Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Will Survive (the first year of homeschooling)

Natalie Criss of Ramblings, Rants and Remedies has done a fantastically clever rewrite of the song "I Will Survive", which was originally performed by Gloria Gaynor.

Talk about 15 minutes of fame!

I see she has a blog award from "evolved homeschooler", which means we likely don't agree on much of anything, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Kudos to Natalie!

Not only is it really funny just to read as a poem, if you remember the song, the word substitution, the rhythm, the flow - it's just a wow.

Even Simon Cowell would have to give it a thumbs up.

First I was afraid
I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never teach
’Cause I’m not certified.
But we spent so many nights
Reteaching homework that was wrong.
I grew strong,
so now I teach my kids at home!
We study math
and outer space.
I just kept on despite the fear
with a big smile across my face.
I bought a set of Base Ten blocks.
I bought books with answer keys.
My parents think we’re nuts,
but they don’t even bother me

Come on, let’s go walk out the door.
We’re on the road now,
'cause we’re not home much anymore
My friends would frown and say we’d be unsocialized.
I heard one grumble
that I’d give up by July.
Oh no, not I!
I will survive!
As long as I know how to read
I know we’ll be alright.
I've got all my life to learn.
I've got energy to burn.
and I'll survive.
I will survive.

It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart.
Decided to attend
a play date at the local park,
and I met oh so many moms
who offered eagerly to help.
They used to cry.
Now they hold their heads up high,
and so do we!
My kids are cool!
They’re not those chained up little people
stuck inside at school.
So if you feel like dropping by
don't you expect us to be free
I'm spending my time learning
with my loving family!

Be sure to visit Natalie's blog to hear the original song if you are not familiar with it. Only then will you be able to appreciate just what she has done with this song.

1 comment:

  1. lol! Brilliant. I bow down to those of you who have the courage to do what I was afraid to do. Of course, years ago we didn't have the support system homeschoolers today can rely upon. The Internet is a great place to find help.

    I chickened out & put my kids in a private Catholic school & deprogrammed them many nights at dinner.