Wednesday, April 2, 2008

New library group...

Yesterday we attended our first library group. With the trouble I have had in finding a homeschool support group that fits our needs, I decided that at least the library group would be interaction. I was so proud of the kids, they both behaved so good and interacted so well. In fact they behaved better than the public school kids (it's an after school group with both homeschool and public school children).
There was one child that could not behave at all and was a year older than my son. For an entire hour I watched him running around, disrupting the class, etc. What is so funny is that after this his grandmother said to me "So they are homeschooled?" I said "yeah." and she said "Well, it's good for them to be around other kids isn't it." I was baffled at this comment. Here my kids both behaved better than her grandchild and the other public school child and if the teacher hadn't introduced them as homeschooled then no one would have even known. Yet, she still felt a need to say something like that. I was just floored with amusement and a sort of shock.
Aside from this everything went great and the kids loved it so we'll probably continue and they actually wanted to look at the books that they picked out related to the dog book they had read. That was surprising because my son usually considers reading time (time to sit quietly and look at the books that we've checked out) as torture! lol. But hopefully this will be a step in the other direction.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why do they always feel the need to slip in that smug little comment related to the s-word? I have had friends tell me that homeschooling doesn't prepare them for the "real" world. I have also had others say things like, "My son just wouldn't do well being with Mommy all day. He needs to be around other children." My personal favorite was from a family member:) "So when are you going to mainstream them?" You would have thought she was refering to some sort of animals! Older women usually like to say something along the lines of "So is school out today? Or, playing sick today are we?" This is when they see us out in town during the day. My children and I have learned to just say "yes" to these comments without going into detail. It is just easier. Sometimes I think the older generation is even harder to convince. They are very set in their ways---and may feel like we are criticizing the choices they made for their own children. Don't let them to get to you. Keep going to the library and letting them see your smart, well-behaved children. Maybe she will be asking you how to get started before long. Trilynn

Trilynn said...

Sorry, I left my last comment under anonymous because I am still having to re-sign in every time I post. I had already written out a comment and didn't want to see it get wiped out because I had to sign in. Trilynn

AutumnLeavz said...

Hey there,
I usually get the general "Are you sick?" when we're out in public. Here I still get mixed reactions but usually my biggest proponents are older women. Often they're the ones who say to me "Good for you, schools are crazy these days, if I had a child in school these days I would homeschool". But they still usually sneak in the socialization, or supposed lack of, comments.