TIME TO COP A SUMMER 'TUDE
by debbie harbeson
When I was
a kid, I looked forward to summer. Summer meant colorful flowers, warm
weather and swimming. But most of all, summer meant no school. I was more
relaxed. I felt less pressure. I felt free.
When I first
began homeschooling, I looked forward to summer. Summer meant colorful
flowers, warm weather and swimming. But most of all, summer meant no school.
I was more relaxed. I felt less pressure. I felt free.
I realized I didn't feel the same way about summer. I wasn't more relaxed.
I didn't feel less pressure. I didn't feel a change in my sense of freedom.
Our homeschool had become relaxed the entire year.
As I watched
my kids and read books about education and learning, my sense of what
a homeschool should be changed. I saw that during the summer months, my
kids did not stop learning and exploring. As a matter of fact, they seemed
to learn better when I relaxed and got out of the way. I didn't think
about whether it was "school" time or summertime. I held on to the attitude
of summer the whole year. I let my kids have more freedom to explore their
interests like they did during the summer. We just lived the pattern of
our life, learning naturally.
are making the change to school year round. Our family decided to make
the change to no-school year round. You can too. Relax and watch your
kids this summer. Jot down what they do. Read some books on education
and learning. Then let that attitude of summer relaxation penetrate your
mind throughout the entire year.
summers are still different because the world around us is different.
Not just the weather, but also other kids are around, and activities are
planned in order to accommodate the kids in institutional schools. So
we will never get away from that, but your attitude can remain the same.
summer 'tude all year long. You don't have to get uptight. Follow your
own schedule and your own child's pace. That's your advantage as a homeschooler.
I hope you
end up with the problem I did: finding it harder and harder to answer
the question of when school is out for the summer.