Sorry if this has been posted before, but this is such an active group, it's hard to keep up! But I was wondering how other families dealt with the whole, "Mom, when am I going to start school?" thing.
My daughter understands that she's homeschooled, but she thinks at some point, she's going to just suddenly be put on a bus and off she'll go to happy-tra-la-la schoolland where everyone is friends (eventually) and no one ever has any actual school work (seriously, kids in t.v. shows don't have anything to complain about!).
Now I know not everyone does television at home, but still--people at the store asking her if she's starting school this year (or, thinking she's older than she is, asking her how she's enjoying it) and stuff in books, etc. would have exposed her to the idea anyway.
How do you handle it? What about when someone puts your homeschooled kid on the spot? ("Why aren't you in school?" in the middle of an average school day at the store)
Has anyone else had a kid who's not happy that they aren't going to school, because they have an idealized utopian vision of what school is supposed to be? (particularly a child who would NOT thrive in that kind of environment--my poor daughter would be labeled and constantly penalized for just being herself, based on my own experience, and would not do well sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day... in fact, it would probably break something inside of her--that environment in general).