Homeschooling Breaks and Being Flexible

I could list a gazillion reasons why I’m so glad we are homeschoolers. But the one reason that always appears close to the top of that list is flexibility. Flexibility to learn at our own paces, flexibility to practice any spiritual beliefs that we may have, flexibility to do our spelling curriculum before we change out of our PJs if we want, and the flexibility to not do school on the days when it works out best for us, rather than when it’s best for a school board. Yep, flexibility is beautiful thing.

Planning our breaks throughout our school year is awesome. We take our annual beach vacation in April before school systems let out (This generally cuts way down on the number of people visiting the same destination as us, plus it’s cheaper. Cheaper is always good!) and because we do so much during the winter holiday season, we take off from Thanksgiving until New Years. This affords us the time to visit wide spread family, do volunteer work with our Scouts and our homeschool group, and to simply enjoy the holiday season together without any school pressure.

What are some of the ways you appreciate the flexibility of homeschooling?

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Helping Our Children Pursue Their Passions!

Helping Our Children Pursue Their Passions!

One of my biggest goals as a mother is to help my children discover their passions and purpose.  I have found that education will take you so far but passion will take you even further.  How do we discover what we’re passionate about?

  • Start a notebook! Begin writing down all the things that energize you.  There is no way to do this in one sitting and it’s an ongoing, life-long process.  As your child starts to list those things you should begin to see a pattern.  Where does he or she like to spend their time?  Is it with people, privately working on a hobby, exercising?

  • Take a Strengths assessment using Strength Finder 2.0 and discover your child’s top five talents.

  • Involve your child in a variety of activities and see where they shine!

As you begin to discover your child’s passions you will quickly begin to find their PURPOSE!

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