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Top Twenty Reasons to Home School

picture of home school house

I believe there are quite a few home school families who read my blog. I have the utmost respect for home schoolers who do their job well. In recent years some fine students who were home schooled have been in my university French classes. I'm confident that any home schoolers will read today's post with an eye to the humor. It is in no way meant as a criticism, but rather it highlights the humor of their particular situation. The list has been in my files for years, recently resurfaced, and has been tweaked slightly from the way it originally came to me.

Top twenty reasons to home school

20. Your kids never tell you that their teacher knows more than you do.

19. If you can't find matching socks for your child first thing in the morning, who cares?

18. Cleaning out the refrigerator can double as science lab.

17. Your kids never have a reason to think they'll get beat up by a gang at school.

16. If the principal gives the teacher a bad evaluation, she can stick her icy feet against his legs at night.

15. You can post the Ten Commandments on your school room wall, and you won't get sued.

14. You never have to drive your child's forgotten lunch to school.

13. Your child will never go to their 20th high school reunion, meet an old flame, and rush into an unfortunate marriage.

That reminded me of a cartoon I love....

picture of home school cartoon

12. You get to change more than diapers — you get to change minds.

11. If you get caught talking to yourself, you can claim you're having a PTA meeting.

10. It's better to be slightly concerned about socialization than very concerned about socialism.

9. Your child will never suffer the embarrassment of group showers after PE.

8. The only debate about the school lunch program is whose turn it is to cook.

7. You never have to face the dilemma of whether to take your child's side or the teacher's side in a dispute at school.

6. If your child gets drugs at school, it's probably Tylenol.

5. The teacher gets to kiss the principal in the faculty lounge and no one gossips.

4. Your kids recognize that this list is numerically in reverse order.

3. Your honor student can actually read the bumper sticker that you have put on your car.

2. If your child claims that the dog ate his homework, you can ask the dog.

And the number one reason ... Someday your children will consider you to be a miracle worker.


This past week one of my readers sent me a link to a great video — a CBS report on France's Gourmet School Lunches. I found it on YouTube, downloaded it, and have it available further down in this blog post, in case it ever goes away on the CBS site. I laughed out loud several times as I watched because it's SO true of the way the French view food!

If you're reading this in an e-mail or a blog reader, you can view the video either by going to the CBS site (they probably have more bandwidth than I do) or go to this post on my blog and view it there.

I wonder if that could be one reason so few French families home school — how could a French home school mom compete with the lunches in the French schools?!


Even though Nora and Topher went by the hospital early in the evening of their wedding, they were not able to hold Ryan. This past Sunday Aunt Nora got to hold the little guy for the first time. She calls Ryan her coolest wedding gift.

picture of Nora's coolest wedding gift

Here are our two bouncing baby boys — Mark and Ryan gently bouncing on the exercise ball. Mark and Katie hope to find a rocking chair soon. Anyone know of a good source for one that's not too expensive?

picture of my two bouncing baby boys

Here I am "on the ball" with Ryan also.

picture of Poppie and our bouncing baby boy

The pair of bluebirds mentioned in a previous post did indeed decide to build a nest in our birdhouse. Here's a picture I sneaked of their eggs yesterday afternoon when the parents were temporarily out.

picture of bluebird eggs

More updates to follow....


"Have you seen anything amazing lately that only God can do?" — Drew Conley

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Apple: Nutritious lunchtime dessert that children will often trade for cupcakes

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16 Comments on “Top Twenty Reasons to Home School”

  1. #1 Rebekah
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed today’s post, both as a former French student and as one who was home schooled clear up till college.

    Another reason to home school – you can get school discounts on family trips to museums.

  2. #2 noelle
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Your new grandson is beautiful.
    and as a homeschool mom, I’d never be able to compete with that lunch program either! Wow!

  3. #3 Peter
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I loved the video, Rob. Cynthia is always after us boys not to gobble our food. I think she would get along very well with the French at mealtime 🙂

  4. #4 Doodie
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I loved the video–did anyone notice that when the meticulous French served the food, their fingers were inside the serving dish? One of my pet peeves in restaurants here!

  5. #5 vikki
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Bluebirds – how fun!! One of my favorite birds.

    We had a robin build a nest in one of the ferns hanging on our front porch. Yesterday morning we woke to a mess a feathers and broken eggs – great sadness! However, your bluebirds were smart enough to use a protected bird house, so I look forward to seeing the pictures as they hatch and grow. 🙂

    I like # 11 above, the PTA meeting with yourself.

  6. #6 Katie
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    We’ve been looking to get a new Rocking Chair for my mom for some time now, but new ones are so expensive! I have a friend that got some nice used Living Room furniture off craigslist.com for a good price. I bet there’s probably a few Rocking Chairs listed.

  7. #7 Michael
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Homeschooling certainly has its pros and cons. I remember in my freshman speech class in college how this raging debate broke out over which type of schooling was best. We had representatives from Christian, public, and homeschooling and each gave a speech at some point during the semester. We were all able to be friends when it was over. No matter what type of education a parent may choose, the home is to be the place where real education (imparting of God’s truth) is to take place.

  8. #8 Kristin
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    What a great list! All of those are on my list of reasons why I homeschool…except for maybe #1, which more of a hope for the future. 🙂 Love the pics of baby Ryan – he’s such a doll!

  9. #9 Meg
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Last year we were looking for a rocking chair as well (not being able to afford a new one). I tried Craigslist but couldn’t find anything for under $50. (I wanted to spend $10-$20). So one Saturday, I found out about a few large yardsales (neighborhood and church ones), went there, and came back with the perfect rocking chair in awesome condition – for $10!! It’s worth a try. 🙂

  10. #10 Rob
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Mark texted me a little while ago to say they found a wooden rocking chair earlier this week. So all is well. Many thanks to several who offered ideas on where to find one!

  11. #11 Caroline
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    i wasn’t home schooled my whole life, but i always had my mom for a teacher until college! i definitely remember cleaning out the fridge and finding science experiments. a few times we tried to figure out what the item was originally. 🙂 so fun!
    #1 is very VERY true. i am so amazed at my mom. she is my own personal wonder-woman. i have no idea how she does all that she does. she is a miracle worker, or i should say, she works for the Miracle Worker. 🙂

  12. #12 Donna Lawrence
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I read recently that there is a school in Chicago where students are not ALLOWED to bring in lunch from home (they might bring in food made with *gasp* preservatives and processed flour. Everyone there has to buy the school lunch, so the administration knows they are eating healthy stuff.

    Rob adds: The nanny state at its finest/worst?

  13. #13 Carrie
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Mr. Loach, this one of your finest posts ever! As a homeschool mom whose kids are in a private school for the first time, I love the reasons to homeschool! Love the cartoon, love the show about French school lunches. . . I’m hiding my head in shame for serving my kids Ramen for lunch! I hope the French police don’t come and get me. 😮 But from what the young man said, French moms aren’t able to compete either. Thank you for putting this website together! Oh, and your grandson is adorable.

  14. #14 A.H.
    on Apr 21st, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I wish more restaurants were as sanitary as that French school!

    When I was little, we would often “have class” on the back porch. It was so much fun.

  15. #15 Laura
    on Apr 22nd, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    These were GREAT!!!

    Cute pictures. Love the HAIR. My boys were BALD.

  16. #16 Eileen
    on Apr 22nd, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Love the French video! I wouldn’t mind sampling all that delicious French cuisine – bring on the escargot! 😉