What Building a Homeschool Is Like


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.

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