So here is another installment in my #BloggingAtoZchallenge. The letter is “F”, which for me represents family, freedom, flexibility, faith and fascination.
First, “F” represents family. Our family is a lot closer than we were before homeschooling. My children enjoy spending time with each other and with us, their parents. Before we began homeschooling our oldest son was in the fifth grade and 10 years old. His friends preferred avoiding their own family at all costs it appeared; so they certainly did not want to be around our family either. Within about a month of beginning to homeschool, our oldest was becoming closer to his siblings – and especially his 4-year-old sister. It was an amazing transformation to watch.
Second, “f” is for freedom. We have the freedom to decide what curriculum to use. We also decide how often certain subjects need to be done. We can change curriculum when we see it absolutely is not working. If the day is too beautiful to stay inside or we just need a “mental health” day, I have the freedom to change the calendar. If we want to take off and go somewhere, we can. We can take a vacation when public school students are still in session. So ultimately, homeschooling provides all kinds of freedom.
We also have flexibility. We have the flexibility to set our start and end times based on our family’s own preferences or even a specific child’s preferences. If one of the children want to do a week’s worth of a particular subject in one day, he or she can do that. We also have the flexibility to decide when a child has mastered a particular concept.
Next, “f’ is for faith. In everything we do, everywhere we go and everything we study, our faith provides a key component in what we do. Our children know what we believe and have the ability to ask questions to see our faith put into practice. We pick textbooks that illustrate our faith and values.
Finally, when our children find something that fascinates them, they can choose to study that subject until they find out what they wanted to know. If something they read about fascinates them, we can choose to build a unit study about it. Also, the children have some flexibility to pick textbooks that capture their interest, imagination, or otherwise inspire them to complete the subject.
So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “F”? I would love to hear from you.