The unwritten rules about homeschooling.. more than you ever wanted to know!
Since my last post hinted at one of the fundamental unwritten rules about homeschooling and its unique culture, I thought I would give the rest of them, since they are never discussed openly amongst veterans.
1) During the fall semester, the house is not thoroughly cleaned until Thanksgiving week.
We are convinced that having “basic sanitation” is necessary for the first couple of weeks until midterms, then a slow vortex of grunge, paper, dirty laundry and the like starts to accumulate for the rest of the semester. That is why the week “of” Thanksgiving is taken off–so mommies can unearth their precious homes and serve a decent Thanksgiving meal.
2) The entire month of December is lax.
We are subconsciously rewarding ourselves for making it this far, and to be honest, somewhat burned out. No one dares ask, “So, what are you doing this month for school?” in December. Everyone knows that homeschoolers have no money and are making handmade gifts as “school”.
3) We purposely do not ask each other the lame questions that strangers feel uninhibited to ask about our children’s academic progress, such as:
“Read this outloud for me..” or
“Why doesn’t your child spell things correctly?” or
“Add this in your head for me..”
4) It is generally understood that everyone has a mother-in-law or mother who does not like homeschooling.
5) We don’t call each other before 9:00 a.m. nor do we ask, “Were you still sleeping?”
6) It’s perfectly acceptable and good to expect your children to make you coffee and breakfast in the morning, and get their math going without your help.
7) It’s also not perfectly acceptable and good to boast about such children
8) except to your in-laws, who need to always hear something good about those kids
9) When January and February rolls around, homeschoolers talk about upcoming conventions. It’s a good idea to go to them, if you are feeling burned out.
10) In the spring is NOT the time whether or not to homeschool your children next year. You need time to recover.
11) June is sacred. No schooling. No discussions about schooling. nothing. zip it.
12) After the fourth of July, you can start thinking about ordering books for next year.
13) You can start school in the summer if you want, but it is perfectly O.K. to wait until after Labor Day.
14) Most of us “dyed in the wool” homeschoolers will never stop teaching our kids regardless of where they go to school, how old they are or how many kids they have of their own. Once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler. It’s a lifestyle that lasts a lifetime.
And that is the unique subculture of all that I know about homeschooling. Do you guys have anything to add?