Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Our Rules of Homeschooling

Posted here from my Facebook page, because at the start of the year it's useful to review what we do (and what we don't):
  1. We all respect one another, and communicate with words rather than behavior.
  2. Just because you don't like something doesn't mean you don't have to do it.
  3. You are not allowed to be bored until you have spent at least 10 hours doing it... and then you may DISCUSS your reasons for why you find it boring and TACTFULLY SUGGEST alternative solutions to learning the material.
  4. There is no such thing as TOO HARD. Work can be too hard *if you don't have help* or too hard *to do easily*. Otherwise, it's just hard, and that means you need to work at it.
  5. You may ask Mom for help any time she is not working with someone else or talking on the phone. 
  6. It is normal not to understand or remember things you used to understand or remember. This will happen even when you are an adult.
  7. ‎If you find something TOO HARD or you find you need to complain about it, that is a sign that you need MORE PRACTICE.
  8. Those who cooperate during the day will get 'cooperation candy'. Including Mom.


  1. These are truly wise. I'm going to copy this and reuse at home, even though we aren't homeschooling these apply !

  2. i especially like the 6th one, though i think i'd modify its second sentence to read, "This happens a lot to adults, too, and will get really bad with the sleep deprivation that comes with parenting."