Yes, We Homeschool! Could You Tell?

Yes, We Homeschool! Could You Tell? at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Tabitha

“Why aren’t you in school?” is a question I’ve heard asked of my friends’ homeschooled children over the last few years. I am not sure why we aren’t asked this as much anymore. When we first started homeschooling our children, our kids were very small, and I think many assumed they weren’t old enough to be in school.

When we had older children who were homeschooled, we did get this question more often. The kids usually had an answer of their own, but sometimes I had to answer for them. I informed the questioner that we homeschool our children and had already completed work for the day or were taking the day off. That would sometimes lead us into a whole new set of questions, which we either ignored or had fun answering.

Yes, We Homeschool! Could You Tell? at The Happy Housewife

Nine of my children wearing homeschool themed shirts

When my kids answered, they weren’t timid but instead would often get a really good conversation going. Frequently we had more comments on the number of children rather than why we were out in public at a time when most children were in school.

Lately, I haven’t heard this question. Even when I have a child with me who is obviously of school age (early to mid teens seem to be the most looked at children of mine), I don’t get asked, “why aren’t your kids in school?”

Yes, We Homeschool! Could You Tell? at The Happy Housewife

Super Homeschooling kid

The most common question I have had in the last few years has been, “You homeschool, don’t you?” I love this response, and it is easy to answer. I love how positive the question is, and it seems to invite a positive, happy response.

I love it especially at this time of year when I have slight pangs of doubt as many of my friends talk about their free time and how fun the first day of school is with all the traditions, excitement, and new school stuff.

I now can answer with great enthusiasm. I usually say, “Wow, yes, we do, could you tell?” This then leads into a great conversation about homeschool life, kids, and learning, but I do try to keep it short before the inquirer is bored to tears…and before my kids run amok.

Yes, We Homeschool! Could You Tell? at The Happy Housewife

My oldest daughter wearing her homeschool shirt

What do you say when you are asked this question? What kinds of questions do you get asked when out in public with your (gasp) unsocialized children?

I am happy to say that we can usually keep the converstaion positive, and if not, we can always use the kids as an excuse to make a quick exit!

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The Ultimate Homeschool Pinning Party: Homeschool Pirates, Geography Quests, High School Electives

I’m excited to be teaming up with my friends Jamerill, Jenn, Tricia, and Stacie to bring you the ULTIMATE Homeschool Pinning Party.
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If you are a blogger this is a great way to share your content, increase your followers, and have your pins repinned! If you are NOT a blogger this is a great party to find the BEST homeschool ideas, resources, projects, and more!

Here’s how it works.

This linky will start every Friday at midnight and will remain open all week.

Choose one or all of the following:

  • Link up your main Pinterest account {personal profile}
  • Link up to 3 of your top homeschool Pinterest pins
  • Link up 1 of your top homeschool boards

PLEASE do the following:

  • Please PIN this post! It’ll help spread the word about this new party!
  • Follow others who are linking up in the party on Pinterest.
  • PIN at least 5 pins from this list {of course you can pin more!}

What will you receive?

  • You will receive new Pinterest followers.
  • Your pins will be repinned and shared by a large homeschool audience.
  • Find new and exciting homeschool content!
  • Weekly you have a chance to have your pin featured in the following weeks link-up. Each week I’ll pick 3-5 pins to highlight.

Get inspired for homeschooling with these featured Pinterest boards this week including Homeschool Pirates (for National Talk Like a Pirate Day), Geography Quests (with lots of detailed lessons for geography), and High School Electives…

Follow The Happy Housewife’s board Homeschool Pirates on Pinterest.

Follow Blog She Wrote’s board Geography Quests on Pinterest.

Follow StartsatEight’s board High School Electives on Pinterest.

Now it’s time for you to link up your Pinterest boards! I can’t wait to see them all!



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September Holidays and Fun Days

September Holidays and Fun Days at The Happy Housewife

September is around the corner.  Arrrgh you ready to talk like a pirate?!  Did you know that “septem” in Latin means seven and September was the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 46 BC?  Enjoy your autumn and get outside!

September Holidays and Fun Days

September 5 – Cheese Pizza Day

September 11 – 911 Remembrance Day

September 12 – Banana Day

September 16 – National Play Doh Day

September 19 –  International Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 25 – Pacific Ocean Discovered

September 26 – Pancake Day

September 26 – Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday


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Clicking Quarter Experiment

Clicking Quarter Science Experiment from The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Marci

One concept that can be hard your kids to grasp is that air is matter. Air takes up space and takes up different amounts of space depending on it’s temperature. In this experiment, we will demonstrate these concepts.

Clicking Quarter Experiment

Supplies Needed

  • a quarter
  • plastic bottle
  • freezer
  • water

Instructions

1. Place the empty plastic bottle, with the cap removed, in the freezer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the bottle from the freezer and set it on a counter or table.

Clicking Quarter Science Experiment from The Happy Housewife

2. Wet the quarter with a little water and place the quarter over the opening of the freezing cold bottle.

Results

Do you see anything? Do you hear anything?

You should see the quarter moving up and down and making a clicking sound. The air inside the bottle is warming, so it is taking up more space. As it expands, it pushes up the quarter on the top of the bottle. When the quarter comes back down, it makes a clicking noise.

Try this simple experiment with your kids.

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