While planning is essential for homeschooling successfully, so is flexibility. To continue with yesterday’s analogy that planning is knowing your destination and how you will get there, flexibility is being able to stop along the way and admire the sights, or being willing to take a detour. One of the greatest gifts of homeschooling is that you can change whatever is not working. Be it your curriculum, the order you do the subjects in, or where in the house you actually do school, all of it can be changed if you allow yourself the flexibility to adjust your mindset and look at homeschooling in a different way.
We started out homeschooling preschool by using Montessori methods and materials, but when that stopped being efficient and became a source of stress for me, I had to be willing to let go of my type-A desire to stay with Montessori. That was difficult because I had let myself believe that Montessori was the best, and the only thing I should be doing. Again, I faced agonizing decision-making when we found that participating in a Classical Conversations community wasn’t what we wanted to continue doing.
Don’t believe that a certain method is superior to others. It just is not true! The only desirable, effective method or curriculum is the one that gets done. It does not matter how many people rave about method xyz or curriculum abc. If it isn’t getting done because you can’t abide how the teacher’s manual is laid out, or whatever other reason makes your teeth grit and gives you a sudden urge to go hide in a closet, then it isn’t the method or curriculum for you. Just let it go. Do it!
Flexibility isn’t just about changing what you are doing or how you are doing it. It’s also about letting go of any expectation you may have had about homeschooling. Homeschooling does not have to be a replica of school. By learning at home, learning can happen anywhere and everywhere. I surprise myself by how much “school” we fit in during meals and car rides and how even a playtime with my youngest can lead to interesting conversations that involve a lot of learning.
Homeschooling does not require a special school room. It does not require expensive curriculum. It does not necessitate a set-in-stone schedule for each day. It does not even require you being home. There are so many different options for homeschoolers and that gives us all the flexibility we could possibly want.
This post is part of the Homeschool Essentials blog hop. Below are 9 of the 89 linked up. Visit one, or visit all; I am sure you will learn a lot!
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Nicole @ Journey to Excellence
Adriana @ Homeschool Ways
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Sarah @ Delivering Grace