Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Homeschool Lady Griping About the School Carnival

The public school across the street had their carnival earlier this month, and of course we went. I always feel weird going there, though, since we homeschool. But 500 kids go there, and all the parents can’t possibly know each other AND all the kids who attend. So here are my reflections on the event:

1. Why the hell was Time Warner Cable there assaulting me? I told them over and over that we have no cable and no Internet and have no intention of getting them and they looked at me like I’d just flipped them off. So to get them off my back I told them it was my husband’s fault and that I’d call them and order cable and internet if he dies. Then I told my husband to watch his back.

2. Why don’t schools, who are supposedly suffering financially, recycle soda cans? This will be explored further in another post, when I have time to make some phone calls. And don’t get me started on all the stuff they throw away or recycle … expensive workbooks and textbooks that I find in the bins. Yes, I AM a dumpster-diver.

3. There’s no “e” after the “t” in “inflatables”. Somebody tell this to the person who made the signs because it annoys those of us who can spell. It's a school. Represent.

4. Some neighbors approached us about giving us their wooden bunk beds that are just sitting in their garage. YIPPEE! Someday the girls will have a FREE place to sleep (when we boot them out of OUR bed, that is).

So those are my deep thoughts. Rare these days, I know.


  1. FREE bunk beds sounds awesome!

    Time-Warner Cable? At a school function? That strikes me as very odd.

    Another thing: The throwing out of textbooks and stuff makes sense when you consider that, say, EVERY third grader in the district must use version four of this math program or whatever. All the leftover threes make it into the bin. Which is a shame because they could give those to parents to help their kids at home, or to homeschoolers, or to poorer school districts. But it does make sense that they get rid of that stuff so their kids (ha, allegedly) get a uniform education.

    I myself have all the Everyday Math books up through fifth grade because I asked. We use the worksheets sometimes, but don't teach adding backwards or that sort of nonsense like they do. I will have to find you a video on the crazy way they teach it. The MATH though, is ok enough if you don't let your children become dependent on the calculator.

  2. Your letter to the teacher was the dinner topic with my teacher hubby...asking him so how do you grade a project like this. He said he uses of checklist that tells the student what they must do and then they check off that they did it and take the assigned number of points. There is even a place where they may write about why they feel they did more than asked for and retrieve extra points. He looks the project and grading sheet over in a private meeting where they discuss the work and they arrive at a grade together. Says that many times the child will self evaluate their grade lower than he will and it is a great opening to talk. I just had to make sure he was doing a good job as I worked darn hard to put him though school.

    I too hate misspellings and try so hard not to make any. I find them mostly at church on the overhead songs. I spell check all my posts and read them several times.

    Great post and woo hoo about the beds!

    The Raggedy Girl


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