One great advantage of homeschooling is flexibility. I can easily change what doesn’t work into something that would, and it’s oftentimes our schedule that goes through the most changes!
I just came up with an alternative schedule to the previous one I shared because I felt we were enslaved by the tick of the clock as we hurriedly moved from one subject to the next. Not a very good feeling at the end of the day!
The girls and I tried a different schedule this week and I asked them what they would prefer to follow next week, the old one or this new one. They both prefer to be on this new schedule,
where they spend a longer time in a subject (practically focusing on a subject most of the hours of the day).
6:00/6:30 – 7:45 am:
Mondays to Fridays – Bed, Bath, Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 am (We study as a group):
Mondays and Tuesdays – Character
Wednesdays and Thursdays – World History
9:30 – 4:30 pm (with lots of breaks in between,
Mondays – Math 7 and Algebra 1
(Arielle and Kayla do these on their own and I get to have more “ME” time, too!)
* While one is independently working on a subject, I help out the other in her subject:
Tuesdays – Science and Grammar
Wednesdays – Reading and Filipino
Thursdays – Civics and Christian Living
9:00 – 11:00 am – Music
2:30 – 4:30 pm – Statistics and Probability (for Arielle),
and whatever subject needs more time (for Kayla)
Sundays (on some Sundays, not every)
HELE / TLE or Art
I think being flexible also teaches our girls how to use the resources God has given them in the best way 🙂 In this case, it’s the wise and productive use of time. If we end up bogged down with this new schedule, we can always go back to Plan A or come up with something else!
The demise of The Comedy King, Dolphy, had me switching local tv channels yesterday to catch the latest update on this man. I was one of those “John & Marsha” babies and now that Dolphy’s gone, I feel that part of my childhood is also laid to rest.
So many things were said about Dolphy. All nice and good things!!! I’m not surprised. Isn’t it what death does to all? But last night, as I was watching and listening to the eulogies, I realized that this man gained a very important thing from all these people, whom he knew personally or are just mere fans or followers from afar.
They repeatedly praised and honored him for being: hard-working, loving, generous, down-to-earth, humble, a hero, a king, a national artist. But what struck me most is this. He was a RESPECTABLE man. People from all walks of life RESPECTed him. RESPECT was in his aura, wherever he went.
Now what has this got to do with our homeschooling, you may ask? 🙂 We are now learning the character trait RESPECT. Our book gives these meanings of the trait:
RESPECT – 1. v. To admire and have a high opinion of someone. 2. n. A feeling of admiration or consideration for someone that makes you take the person seriously.
I believe Dolphy is a very good example of what RESPECT is. He is RESPECT personified. He breathed it. He earned it. He deserved it.
I’d like to start off by saying that what I’m about to share is NOT mine. I received this from my email inbox and as I was reading it, it just felt like the author (Julie Bogart of Brave Writer) was able to put down in writing every grain of thought and ounce of feeling that I’ve had in the past! What she wrote just validated everything, and all the while, I thought I was not being normal; that I was the only one going through what I was going through.
I was happy and relieved as I was reading the email, slowly realizing that I was not alone and that there could be other homeschooling moms out there facing the same challenge and needing some help to set the right mood and put things in perspective in their homeschooling lifestyle. I hope these tips would help you and your family enjoy your homeschooling more and serve as a reminder that homeschooling is a blessing and not a burden 🙂
I hope sharing these tips with you will boost your confidence and help you feel better to start or continue homeschooling your child or children. Happy homeschooling!
Homeschooling isn’t all sunshine and rainbow. There are days when everything seem to look dark and gloomy, or things do not seem to go or work out as planned. Here’s a link I’d like to share on the challenges homeschooling moms are bound to encounter, and tips on how to deal with them.