For many Americans, summer vacation begins its transition into the school year in the first part of August. That time is now upon us. It's do or die time for the traditional public schools. Will they be virtual or in person? Will they combine the two approaches or will they force you to choose one over the other and stick with it? Will they have plastic dividers between the desks? Will kids have to wear masks all year? Will kids be kicked out of class for not keeping the mask on? Will they be allowed to play together on the playground? Will your kid be the one getting into even more trouble this year?
These are big questions that are actually being considered all over the country. For those of us who have not been impressed with the classroom teacher's portrayal of distance "learning," there are other options. Masks and partitions are not required at home. Dr. Fouci has yet to suggest we don goggles around the breakfast table. He hasn't mandated Plexiglas partitions on bunk beds so, for the time being, true homeschooling is the best option for many families.
There is a huge difference between distance learning and homeschooling. Distance learning puts your child into a system that has been designed by a school and a teacher for the sake of efficiency. It takes your child from step to step on a predetermined path, regardless of interest or ability. True homeschooling, however, builds a system around your child. It accommodates, and even promotes, personal interests. It's designed to challenge your child at his ability level and to push him even further.
Yes, homeschooling is a challenge. It's a sacrifice and it's a commitment, but you didn't have kids because it would be easy. You had kids because you want to shape the next generation by sharing your wisdom and experience. You want to impart your worldview to your children. You want them to be successful and happy. What better way to accomplish all of this than to design an educational plan with them in mind.
Homeschoolers exist all around you. Seek them out. Get plugged into the homeschool community. Learn from those who have gone before you. And if all else fails, contact me. I'm happy to help!