Dr. Phil can't be a Texan!

Well, after a great thanksgiving with the family, we have Dr. Phil's show to watch tomorrow. I can't believe this guy is a Texan the way he ambushed the homeschoolers. We will be talking about this on our radio show next week: The Homeschooler Next Door streaming on Drama Free Radio station. I don't think any of the main media are willing to go head to head with Dr. Phil, but this homeschool MOM is not taking this lying down.

We have heard from other blogs about how the audience was stacked, the guests were ambushed and how the whole thing was just a show to make homeschooling look bad.
Here are the blogs with that information:

This on the same week that it was announced that one of the Rhodes Scholars from Texas is a homeschooler! Hence my assumption that Dr. Phil is not really a Texan, where people believe in individual freedom and responsiblity, such as the responsiblity to educate your children.

Anyway, we will go over Dr. Phil's show point by point on this next week's The Homeschooler Next Door!


On the Road Again

Well, we have been on the road for 10 days now. We hit Iowa just as a northern did and voila, it was 50 degrees. I love being on the road with my kids. It's a great time to remind them of each state's slogan, ask about the geography of the places we travel through, and of course, discuss things endlesslyl. They enjoy and annoy each other in various degrees along the way. But overall we have fun.

They were great during the conference, setting up the booth 3 different times. Very patient for teens. We had fun with the relatives and were glad to hear of their faith. Nice knowing they will be with us in the forever and ever.

We loved the mountains of West Virgina, took some great pictures, but was very tired after hours of curves. We thoroughly enjoyed the gentle mountains of North Carolina but were glad to hit I-10 for that final stretch back to Texas!


Spring Freak Out

Well, it's almost the end of the school year, and on all the homeschool lists there is that Spring Freak Out that comes with the end of the standard school year. *Did we do enough??!!!* We did not finish the book! As though the teachers ever finish the book.

Here's the secret: the teachers never finish the book. I was sooo disappointed when my daughter was kept in school for the finish of her 6th grade year while I had already pulled out my other child. She was in accelerated classes and I knew I could not teach her that math. So we kept her in until the finish of the school year. Well, she mentioned as the school year was ending, that the teacher was just flying through the last part of the book. None of the kids were catching any of it, and the teacher was not going to test them on it. She just needed to get it covered because it was in her lesson plans. Great teaching, huh?

So if you tend to FREAK OUT, during this time of year.
Catch your breath,
have a picnic,
take the kids to the zoo.
read a good book.

They learn so much for just talking. Hey, it was the mode of learning for several millenium!

If you kids know more now than they did last fall,
if they are still interested in learning,
if they read books without you telling them,
if they research things and THEN tell you what they found,
you can be rest assured you've done enough.

Until later,