Homeschooling Flexibility in Learning: Spend More Time on Topics You LoveNov 6th, 2011 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: General Homeschool Posts
Customized Learning creates great home school experiences
Going to school most definitely does not mean spending more time on topics you love. Add in a dash of panic when classes seem to move too fast and those unavoidable comparisons to a better-performing student, and school can be downright nerve-racking. But with some flexibility, homeschooling can change everything for you.
Three of the biggest complaints students have about traditional classroom learning are boredom, panic and being judged according to the performance of other students. Teachers tend to cover material either too fast or way too slow. Unlike homeschoolers, kids who attend traditional school know that classes either move at a snail’s pace or lightning fast. Rarely are classes “just right”…moving at the perfect pace for every student. And being compared to know-it-all Madison in the second row? Yuck. (Sure, Madison does well on tests. But her mom is a teacher and her dad hired tutors before they left for France last summer.)
Homeschooling addresses all three of the classroom complaints heard by your fellow students everywhere: boredom, panic and those terrible “Why aren’t you doing as well as Madison?” moments.
How? Flexible learning.
This is one of homeschooling’s greatest advantages: moving exactly at the pace you need in order to properly learn a subject…or the pace you want in order to study a subject you really enjoy in-depth.
While there are any number of reasons for you or your parents to choose homeschooling, flexibility in learning is always towards the top. Whether you need a bit of extra help getting up to speed in chemistry, or whether you want to modify your curriculum to spend a bit more time on English classes because of a passion for writing, homeschooling offers the perfect solution.
The flexibility in learning you have as a homeschooler has other great advantages. Your parents can decide to put history aside for a week or two and allow you to explore other subjects. And there are so many more opportunities for flexible learners. One Bridgeway Academy family gives their daughter time off from homeschool class work every fall to visit family in China for eight weeks (take that, Madison!).
Flexibility also means pursuing your interests. Dancing, cooking, or an amazing musical ability can all become part of your school day. Transforming a love of guitar into an understanding of the impact Rock & Roll has had on society and culture makes social studies more appealing.
Haven’t you ever noticed? When things are fun, you’re more interested in them…and you do better.
Oh, and as far as Madison is concerned…she’s not doing too hot in Physics. Seems the class is moving too fast for her. But guess what?
She’s not bored anymore.
Now she’s panicked.
Do you think that flexibility in learning would make your classroom experience better?
Additional homeschooling posts:
Homeschool Teens: Feel Isolated? Tips and Tools for Social Success
Nearly every teen feels the need to fit in and be a part of a larger social community.
Six Easy Steps to Extraordinary Writing for Your Homeschooler
Diagramming, identifying sentence patterns, finding parts of speech .