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D – Direct Access
One of the things I enjoy most about being a homeschool mom is that I get to have direct access to things that I would otherwise have to jump through hoops to get in traditional school.
For instance, I get to have direct access to my child’s progress and grades. My daughter attends a public high school and their grading system isn’t always updated so I have to email teachers — sometimes more than once — to ask about grades/missing work and sometimes I don’t even get the courtesy of a returned email. With my son, I know exactly how he is progressing in every subject. Although I’ve chosen not to give grades in middle school, I have direct access to my planner which shows me where he’s passing and where he needs work.
Next, I get to have direct access to my child’s daily activities. Once I drop my daughter off at school, I don’t talk to her or see her again until she gets home. We may text real quick during the day, if there is something that needs immediate attention. With my son though, I pretty much know what he’s up to. Since I work outside the home, we have text “check in’s” almost daily. He asks if he can defer something until the evening, or tells me when I forgot to print out his math worksheets. I also have direct access to where he’s going on the internet at all times. I receive text alerts on my phone if he strays into the world of Minecraft when he’s supposed to be doing on line Math or Bible.
Lastly, I get direct access to resources. I love being able to browse the internet for free/low cost supplements to use in our homeschooling that can be instantly downloaded to my computer or our Kindle Fire tablet. I’ve downloaded many books for free which we have read, will read in the future. I love being able to make those choices directly myself.
If you are a homeschooler, what do you have direct access to that you love? If you aren’t, what is something that God has given you direct access to that is a blessing in your life?
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