Heather Sanders

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August 2008



This teacher DOES live in the school.

Written by , Posted in Curriculum, Homeschooling


A new school year is upon us and as most of you know we are homeschooling this year. It has been 3 years since I last homeschooled the kids and though I’m sure it’ll be an adjustment, I feel really relaxed about it all. I know my children’s learning styles and even though they’ve been schooled away from me the past few years, I have been actively involved in their education and homework, so it really is no big deal.

Plus, it was just time. There are a few things we aren’t in agreement with in our local school system, and this way we can structure our day’s more smoothly and get the type of learning we desire – a more literature-based/classical approach.

Emelie was thrilled when all the books came in. She would have torn into the 4 large boxes way before I did, but I knew the kind of inventory necessary for a stash of books and supplies that big, so I put it off a while. Sunday we began unpacking and she couldn’t hardly stay away. She begged me to start school TODAY, but I wanted another week to get on my new work schedule and lay by the pool, so we’re starting after Labor Day.

Meredith, on the other hand, was taken aback by the stacks all over the living room floor. I wish I could have captured her face when she came running through the front door to get a drink of water. She caught one quick look and heard Emelie say, “Look Meredith! These are all YOUR BOOKS!” She looked at the books, then me, and then the books again and said, “Summer’s over?! ALREADY?!”

If you ask Meredith her favorite subject she doesn’t even have to think about it. “P.E.!”

She was switched at birth, I just know it.

Today, she busied herself with protecting the home from scavengers of some sort. When Kenny wouldn’t play along, she dropped that game and decided to protect the chickens from wild beasts instead.


Gun slung over her shoulder, she’s the perfect NRA poster child. Can’t you see the tagline?

“This princess can protect her own castle; can yours?”

NRA poster child.

The school year should be interesting. Bribing her to come INSIDE is about the same difficulty level as bathing a cat.

Ever tried that?


Heather Sanders


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