Homeschooling requires a minimal amount of preparation: it can be started with a few books to read, some paper and pencils, and a few broken crayons as basic art supplies. Institutional schools receiving government funding would lead us to believe that much, much more is needed for adequately educating students. I quickly discovered that certain institutional necessities were, in fact, completely unnecessary in our homeschool setting. And so, here, without further ado, are the Top Ten Things I Did NOT Need for Homeschooling.
10. Attendance Charts, Seating Charts, Hall Passes, or Restroom Passes — We relaxed and made ourselves at home… because we were at home.
9. Lunch Punch Cards — Our lunches were all paid for before we took the groceries home from the store.
8. Hall Monitors — I could hear trouble from anywhere in the house.
7. Playground Monitors — Unless you want to count the dog.
6. Harassment Policy or That Desk Facing the Wall in the Back of the Room for the Disruptive Kid — “Don’t hit your sister,” “Don’t hit your brother,” and “Go to your room” covered it all for us.
5. Parent/Teacher Conferences — Unless you want to count talking to myself.
4. AIDS Awareness; Diversity Day; or G*y, L*sbian, Transg*nder, & Bis*xual Day — We were too busy with learning the more important aspects of education… such as how to read, write, and calculate.
3. Police Officers, Metal Detectors, or Pepper Spray — I even encouraged my students to use and carry pocket knives.
2. Zero Tolerance Policies — I possess critical thinking skills and know how to use them to analyze problems on a case by case basis.
And finally, the Number One Thing that I did not need for homeschooling my own children…
1. RITALIN! or any other mind-numbing drugs to control active children — Physical exercise was much more effective for getting the wiggles out and preparing my students to learn.
*[Unfortunately, the spelling of certain words must be altered to reduce unwanted search engine hits. I apologize for any confusion.]