One of the advantages of homeschooling is the flexibility to try many different things. If something doesn’t seem quite right, we can change it up. And if that stops being right, we can change it again.
Sometimes, different seasons of our lives require a new take on homeschooling. As new babies come home and families grow, homeschooling a larger family may require some adjustment. Changes can occur during times of illness, financial stress, job change, moving to a new home, when long-term visitors come to call, and for a thousand other reasons, too.
Sometimes, trying something new is about seeing our friends having success with it, prompting us to try it, too.
Other times, trying something new is nothing more than that — trying just for the heck of it.
Change, and responding to change, is what homeschooling is about. It means we have replaced something outdated with something new, something tired with something fresh, something dull with something more intriguing. It means we are aware, we are growing, and we are opening ourselves to the possibilities that exist outside of our daily routines.
Change is good!
As homeschool parents, we must welcome change. We must progress and move ahead. We must accept the changes brought about by new seasons of our lives and respond with enthusiasm and vigor. It is only through change that even more extraordinary things can happen!
I sometimes meet families who have been purchasing the same curriculum, from the same company, and using it exactly the same way, for umpteen years. The students are clearly in need of change. And the parents cannot understand why enthusiasm and a thirst for learning has turned into boredom and resistance.
There is nothing wrong with using a product or a system year after year — as long as it’s still working. As long as learning is still happening. As long as it still satisfies a need.
Sometimes, a change is just a tweak. Other times, a more drastic change is required.
Reexamining the home education program at the start of every year is one way to determine if change is needed.
Attending a homeschooling event is another, as new ideas often surface, causing us to re-examine our own.
Asking a spouse, grandparent or close friend often uncovers the need for change.
Chatting with our children is perhaps the best way to gain new perspective.
I urge all parents to welcome areas of change in the homeschool and tackle them head on. Change does not signify failure. Actually, it represents success! The recognition that the program has moved beyond what it once was, and needs updating for the future, is something to celebrate!
To your success,
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