Mail time: Question from a Reader

Q. I have often heard it said that homeschooling is very flexible. What exactly do people mean when they say that?

A. Well they could mean several things when people are using that term to describe homeschooling. They might be referring to the selection of books and materials that are available. Parents can pick resources that are suited to their children’s learning needs and styles. They can use approved resources, commercially produced or internet resources, just to name a few.

They might be referring to the fact that when you homeschool you are not tied into a schedule or routine that is dictated by someone else. This is the part I personally love best about homeschooling.

They may mean …

  • Everyday and just about anywhere can be a learning experience including rainy days, sick days or snow days. For our family, Christmas time is full of learning. We buy a lot of educational gifts!
  • You can take a day off if the weather is beautiful or just do school outside. We never really take a day off because for us learning is something we do every day, all the time! It is how we grow and thrive.
  • You can take a vacation during the off season and no one is “behind the class” when you return from  the trip. Oh, yes! And save a ton of money in the process.
 You can adjust the pace of learning and the curriculum to suit a child’s learning style or weaknesses/strengths. This describes the Goldilocks effect – kids pick things up when it is just right for them!

 No missed buses!

  • You don’t have to worry about negative peer pressure. They spend a lot of time around adults, family and close friends. Homeschool kids have a much strong sense of self! They are well socialized and more empathetic.
  • You can do all the science experiments, art projects or nature walks you want – no rush to move on to the next subject or chapter. You can follow passions and develop skills. Yes! This is a huge part of why we homeschool!
  • Going to the library becomes at least a weekly thing and a life long habit. Children see parents learning everyday as well. They see the important adults in their lives learning, struggling and growing.

These are just a few of the things they might have meant when they said homeschooling was flexible. Hope this helped! Got a question? Please feel free to drop us a line.

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