It’s About Time!
We all know homeschooled kids like these (and they come in all ages): Grace plays the cello, guitar, piano, and drums—and makes jewelry too.
Greg does woodworking, collects fossils,
mows lawns, and fixes bicycles. Holly is
in drama, bakes and sells bread, grows
her own garden, and visits elderly neighbors often. Eric is an Eagle Scout, works
in political campaigns, raises tropical fish
for sale, and plays basketball. Mom volunteers at church, helps her homeschooling friends with curriculum, works part-time from home, and sews beautiful
quilts—all this while still maintaining
excellence in academics as well.
How is this possible? It’s about time. It
is because homeschool families have ample time for academics, hobbies, volunteer work, artistic pursuits, and job opportunities. They have time on their side.
They are not bound to someone else’s
governmental time clock and mandated
work assignments. They are free to learn
and be and do.
One of the first things I noticed in
homeschooling my children was that the
academics didn’t take up as much time as
I thought they would, and we were able
to do a lot of additional productive, fruit-
ful, and creative activities both inside and
outside the home. We would go on many
field trips, visit with people in the com-
munity, volunteer our time, learn new
have ample time for
volunteer work, artistic
pursuits, and job
skills, or try an outside class. We could
travel, we could spend time with extend-
ed family, and we could take breaks when
there were emergencies or illnesses or
other circumstances in our lives that pre-
vented the regular routine. All because
we had time to make up the academics
or pick up the interests where we left off.
There was no time pressure, from within
or from without. We experienced life on
a much grander scale than that offered by
a confined classroom setting, and instead
of being herded around, we wandered
from one learning adventure to another
to our hearts’ content.