Homeschooling gives one the opportunity to train your kids to start and operate their own business. Just having that mindset early on can give them the greatest possible chance of launching a successful product or service. If you’re in the United States, you are in the best possible location to start a new operation, at least for now. Why not give your kids the tools they need to be a success? More on this later.
I’m staying with my kids in another city, and they are attending a music camp during the day. It’s been great to spend focused time with them. I’m able to interact with them in the morning, then work for several hours when they’re at the camp, then we have the late afternoon and evening to goof off.
The camp is directed toward vocal instruction, and they’re doing a concert on Saturday. I hope the kids appreciate the sacrifice it took on my part to do this.
In my last post, I discussed why flexibility from the standpoint of the student’s interests. Another point to consider is the parent can restructure the child’s schedule in order to address weaknesses that need correcting. Of course, any parent can and should do this, however homeschoolers have an advantage in this regard because how you schedule their time is really up to you.
One of the great aspects of homeschooling is the ability to change course quickly. You can alter the focus of what your child is learning without any reference to what your local school board thinks. You don’t have to ask permission of anybody.
I think it’s sad to see adults who are unhappy with their current careers, but don’t know what do to do to change it. Similarly, it’s disheartening to see people who have trained for a particular line of work, but need to make a change either due to market forces or due to the personal need to do something else.
Don’t be afraid to explore new areas of interest. Here’s what I do:
I go the library and check out whatever I can find on a topic that interests me. For some topics, you may need to narrow this down a little. Once you get the books or magazines home, you may decide not to read every one of them all the way through. But at least skim it.
Next, visit your local Barnes & Noble or Borders and see who is currently writing on the topic.
Point your browser to yahoogroups.com and see what email lists are devoted to your topic. If one looks interesting, sign up. It’s easy to unsubscribe if you change your mind.
And encourage your child to pursue their interest with the same diligence.
Homeschooling can be as “easy” or “difficult” as you want it to be. What makes it “difficult” for many familiies is the drive to fulfill someone’s ideas of what should be done. Give serious thought to what your values are. What do you wish to achieve?
I place a high priority on the love of learning and on discipline. If my kids have those two down before they leave home, I’ll be happy. Of course there are many particular books that I want them to read, and many facts I desire for them to know. But I want to train them to be adults, not (merely) walking encyclopedias.
I once read a short interview with a self-taught engineer. This guy was a subcontractor for Boeing, so he was no slouch. He believes that the difference between a novice and expert is ninety days. Of course, that means studying your brains out for those ninety days. He may have been optimistic about the time period, but I believe the principle is basically sound.