I’ve been seeing a big issue recently in the homeschool world that has been generating much discussion. D0 you homeschool through the summer, or do you take the summer off? I should qualify that schooling here is meaning official book and curriculum schooling. Not the ever day, life learning we should be teaching/doing continually as parents.
In one camp, schedules prevail, children need to be kept engaged, and free time often equals trouble. The other side finds school books packed up, kids running about on their own, and loads of free time. Both tribes have equally important reasons and facts by their side; both have equally important pros and cons.
As a homeschooler of 4 years and a mother of eight, I usually find myself in the schooling camp. But not because I abhor the “B” phrase (I’m Bored!), but because of a whole different demon. We have school during the summer because we have yet to finish our curriculum for the school year. In fact, I was asking around with my homeschooling friends, and this predominant theme began to arise. Most were teaching a modified “summer school” because they were behind. But then one friend asked, “Behind what? Who says you are behind?”
And I have learned, my justification for teaching my kids is not in the tests they pass, or the accolades they are given. Honoring my Father, who has set this task before me and called me to be faithful, is all I have to do. For the condition of my heart, and theirs is far more important than if they are the smartest child on the block.