Just because I homeschool and feel somewhat passionate about my choice, many people assume that I am dead set against public schools, or that I had bad experiences in school. Neither is the case.
In fact, I look back on my school days with some fondness. For example, I recall "stores" with a smile. Every seventh grade class, for a number of years, participated in the concept of "stores". The seventh grade class was split up into groups. Each group had to come up with a store name, design the layout, the sales, pricing, marketing, employees, and set up the store. For three days the gym was turned into a giant mall. (In which every parent had donated their "garage sale" tchotchkes so their child could sell for a dollar. Some parents, no doubt, stayed up very,very late baking, too.)
And here is what I learned: How to make change. Yes. That's about the size of it. Oh, I learned other things too...like how to draw signs that said "Specialty Food: Pizza 90c". Because pizza is pretty specialty. And that you should always name a store something really,really, catchy. Like incorporating the year you graduate in the name of your store. For example, the catchy: "87th Avenue". I also learned that a lot of one dollar bills together look like Alot Of One Dollar Bills. And to demonstrate what I learned in Seventh Grade Stores here is a photo.
I learned that it's really all about the money. And about how you wear your sweater. (It should be wrapped very preppy-like over your shoulders.) And that you should also wear shirts with high necks and lots of ruffles on the front. And you could see that my fellow store employee, Megan, has one of those shirts on, if it wasn't for the fact she, too, learned about money in the Seventh Grade stores. Meanwhile, the only person who looks hard at work actually speaking to the customer is Judi. You may recall Judi as my exclusive "Johnny Depp in Darlington" correspondant. (Relive the memories HERE.)
So there you have it. I harbor nothing but good memories from my school days. I studied hard, and I learned a LOT. Oh, yeah, and that we all wanted to talk like Valley Girls.