Psychology Today blogger, Laura Brodie, decided to give her daughter a break from the school routine:
Many lifelong homeschoolers will wince at the thought of short-term ventures. For them, homeschooling is a way of life, not a year off. The potential benefits of home education (strong family ties, increased academic achievement) develop gradually over time, and the first year of homeschooling can be especially hard-not an ideal sampling of the complete experience.
When Julia and I embarked upon our year of homeschooling, I thought we were doing something strange and rare, and so I was surprised at all the families I met along the way who were trying, or had tried, similar experiments. Their reasons ranged from a desire to supplement a public school’s curriculum, to the need to escape a persistent bully. And then there were the families who simply wanted to enjoy more unhurried time between parent and child.
One of the beauties of homeschooling is that each family can define what it means, and how it looks for their family. The cliche applies – you see one homeschool, you’ve seen one homeschool.
Brodie’s blog, Love in a Time of Homeschooling (also the title to her book) can be read here.