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  • 09/14/2003
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Hey Dawn,,,we did one of those dig the dinosaur out of the putty projects. I was picking up little pieces of fake dinosaur mud for weeks. Then we did the- put the 100000000 piece balsa wood dino together. I think we ended up making a dino airplane. The project that had me nervous was when at about age 13 he decided to build a laser. We went to the library and the librarian who had been there since he was a baby (our little town has one gas station, a mini mart and 4 bars so everyone knows everyone) She knew us very well, said “well if anyone can do it Joey will” ,at that point I was a tad bit apprehensive. But he spent a few days reading and drawing plans then decided to learn how to make keys for padlocks or something like that.

Firewife: you can homeschool. You only need to love the kids and want to keep them safe and happy. The rest is really easy. Even tho I will admit there were many spur of the moment field trips because they would not have survived the day if we had stayed home. Depending on the state you live in most states are now very homeschool friendly. Not like when I started. Lots of books, support groups, mothers support groups etc. And you certainly don’t need a degree or even a huge amount of gray matter.

This kid (despite a learning disability) has excelled in all his fire classes. He is structure and wildland, EMT advanced and has his haz mat tech and is on the region haz mat team. It took him a while to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up but once he got interested in fire it was clear sailing. (honestly all I did was sort of guide him thru life) and drive to the library.

My theory always was if I don’t know how to teach them something I can find someone who does…(happened a few times) and my main goal during their school years, even if they never learned anything, was to keep them safe and avoid as much peer pressure as we could. We had two successes and one that pushed the envelope but after a few rebellions finally did see the light—met a wonderful gal that just straightened him right out.

And don’t let anyone discourage you because of the kids needing “socialization” if they are homeschooled you pick their friends and wouldn’t want them to do the socially acceptable thing now anyway. ok off the soapbox and off to fold towels. How can one person and two fish make such a huge mess, and I am never home. those messy fish…


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