12 September 2010

the beauty of homeschooling

Unlike most families,
we are finishing up our school year this month.

Why, you ask?
Well, for several reasons.
1. "Fall" in southwest Florida (aka October,November, December)
is undoubtedly the nicest time of the year weather-wise.
We like to capitalize on that
and be free to enjoy the fleeting moments of nice weather while we have them.
Long walks, bike rides, mornings at the park...fabulous.

Summer, on the other hand, is brutal.
When the thermometer hits 90 degrees before 9am,
there's usually not a lot of incentive to be outside for very long.
And, in light of the fact that Sam gets dehydrated faster than you can say "hot and humid,"
we practically have to strap a water cooler to his back to keep him hydrated in that kind of heat!

2. This time of year, November and December especially, are stuffed with holiday activities!
Parties and Fall Festivals, excursions to the pumpkin patch and live nativities.
Instead of trying to cram school in there too, we will use the time to do some community outreach, bake some goodies and maybe create a lap book or two.

3. Because we can!
One of the most appealing aspects of homeschooling, to me, is the flexibility that it affords.
I love that we can study at 9am or 7pm,
in the sunshine or under a tent made of sheets and chairs.

That, my friends, is the beauty of homeschooling.


  1. Our home school schedule is a bit different too. We do not official start the new school year until October because September is almost always the most beautiful month of the year here in the North.

    With the long winters it seems like cruel and unusual punishment to keep them inside during this month!

  2. I think homeschooling sounds fun, for some of the above reasons. Enjoy your fall break :)


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