One of the many beauties of home education is the ability to be flexible. This can come in many areas of our home school whether it be in our schedule, our curriculum, courses taught, where we teach, etc.
One of the obvious ways to be flexible in our home school is with our schedule. Fortunately, each and every one of us can choose our own schedule. Perhaps Dad doesn’t have a regular work schedule or doesn’t necessarily work Monday through Friday during regular school hours. Whatever the case might be, you can schedule your school week to meet your family’s needs. Your schedule can even vary from week to week if needed.
Perhaps you have children that you’ve found are night owls and doing math early in the morning just doesn’t work well for them. You can adjust your school schedule so that they are able to do their best at a time that suits them and you.
The curriculum we use is nothing more than a tool to teach our children. The choices of curriculum can be overwhelming and finding one that fits your child will probably take more than one attempt. If you find that you have curriculum that doesn’t fit your child, get rid of it! It is not worth the long-term effects it may have on your child’s love of learning. If all else fails, you can create your own curriculum for little or no cost using the internet and your library card.
We can also be flexible in the courses we are teaching our children. If you have a child that has a talent for art or music, for example, your child can focus on polishing those talents while still covering the basics.
Perhaps you have a boy who really loves automobiles. You can use this interest as a springboard for nearly any course in your school, making learning fun and interesting for him.
We can also be flexible on where our classroom happens to be. This can be the sofa, the car, the kitchen table, or even a desk. However, you also have the whole world at your disposal starting right at your own backyard.
The Holiday Season
There is no better time to practice our flexibility than during this holiday season. This is a time that we tend to focus on family and gathering together. For some that means travel, for others that means hosting a dinner or even house guests. Being flexible is not always easy. Just as we’ve all told our children many times, “Focus!” we can remember to do the same by focusing on what brings us all together this time of year: the love of family, friends, and the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
By Lori Camper