10 December 2006

You know you're a homeschooler when...

I found this at Mary Ann Bernard's blog who found it at Eclectic Homeschooler who got it from someone else. Now you've seen it too.
I have Australianised some of the points and added a couple at the bottom. The bold ones certainly apply to us.
1. You went to school in your Pajamas.
2. Your biology lab consisted of assisting in your sibling’s birth.
3. Your stacks of books to check out was taller than the librarian.
4. Your PE came from chasing little toddlers around.
5. Your school bus was a 9 passenger van (12 actually).
6. You considered school work after lunch to be cruel and unusual punishment.
7. Your father told the check-out lady at Wal-Mart/any shop, “We’re on a field trip.”
8. Your social life was viewed by some to be one rung lower than that of a Benedictine monk.
9. Your teacher wrote your report card on a napkin. (We don't do report cards)
10. You had to move dirty laundry/breakfast dishes off the table before you could start school.
11. The signatures on your diploma all end with the same last name.
12. Everyone else in the world was referred to as “Schoolies.”
13. Your Mother’s wardrobe consisted primarily of denim pinafores/skirts (US:jumpers).
14. The word ‘homework’ sounded like a foreign language.
15. Your yearbook was also your babybook.
16. A snow day meant that you had to shovel the driveway after you finished your school work. Snow! That WOULD be a holiday!
17. You enjoyed the pastime of watching public school kids walk home from school.
18. You had to look at the clock to see if you could call your public school friends yet.
19. You thought that “public-school-kid” was an insult of the highest degree.
20. Health class consisted of eating breakfast.
21. You had to decide what year you wanted to graduate.
22. You were always late but just called it “homeschooler time.” (Late? It depends on how you define, "Late".)
23. You can remember nearly every single day you went to public school.
24. The teacher could kiss the principal, and no one thought it was unusual.
25. You got to school and the teacher asked you if you’ve done all your chores/jobs.
26. Your friends talked about waiting in line for seven hours to try out the new roller coaster in town, so you went and waited five minutes on a school day. (We go to the pool on school days - no queues.)
27. Your school lunches didn't come out of a lunch box or bag. They came from the fridge, microwave or cupboard.
28. You’ve listened to Beethoven, ABBA, Cliff Richard, Il Divo and Rolf Harris on the same day. (And Weird Al Yankovic too) Not counting music lessons.
29. Gym class was actually a fun activity like swimming.
30. You’re on a first-name basis with the clerks at the local library. (Actually they recognise you on the street away from the library.)
31. The closest thing to a bully in your school was your slightly strange two-year-old sister. Rose CAN be so pushy.
32. Your friends complained about a hard day at school, and you had to keep yourself from giving them “that homeschooling smile.”
33. You heard the phrase “socialization” and laughed because you had more friends and knew more people than your public school friends.
34. You were firmly convinced that high school causes brain damage
35. You slept in till 9 am on weekdays but got up at 7 am on Sundays
36. You have more siblings than sweaters and jumpers
37. You knew what a ‘Park Day’ is
38. Your favorite author was Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, or P.G. Wodehouse
39. You have suffered through Saxon Math
40. All birthdays were school holidays
41. You have finished your schoolwork before breakfast (Only if breakfast is delayed!)
42. You taunted high schooled friends during finals week
43. You spent more than 2 hours each day reading and writing….voluntarily
44. You are 16 years of age or older and still have never been on a date
45. You knew what “Unit Studies” were
46. You had more than 2 science experiments going on in your room
47. You knew more than 1 Latin paradigm
48. You have spent the entire school day in pajamas
49. You regularly utilized words such as “malingering”, “tedious”, and “indubitably”
50. You considered trampoline jumping phys ed
51. Your home library is divided into several sections and bookshelves, probably a separate room.
52. You checked out more than 10 books each time you visited the library
53. You have attempted to teach yourself physics
54. When asked about what year you are in, you quickly make up a number to match your age.
55. You had no idea as to what rock bands were popular then…but you could recite all of the stages of cellular mitosis (in order).
56. You actually wanted to receive books on your birthday
57. Cleaning your room counted as Phys-Ed.
58. Your field trip took you overseas - for over 2 years!
59. Shop class included watching your grandfather rebuild his motor home and make swords.
60. Your track meet was riding into town to race bikes with a friend.
61. Your mum wished you’d stop reading and do something else for a change.
62. Your bedroom was your classroom and your bed or floor was the desk.
63. You stayed up till whenever, and not because you were doing homework.
64. You could get days ahead in almost any subject.
65. You recorded, planned and graded your own school work.
66. You forgot about the minor holidays until you saw your dad sitting home on a week day or your public school friends asked you over the weekend what you did on your day off.
67. You didn’t know what spring break was.
68. Your mom counted watching a war movie as history and playing out in the sandpit as PE.
69. You had more friends way older and way younger than you than ones your actual age.
70. You read for fun.
71. Dad takes you to work and doesn't need permission slips.
72. Your best friends tend to have the same last name.
73. Sleeeping in a room on your own is a punishment.
74. You plan vacations around school break - not during the break but after or before.
75. Your parent teacher meeting is held in bed just before you drop off to sleep.
76. Nature study is taking a walk with your Grandfather in the garden. (as in the photo above)

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