Top 10 Signs You’re a Homeschool Overachiever.

November 25, 2008

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(Here’s a fun list I came up with for a bit of a laugh)

Top 10 Signs You’re a Homeschool Overachiever 

  1. It takes you three trips to the car to bring in all the supplies for the lessons you teach at the local homeschool co-op. 
  2. Your kids are careful about asking you simple questions, because they don’t want to check out a book at the library on the topic, write a book report, do a lap book, build a diorama, and finally, give a presentation to the rest of the kids about the answer.
  3. You make it a point to attend local venues during the day on school days so you can gloat over how empty it is, a valued perk of homeschooling . . . and you’re furious when the the seven busloads of school ‘fieldtrippers’ show up and spoil your fun.
  4. You realize you’ve gone too far with the multi-tasking when you find yourself listening to one child reciting a poem, another reading to you, and you’re trying to slice homemade bread for lunch and nurse the baby, all at the same time.  It’s a no go.
  5. When you first started homeschooling with your perfect plan, you secretly sneered a bit at the ‘unorganized’ idea of Unschooling.  But lately, it’s been looking very attractive.
  6. When you’re asked about homeschooling, you hand out a tri-fold color brochure (designed and printed as a homeschool project) detailing all the positive statistics and studies supporting homeschooling.
  7. Because of # 6 above, friends have either started homeschooling with you, or make sure not to bring up the subject anymore.
  8. You have a whole shelf of untouched curriculum in the basement.  And this isn’t just ordinary homeschool curriculum.  You spent hours combing the internet, reading reviews, asking other parents, and then shopping everywhere for the best price including shipping before buying.  But, it’s untouched because you somehow can’t find time to fit it into your schedule or your kids just don’t seem to like it.
  9. You recommend the above curriculum to other homeschoolers, since someone should benefit from all the work you did discovering it.
  10. You have a spreadsheet on each of your children showing ages and major milestones in reading and math.  You print them with corresponding graphs to use as visual aids in discussions with other homeschool parents about their children.

Did you think of anything to add to the list?  Add it to the comment section.  Maybe we can put together a Part II 🙂 

P.S.  I have to admit, we’ve been mostly not getting any schoolwork done ‘Unschooling’ after a 2-week vacation, followed by a couple weeks of being sick, and now heading into the holiday season.  Ok, maybe that isn’t fair to true unschoolers.  Wait, I know!  We’re learning socialization!!  How to help the sick, keep our tempers, function on little sleep, resolve arguments between sick kids, etc., etc.

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  1. Heather D March 16, 2009 9:23 pm

    “You make it a point to attend local venues during the day on school days so you can gloat over how empty it is, a valued perk of homeschooling . . . and you’re furious when the the seven busloads of school ‘fieldtrippers’ show up and spoil your fun.”

    Oh that happened to us at Marineland! We thought it was such a great idea to go before the main after-school-ends summer season starts, and the parking lot was full of school busses!

  2. Sharon J November 26, 2008 1:34 pm

    Guilty as charged. 😀

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