Monday, September 24, 2007

Homeschooling Flexibility

One of the things people like about homeschooling is how flexible it is. You can adjust schedules and topics to accommodate travel, field trips, interests, and even the unexpected. Like today, we had to adjust our plans and cover some new topics -

Civil servants
Civic responsibility
Fact vs. speculation
Noticing and recalling details
When to call 911
How to make a police report

Wow, what happened, you ask? Well, it all started when K glanced out the window and said, very calmly, "Mom, there's a man tying up another man outside."

Ummm, excuse me?

So I got up off the floor where I had been sorting through last year's work, looked out the window *and she was right*! One guy was sitting very calmly in the back seat of an SUV with his hands handcuffed in his lap and he was very obligingly leaning forward and picking up his feet as another guy seemed to be wrapping rope around him. The second guy very politely put a seatbelt on the tied up guy, shut the door, walked calmly around the SUV, got in, and drove off while we watched in disbelief. I had the presence of mind to write down the license plate number and call the police.

A little later, the police called back and asked if they could come get a statement. Sure, why not? K was very excited to tell her side of the story. It was the most bizarre thing since neither guy was in a hurry or seemed upset. They acted like this happened all the time.


The police officer said it was probably a bondsman, but since they couldn't match the plate number I gave them, then they'll investigate it. I wonder what'll come of it.

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