Last Saturday afternoon, my 11-year-old son was riding to a birthday party with our neighbors. The dad related this story to me afterward. Another little boy, probably 9 years old, somehow started talking about how his grandpa was in "the war."
My son asked, "Which war?"
The boy said something about how he didn't know, but Grandpa told a story about how he was on a ship shooting at the enemy in airplanes. With just that information, my son reasoned out loud that it must've been WWII, and it must've been in the Pacific shooting at the Japanese. "Couldn't have been fighting the Germans, probably, because most of that part of the war was a ground war in Europe."
That was about the end of the conversation, but it was certainly enough to impress this college-educated, wealthy, history-buff neighbor man, whose children go to private school, about homeschooling.
When the man related the story to me, he first said, "Hey, you sure are doing a good job with _________. I want to tell you the story about what happened on the way to the party today … "
And after he told me the above story, his response was, "Wow, this kid really knows his history! And he's homeschooled, too."
His comment was so unintentionally condescending that it made me laugh.
His wife was there, and she immediately started backtracking for him, saying how homeschooled kids win spelling bees, etc. But I think, for him, the proof of the pudding is in the tasting. I couldn't resist showing him my Sonlight catalog and lists of all our great history books. Thank you, Sonlight, for giving me yet another Sonlight moment!
I love stories like that, because they tell me that the Sonlight curriculum is helping children learn about their world and making parents proud of their progress. If you're looking for a homeschooling program that takes your whole family on a love-to-learn adventure, perhaps you'll consider Sonlight, too.
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