Here are 10 funny moments from our families! Enjoy!
Share your Homeschool Humor!
Share your Homeschool Humor!
About This Series
If you homeschool, then your life is peppered with humorous moments, where your toddlers or children put two and two together and end up with something outrageous. Sometimes they just do the unexpected, in all seriousness, prompting your laugh-out-loud response!Sure, when you’re in the situations, finding the humor can be a challenge. At the time they can be aggravating, especially in the sacred silence before your morning cup of coffee. But afterwards, invariably you will find the humor.
Share a favorite reason, or your Top Five (or Top Ten!) reasons for homeschooling, or what your children get up to, the games, the experiments, the escapes, the harrowing mistakes, the wonderful recollections of innocent ducklings learning to become graceful swans.
How about humorous wish-I’d-remembered-it-then responses to homeschooling critics? Help others with that clever rejoinder for that perfect moment!
After all, this section is for us all!
So don’t be shy, let’s hear your favorite moments, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back frequently, whether to share a new story, or to share in the joy of other parents and families.
“God has made me laugh for joy; whoever hears of this will laugh with me.” Gen 21:6
Cleansing the Temple
My husband and I would split the academic duties when our older children were homeschooling. He would do the Maths, Sciences, and Religion, and I would do the English grammar, writing, reading, spelling, and such.
One afternoon, I calmly walked into the dining room and asked what they had learned today in their religion class and, apparently, Dad had been teaching them about John 2: 13 – 16, where Jesus went up to the temple in Jerusalem and was displeased that the merchants were selling their wares at the temple.
How did I know this?
Because Elizabeth summarized her lesson thus: “Daddy taught us that Jesus was angry because the people had turned the temple into a Wal-Mart.”
I did manage to keep my composure.
When asked “Who was made to help Jesus carry His cross?” my little student replied, “Simon the Sardine!”‘
Fruits & Veggies
One sunny day, my children and I were having a picnic on our deck. I served the food and I reminded the children to make sure to eat their fruits and veggies. My son immediately chimed in and said, “Yes, we must eat all our fruits and vegetables. It’s full of vitamins and criminals!” :D
I asked my son a catechism question from the Baltimore Catechism, and while he was carefully and accurately reciting his answer, I fell asleep!
He said, “Mom, I’m done. Do you need me to say that again?”
He was cracking up!
We have been homeschooling for 5 years now, but didn’t begin that path until after our oldest daughters were in 2nd grade and Kindergarten. I had done well in school as a student, but was a little nervous about beginning homeschooling because at the time I also had a 3 1/2 and 2 year old, plus an 8 month old to look after and my husband works long hours.
I have some perfectionist tendencies, and so prior to the first big day I had everything carefully prepared. There were lesson plans, papers to be completed, and book work, and of course, an ideal starting time. As soon as I put the baby down for his morning nap, it was time to begin! I ushered the oldest 2 children into the dining room, hoping the other 2 preschoolers would entertain themselves.
Things were going well, the girls were paying attention, I was explaining all of the lessons, and then I found them. The 2 preschoolers had been very quiet and I assumed they were just playing together incredibly well, ha!
The 3 year old, who was normally NOT the troublemaker, had discovered some Sharpie markers and decided to color the 2 year old’s head and scalp!! It didn’t wash off completely for about 2 weeks, but to this day the incident still makes me laugh. I suppose they thought they were practicing ‘art’!
My three year old had somehow got a green sharpie in hand and when we were saying goodbye to some friends at the front door. She decided to take the sharpie and walk from the front door through the living room to the kitchen, and she managed to NOT miss a spot on the walls, back of the couch (the WHOLE couch, a leather one ) and my kitchen cabinets.
All in GREEN SHARPIE.
Needless to say my husband and I scrubbed and scrubbed for weeks. It is very funny now, not at the time : ) Needless to say ALL SHARPIES went high up in a cupboard : )
On and On
While I was busy working in the laundry room, my four-year-old son came to me with an interesting question. Why is thunder and lightning so noisy and why did God create mosquitoes?
I was eager to talk to him about science and nature, a topic that I find interesting! So I start to give him a detailed and lengthy explanation.
After a minute, he interrupts me saying, “Okay, Momma, you can stop now.”
Washing the Animals
As a homeschooling mom who lives on a farm, my life can be described as a tragicomedy! One day the boys were doing laundry, but instead of placing one piece at a time into the washer as I advised, they shoved a whole big pile in the washer. Now our washer is a marvelous machine that can do just about anything but its intended purpose. It walks, it spins some crazy dances, and it clamors a great symphony! So we must keep a close eye on this gargantuan robot.
During the spin cycle when the machine shakes and walks about with a great charisma, we abandon everything we do and sprint to it in comic kind of panic and we open the lid. So that is what the boys did that one day, except on the top of the water was floating a soggy and very dizzy kitten.
“Mom we washed the kitten!” were the only words I heard from all the craziness. The kitten’s neck was stretched and her head kept on spinning (it was still alive, just wet and dizzy!). Kids were rushing for holy water and blessed oil, and some were lighting the vigil oil lamp in our icon corner.
The sight of that kitten still looping all by itself and the kids pouring water over the tiny creature are forever stuck in my head!
Byzantine Catholics routinely offer the Eucharist under both species to children right from their Baptism. Great-niece Mary Treya, age three, after receiving, was heard to exclaim, “Ummm, good God!”
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord!
Middle of Nowhere
We were returning from a homeschool field trip in the Capital. It had been a long day, we were tired, and the ten of us were deep in our own thoughts.
It had been quiet for some time when out of the blue, five year old Peter piped up, “How can someplace be in the middle of nowhere? Every place is somewhere!”
I was too startled to answer and could only think, what other philosphical questions are ruminating in that five year old mind?