I have noticed over the past couple of weeks how many looks I get when I say that I home school our kids when we’re out and about running errands that have to be done during the day when kids are normally “in school.” I am totally amazed that people assume that home school kids have to have the same schedule as kids who go to a regular brick and mortar school.
There is NO WAY in the world that I could schedule when I teach my kids to a time frame. Not with having my husband and father-in-law running a home business, and me having to pitch in as needed. Plus let’s not forget, I have no idea when I’ll have to run into town to do errands. Plus let’s not forget, life is a lesson all in itself.
I do my best to find a way to teach my kids something when we’re out and about all the time. I’m pretty amazed by how well they do learn things. They have been doing remarkably well at learning things at their pace and excelling far beyond what I imagined they would.
We do manage to get it all done, but I get tired of having people try to judge me because they are not going to school 7-3pm Monday-Friday. Unfortunately, there is no way I could do it like that even if I wasn’t having to stop what I’m doing to run errands or handle some type of family issue or domestic task. The reason for that is because I’m teaching three kids all at different levels education.
I must say I’m proud of them because they learn a lot of things on their own by reading their textbooks and doing the workbooks that go with them. Plus I also find technological ways for them to learn things as well. They are like little sponges and soak it all in. I just have to review the material, and 9/10 they already have the stuff down pat. I’m quite blessed with kids who want to learn and love being home schooled enough to want to do their part. Yes, there are days when they don’t feel up to it, but they still push on even then (even if it is in a bit slower manner.)
Do you get a lot of “judgmental looks” when you take your kids into town during normal “school hours”?? It drives me crazy because you know what they are learning things that will definitely help prepare them for life even when we are running errands.