We’re just a couple of days away from starting year two of homeschooling and I’m getting excited. I must admit that I’ve enjoyed our break but I am ready to get back to it. We do school year round, six weeks on and one week off. We do three of those, have a two week wrap-up/review, and then have a three week break. Forty weeks in all. We schedule the longer breaks to fall at Christmas and then one for summer at the end of June. Seems to work pretty well.
I was ready for the break at the end of the year but I was also dreading it. We live in a state that requires yearly testing and I wasn’t looking forward to it. I like to say that the tests don’t matter. I’ve read all of the stuff about testing not really being a good way to judge learning, narration trumps it every time. Plus, I can just watch my son learning, I can see him picking up the information and then start to use it. I’ve seen him grow immensely over the past year, seen him start to enjoy learning in ways that he didn’t used to. I know homeschool is working.
But I also know that most of society sees homeschool as some aberration. We’ve been lucky and most of the people that we’ve told about homeschooling have been kind about it. Some have even commented that my son is very lucky to have parents who would put in that much work for him. But I know that isn’t the majority opinion. I’ve read a lot of things online. Many think of homeschoolers as fanatics. Some think we are doing our children a disservice. A few even go so far as to call homeschooling abuse. These are the same people who have bought into the system that I homeschool to get away from. And they believe in the standardized test. Continue reading