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C – CHOICES
As a full-time working mom, I am very grateful for the choices I have when it comes to homeschooling. I am thankful to live in a very relaxed homeschooling state, where there are not a lot of demands put on homeschoolers.
Today I want to discuss some of the choices that I am very grateful for as I homeschool our son.
Curriculum – I am free to choose whatever curriculum I want to teach our son. We do not have to adhere to any state guidelines. What I teach, and how I teach it, is up to me. This is huge because our son learns best with visual aids, which means we get to choose lots of on line curriculum to help our son learn.
Schedule – I get to choose when we do school. Since I am out the door early in the morning, I allow my son to sleep in. Most days he’s up around 10:30, somedays later. We have a standing agreement that all schoolwork must be done by 4PM, unless he is struggling and needs to wait until I get home to help him. I also get to choose what classes he does and on what days and everything is subject to change.
Free Time – I can give my son as much free time as I choose. Some days he earns more than others. Some days we “take the day off” and make the entire day free, with the exception of educational videos. My son loves to play basketball and when the weather is nice, he will spend hours outside. Who am I to say no?
Location – I get to choose where my son does his schoolwork. Normally, he is set up at the kitchen table, in plain sight as a lot of his schoolwork is online so we like to keep our eye on him. But he’s been known to pack up his workbooks and head off to a homework co-op at church, or to grandma’s house. We aren’t tied to a building or to a desk.
Grades – I get to choose what is graded and how it’s graded. Right now, we aren’t giving letter grades. Everything is pretty much pass or fail. We do quizzes in most subjects but no tests. Our son struggles with comprehension and we are taking things slow in this area so as not to overwhelm him. Next year we do plan to give grades, but I am thankful that what is graded, and how it’s graded, will be up to me.
Attire – I am thankful that we can choose to wear whatever we want to do school. While I encourage my son to put on clean clothes each day, he’s been known to wear his basketball jersey all week. I’ve been known to grade papers and do science projects in my pajamas. There is never any pressure to go “back to school shopping” because there really isn’t a need for a separate wardrobe.
These are just some of the choices I am truly grateful for as a full-time working, homeschooling mom. What choices are you most grateful for as a homeschooler?
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