her to raise her hand and then call on someone else to answer. Avery literally had no idea what the lady meant, she just really did not know the concept of raising your hand to be called on. Eventually, after like 3 rounds of this, I just blurted out “We homeschool!!” And further explained that when I ask a question, she’s expected to answer it, not raise her hand. We were there with our homeschool co-op so everyone laughed and agreed that it was a foreign concept to a lot of our littles.
I did, of course, explain the situation to Avery. I explained to her that when there are so many people in a group, it can get a little crazy if everyone is blurting things out and so people are often expected to raise their hand and wait to be addressed before answering/speaking. But really, I was just so darn happy that she was participating since she can often be shy in new situations!
Imagine you are at a dinner party and a song comes on. Someone asks “Who sings this?” If you know the answer, do you just blurt it out or do you raise your hand to answer the question? We just blurt it out. Maybe a couple people blurt it out, everyone laughs and agrees or discusses if they think it was a different band. But in general, we don’t raise our hands and wait for the opportunity to answer a question. I mean, that’s kind of weird if you think about it.
So yeah, I will concede that there ARE some things my kids are missing out on by being homeschooled….mainly how to raise their hands and how to stand in line!
But I think they’ll make it in life anyway.