"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

You Might Be A Homeschool Resource Junkie If...

The title of one of Maureen's posts reminded me of this email I got early in the year. So fitting for this time of year!

20 Signs You Are a Homeschool Resource Junkie

  • Every wall in your house has a bookshelf and you are contemplating how to hang more from the ceiling.
  • You wakened groggy the morning after a curriculum fair, unable to remember how many you books you bought or how much you spent? You shake in fear at the thought of looking at the receipts.
  • You ordered a fourth filing cabinet because the 1-3 are overflowing with curriculum catalogs.
  • The local owners of used bookstores invite you to their kids birthday parties.
  • The flash cards fall out of your craft closet and bury your toddler and large dog.
  • Your night stand is toppling over and there are large tumbling stacks on the floor. with books that, yes, block the path to the bathroom but give you great comfort and inspiration.
  • You can't read a full curriculum review on the Internet without clicking through to see if you can afford it.
  • You were on the first waiting list for a Kindle.
  • The librarian greets you with "Oh, you again!
  • Your mailman ask for another route because of that homeschool mom and all those book deliveries (even after you installed the super duper humongous mailbox he still can't fit ALL the packages in).
  • Amazon denies you a renewal of Prime Shipping.
  • You schedule your family vacations around different states' homeschool conventions.
  • You would not think of going to the doctor or dentist, without book bag stuffed with several genre options.
  • When you finish a book you get this awful empty feeling, like you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
  • You lend out your curriculum to your homeschooling friends but don't tell them you've never used it yourself.
  • You made the decision to purchase your home based on the built in book shelves.
  • Your hubby put his photo in your curriculum catalog stack to remind you of what he looks like.
  • Your collection contains more books than any family with 20 children could possibly read in one lifetime
  • You buy what looks like the greatest curriculum ever the curriculum fair only to get home to find you bought the same one two years ago.
  • Your children refer to Borders and Barnes & Noble as dangerous places. They know once you go in they might not see you for days.
  • You visit Library Thing and Shelfari daily.
Any others you would add?

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