Magazine September 2013 - Page 12

x Confessions of a Former Box Checker: How We Moved Our Homeschool off the Page and Into the World by Jessica The box at the edge of the page was missing the satisfying checkmark of completion, and the emptiness was taunting me. About the Author: Jessica and her homeschooling family of four boys can be described in one word-average. They are a middle class family living in Middle America right smack in the middle of the suburbs with 3 bedroom 2 1/2 baths and a minivan. Together, they leave ordinary behind to set off on extraordinary adventures around the world. Stories of their travels can be found in Family Fun, Dallas Child, and at the family’s travel blog Suitcases and Sippy Cups. Sippycups blog As a stalwart box-checker, I take great satisfaction in seeing all the boxes filled, but this box was particularly troublesome because I had planned a field trip to coincide with the completion of the book. The field trip was scheduled to begin in a little less than two hours and we hadn’t even cracked the pages of the book yet. I fretted over the lost educational opportunity as I packed lunches and readied the car for the trip. If only I hadn’t procrastinated, the kids would be completely prepared for the field trip with all the knowledge from the book, I chastised myself. Still hoping to salvage the experience, I started furiously reading The Story of the Erie Canal as soon as everyone was buckled into the car (don’t worry, my husband was driving.) As I read the