We’ve Got Arm, and Other Things

(yeah, a little blurry, but he’s a quickie, this son of mine)

Last week, I finally got around to grading my daughter. As agreed with our public school system, I had to fill out a progress report to show that she has actually learned something while home with me for first grade.

Do homeschoolers actually flunk their kids? What parent is going to say, “Well, I’m going to give Johnny an “F” in Math, so he will have to repeat 1st grade next year”. Sometimes it is so odd trying to fit the homeschooling experience into the public school model.

Just in time for ’08-’09 school planning, look what came in the mail a few weeks ago:

Oh, how cute! Homeschoolers have a catalog just for them! It even has a cute rainbow and a tiny schoolhouse on it!

Cute, my ass. This sucker weighs a ton and features over 35,000 products explained in teeny tiny typeface…(and, it really isn’t just for homeschoolers but any masochist who wants it).

I’m awed by it, and a little afraid of it.


  1. OMG! How do you even begin to go through that mammoth catalog? How do you choose anything? Wow. My appreciation for the hard work of homeschoolers increases.

  2. Alpha DogMa says

    I’m petrified of curriculum catalogues. Yes, that’s me. The fossil in the corner.

  3. I’ve wondered the same thing before. Do home school parents ever actually flunk their kids? And that catalog, I’m drooling. I think I have issues. 🙂

  4. Yes grading them is a little weird. What else is weird is doing an attendance report. Are they ever absent?

  5. SuburbanCorrespondent says

    Honey, you should be afraid – that thing is the black hole of homeschooling catalogs…

    I prefer to go with the individual ones – have you seen Memoria Press yet?

  6. jennifer, playgroups are no place for children says

    I’ve tossed around the idea of homeschooling in my brain and I think the sheer size of that catalog just made my brain explode.

  7. That’s amazing that you homeschool! I couldn’t do it!

  8. I have this and LOVE IT!

  9. Wow – and I thought my teacher catalogs were bad! I still went through them all to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

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