I’ve always been a homeschooler, going on 15 years now. My oldest son (15 yo) will graduate high school this summer, and my youngest son (3 yo) has already started drawing and coloring. Then there’s three other kids sandwiched between those two.
We’ve always been in the minority as homeschoolers. The cops even picked up one of my kids for being out doing his PE during the school day. They thought he’d run away from school. Of course, he did have on a backpack full of bricks for a ruck challenge. He was 7 at the time.
Now we’re in the majority. Just about every kid in the world is being homeschooled. Except it’s not really that. It’s school at home, but not homeschooling.
Here’s why- both the parents and the kids are missing out on all the FUN of homeschooling.
From what I’ve seen from my nephews and others, their school at home is not much more than a series of poorly conducted online meetups, bad Internet connections, faulty devices, and school systems completely unprepared for any type of crisis.
Here’s what homeschooling is under normal conditions:
- Free days, sometimes for no reason at all
- Field trips are the norm more than classwork
- Museums, battlefields, and parks
- No set schedules unless you want them
- Individual attention
- Creating lessons around your child’s interests, gifts, and passions
I wrote a book awhile back about some of the weird things we’ve done over the years. It’s free on Kindle for the next 5 days. Go grab it. I hope it helps you make schooling at home a little more fun for you and the kids during this whole crisis.
Homeschooling in the Weird
If you want to see some of the crazy stuff we’re doing during the new quarantine life, follow me on Instagram. I update often on there.
Dr. Dave, the guy that wants to make school fun, no matter where school is