June 19

Flexibility is a virtue


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.


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