Homeschooling Hazards

Some folks think of homeschooling as this innocent, well oiled machine. I’m here to tell you there are homeschooling hazards that nobody ever considers.

We’re doing Ancients in our homeschool this year. It’s been interesting so far. We covered the Nomads, and then on to one of my personal favourites, Ancient Egypt.

Yes, I’m a bit of a geek. I have favourite history time periods. Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome/Greece, and then Medieval and Renaissance periods. One of my all time favourite historical figures is Elizabeth the First. Its probably best I don’t start babbling about her, because that’s a blog post all on its own, and frankly, not many folks are terribly interested. But, if you ever want an example of a strong, confident woman for the kids, look up Elizabeth the First. Forget any cartoon princesses, she’s a serious butt kicking example of what a person can do, even when surrounded by turmoil and adversaries.


Nomads have caught the Middle Minions attention. First thing we did was for them to build shelters, using only what was in our yard. The results were…Interesting.

This is Tazzie’s offering:

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Notice the use of the hockey net. Canadian, eh?

Of course, the hockey net was used. Not a great choice of shelter walls, but points given, because, hockey.

Then we moved on to Princess:

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Comforts, not walls.

You’ll note that we have a chair, logs arranged for a fire, but no walls, just the shelter given by the tree. And, hey, what’s that?

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Of course.

Yes, that’s Princess’ snow saucer. I thought it was decoration. Noooope.It’s a shield, apparently.

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Weaponry. Awesome?

Yep. The stick with a rag on it was her sword. Which, granted, the nomads didn’t have, but who am I to quibble? The whole, “Lets bash each other with a broken broom handle and a stick” thing, however, did get a few objections.

This is what I’m talking about, homeschooling hazards. And it doesn’t end there.

Yesterday, Wolf and I are innocently sitting on the porch, when Princess comes out and asks me where the duct tape is. This isn’t an unusual question in our house, we tend to use duct tape a lot. So, I answered, and she casually replied, “Oh, good. Because I wanna make a spear for hunting. You know, like the Nomads used.”  “Ok.” I responded, and she wandered off.

Suddenly, her words sank in.

Turning to Wolf, I asked, “Did I just approve of her making weaponry?”

He snickered, “Yeah, you did.”

Great. Off to explain that ‘hunting’ didn’t include brothers, pets, and vehicles. Or house windows. Or the neighbour’s butt.

Homeschooling hazards. FEAR THEM!

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Homeschooling Hazards — 9 Comments

  1. I interested in homeschooling I have four children. They are in kindergarten first grade third grade and my oldest is special needs and in the ninth grade.I have no idea how to go about this.we are a low income family. I really want this for my children any advice?

    • The best advice I can give you is to google the name of the city you live in, with ‘homeschooling’. Or state/province. You can find groups with folks who are homeschooling in your area, find out the local laws, requirements, etc.

        • Awww, thank you! Homeschooling has been a poitive journey for us, and I hope you find the answers and support you need to be able to decide if it’s the right oe for your family, and, if so, how best to succeed!

  2. Hi, I had actually googled to see if ‘Blunt Moms’ had published anything on homeschooling and ended up here. I’ve contributed a couple of posts to ‘Blunt Moms’ myself and was considering submitting on homeschooling. Your experience convinced me not to. They do seem to have removed the original post (too bad, I was curious).

    I would have complained about how I hate homeschooling, but I believe that’s better done in a pro-homeschooling venue, not one that may be snarky about it to begin with. It’s a real, three-dimensional thing and I agree can be a great thing for kids. My kids benefitted in a hundred ways; no doubt about it. But I’ve never enjoyed it and continue disliking it. I did it out of sheer necessity. I had two boys who were really poorly served by the public and Montessori systems (don’t get me started on how awful Montessori is; and public schools/teachers/administrators suck so incredibly badly in so many ways), so I homeschooled as a last measure.

    My older son has successfully re-entered a great program in what has turned out to be a really good public secondary school with some sane and professional teachers (not all, of course…); and I’m hoping that we will be able to put our younger son back in next year. I’ve just hated homeschooling.

    I appreciate parents who choose it freely, but so many of have had to do it because our kids just didn’t fit into the brainless elementary school model. I expect that environmental toxins are partly to blame for a generation of kids who have trouble concentrating, but that’s another argument for another day. I just wanted to take the opportunity to say I probably wouldn’t have supported the ‘Blunt Moms’ post if it was just gratuitously slamming on homeschooling; but, wow, will I ever be glad to be done with homeschooling if our younger son fits into his brother’s high school.

    • I think what it boils down to, is parents just trying to do the best they can for their kids. Be it homeschool, private, public. It’s all we CAN do.

      I didn’t intend to homeschool. Diva was in public school. We pulled her due to severe bullying issues. We just found it worked well for us, and have continued. I take it a year at a time. If ps is the better option one year, then we’ll pursue that.

      I’m not ‘wedded’ to any one style of education, as long as the child is succeeding, learning, thriving.

      What I object to, and always will, is ANYONE blasting ANY style of education as being wrong, in need of protection orders, and producing adults only fit for working in the fast food industry.

      I admit to being completely ignorant about the Montessori system, but do wonder if the situation you experienced was a localized issue (in your area), as opposed to Montessori across the board. Not that it matters in terms of *your* experience, b/c you can only work the system you can access.

      I do think that, on a large scale, more and more school systems are breaking down. I wouldn’t call them ‘brainless’, but I do think that political machinery is making the job of educating children more and more difficult. Teachers are being severely hampered in their jobs, on so many levels. It’s grossly unfair, both to those who chose to dedicate their lives to educating children, and to the children who are in the classroom. Teachers have an incredibly difficult job, their pay sucks (generally speaking) and the support they get is completely ridiculous.

      Yes, I’m a homeschool parent who supports (most) teachers. Weird, that’s me!

  3. Whoops, I might have said we took both our kids out to homeschool but for completely different reasons. Very different kids; different ways the school systems were failing them. I do strongly believe in having a homeschooling alternative and am very grateful for it.

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