30 Days of Homeschool
I’m going to give 30 days (not necessarily consecutive) of homeschool ideas, all free (though some resources are like in-app purchases – some of it is free, but further resources will cost you). So here’s the first resource.
Day 1 – Liberty
You are free to homeschool!
The tripod of historicity, tradition, and religiosity are in your favor – parents are the best teachers, far excelling any others.
You are free — constitutionally, morally, religiously, and by legal precedent — to educate your children.
You are free! This is vital to understand. The methods that other schools (private, public, parochial, charter, even homeschool co-ops) use have no bearing on how you run your homeschool. But you MUST check with your state laws (a great, fast place to check is: https://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp?). In Indiana, there are practically no laws, so the sky’s the limit, which allows us to teach all kinds of great and fun things, any time, anywhere. If it’s not in the law, you don’t have to do it! You may get pressured (by family, friends, “experts”) to do something, but you don’t have to do those things.
You don’t have to use a particular curriculum. You don’t have to have a graduation ceremony or wear shoes, though you can do both, or just one of those. You can eat whatever, whenever, and whatever amount you like. You can wear a school uniform, or not. You don’t have to set up desks, but you can. You can have a one-room schoolhouse, or a one-house schoolroom. You can either take a current definition of education and use it, or you can define education how you want. The list of ways to individualize your experience is staggering.
Liberty is always a cause for rejoicing, but also a cause for concern. It sounds great at first, but soon one realizes that it’s not a picnic. What about graduating? Driver’s Ed? Car insurance? How are your kids doing academically? What do they really need? Who’s going to teach math, history, geography? How do I answer people’s questions, concerns and inquiries? There are tons of questions that, if we weren’t homeschooled, we’re simply not taught to answer – it’s all been taken care of by others. If one wasn’t homeschooled, the sudden weight of the totality of responsibility is unnerving, if not frightening. But you are free! It’s a great opportunity, but it also makes you 100% accountable and responsible.
To detractors, liberty is always a cause for anxiety. “How will people know if they’re trained right?” (this question always assumes that someone, other than the parents, is actually supposed to monitor our children). “Are they going to be taken care of properly?” (Again, assuming that parents aren’t adequate to take care of their own children all by themselves) Who will monitor the scholastics to make sure they have a good education?” Well…we the parents will be responsible. Because of liberty, parents have more than one way to educate their children. And there’s more than one definition of a proper education.
So take advantage of your liberty to educate in your own way, however off-beat or atypical it may be. But even if you want it to be typical, you are free to do that, too!