A Schedule Free LifePosted: March 26, 2014
Homeschooling is life without a schedule. There’s no rush out of house in the morning. No be at school or the bus stop in the afternoon. No silly early dismissal days.
Every day is just you and the kids. And…something. It’s up to you what the something is.
Does this excite or terrify you?
Yesterday we needed to buy some potatoes from the grocery store because the ones I thought were still good had gone moldy. It was a bright sunny day, if a little cold owing to a fresh ‘sugar snow’, so I figured we would make a bike expedition out of it. It seems a little silly to spend $3 in gas and mileage costs just to spend $2 on potatoes. On the way back, we stopped and hiked along the river running through the center of the town south of us.
We saw a decent flock of mallards contentedly quacking to each other. We watched a couple pairs of Canada geese squawk over territory. I showed the goblins the first sedges and violets coming up. Or perhaps they never quite froze back over winter. It’s hard to tell when everything else around them was brown as can be.
After lunch we watched a couple more episodes of BBC’s Planet Earth series. The girls and I decided “bird’s nest soup” sounds disgusting.
Later on, my oldest told me we’d forgotten school time. I asked her about what we learned today and she slowly realized that ALL of it had been school time. Education is so much more than learning facts. It’s about observation, learning and appreciating our place in the world. Even the simple lesson that it’s silly to spend $3 in gas and mileage to buy $2 of food will, I hope, pay dividends in the future.
None of this was on the ‘schedule’. I’m in the minority (I think) of homeschoolers in that I eschew a formal curriculum. I have goals for all three kids, but the day-to-day is all about capitalizing on opportunities presented to us. Yesterday was cold but sunny, so we combined an errand with a field trip. When warmer weather comes, I look at the weekly forecast and pick the most likely day for a longer field trip, typically to the state park pictured on the header image.
An unstructured life has great appeal to me, but I know plenty of people who it would terrify. How do you react?