What We Use To Maintain Schedule

September 28, 2015 0 Comments Technology, Lifestyle

Many homeschooling mothers begin the school year in September with high expectations. By March, however, we discover that we are behind schedule, and it's evident that our students will not complete their courses by the end of May. At that time, most of us react in one of two ways, both of which are equally unsatisfactory. Either we become so discouraged that we do not even try to rectify the situation, and just before Memorial Day we promote our students to the next grade, or we embark on an impossible program of ten-to-twelve-hour school days in an attempt to regain lost ground.
I think the major reason that we homeschooling mothers have problems completing the school year is that most of us are products of the public school system. When we were in school, if we were ill, we stayed home. When we returned to school, we took a note from our mothers asking the school to excuse our absences, and that was pretty much the end of it. The rest of the class had moved on without us, and no one seemed to worry that we might have missed vital information that would prevent us from being able to solve math problems for the rest of the year. Since our individual absences had no bearing on the duration of the school year, they were "no big deal."
Homeschoolers are unique in that each of our students comprises a class of one. If our students are absent, school stops until they return, and those days must be made up. While this arrangement does not allow our students to be "left behind," it does create another problem: for every day our students are not in school, the school year becomes one day longer. Thus we sometimes find ourselves with the dilemma of having a lot of unfinished lessons at what should be the end of the school year. Yet, this situation can easily be avoided by planning ahead.

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