Monday, May 07, 2007

"So what do you do in the holidays?"

... said the supermarket cashier today, after I'd just spent five minutes explaining how the children learn through normal life, every day, without me having to specifically *teach* them.

I was lost for words after that. Kind of wish I'd just muttered something about "September" when she asked Lyddie when she was starting school, and stuck to exchanging inanities about the weather instead. Ah well.


Blogger Lindsey said...

lol, it is hard to explain to people that HE is literally *learning all the time*. It's somewhat frustrating why people don't understand that the *school buildings* close at certain times and that people themselves *stay open* to everything and anything which interests them. I would love a list of smart answers for when the *summer holidays* come round and *well meaning* people say to me *Oooh bet you can't wait till they are back at school*. Any ideas? lol. That Gatto vid was ace btw, thanks for sharing :)

9:46 pm, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Pete said...

Luckily, last time we hit something like this, it was the other way round "Enjoying half term...? Oh, home educated, that will be why they're so well spoken."

Your one sounds like Marjorie Dawes from Little Britain. "So, what happens to Dot in the end? Yeah, so what happens to Ian in the end? Right, so, what happens to Mo in the end...?"

10:52 pm, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Ruth said...

I get that as well. Often shop keepers will see me out with my lot and say "Oh I thought the holidays had finished now?" and I just say "Oh have they?" Hee hee. As for what do we do in the holidays - I just tell them we do the same as we do all the rest of the time. They don't "get" it tho.

10:18 am, May 08, 2007  
Anonymous Leo said...

People don't comment much, maybe because I'm foreign.

12:39 pm, May 08, 2007  
Blogger dottyspots said...

LOL Pete - we've had a similar comment before too, I think it might depend upon where you live though as mine came back from the recent EO OCM telling me how polite and well-spoken the other children were :0D

I'm always tempted to reply something along the lines of 'It is the holidays, that's why I've unchained them from the workbooks' ;o)

6:08 pm, May 08, 2007  
Blogger Tibetan Star said...

I've been lucky so far, with most people being supportive of home-education.

Unfortunately there's always a minority who refuse to keep an open mind about it.

6:53 pm, May 08, 2007  

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