Maybe it is because my family is simultaneously cleaning out clothing and our homeschool room, but I have been struck by how similar the two are. In fact, I have come to believe that creating and maintaining a homeschool maybe a lot like building a wardrobe of clothing.
- Both homeschools and wardrobes require space and some organization to maintain order.
- Organizational tools abound for both.
- Regular purging of unused materials/clothing is necessary.
- Seasonal sales and purchases occur for both.
- Both homeschools and wardrobes reflect the individuals.
- Family preferences are evident in both.
- Choices are prevalent, but you don't have to have it all to have sufficient resources.
- There is much freedom and independence in both homeschools and wardrobes.
- Don't like something, or something doesn't work, then change it. It is true for both.
- Mix and match of styles is permitted.
- Layering of clothing/resources to suit a particular need is acceptable.
Growth Necessitates Changes
- Outgrow something like curriculum or shirts and you can easily find someone to take it off your hands.
- New materials/clothing are needed as a child grows and develops.
- Lack of growth can indicate a problem.
Responses to Choices
- Children are much more likely to wear/use/read something if they are part of the process of choice.
- When a child understands the importance/relevance of using/wearing something, they are more likely to comply.
- Sometimes, you just have to force the issue and mandate obedience to a rule.
One Last Thought ~
Classics are classics for a reason. Some items/styles/choices/resources/books are timeless. They have stood the test of time and are applicable for any time or culture.