For many years, Seton lesson plans included a piece of paper—hot pink to catch parental attention—that reminded parents to “change the program to fit the child and NOT try to change the child to fit the program.” Today, the lesson plans often remind parents that they are proceeding at a pace that is appropriate for that age and grade, but that parents can feel free to accelerate or apply the brakes if necessary. Clearly, modifying a curriculum plan to suit an individual student’s talents and abilities is an essential benefit of home schooling, but just how accommodating should a wise parent be? Is there such a thing as too much customizing, and how do we know? Here are some simple ideas to help you.
Most homeschooling families are more relaxed over the summer. Dad flips burgers on the grill and the kitchen stays clean when meals are taken at the picnic table. Many moms—like me—find they need to convert some lazy days into school time to finish up the previous year, but most shorten the school day. All of us, however, are wistfully aware that vacation is too short, and we are planning for the upcoming year. Parents of preschoolers are especially anticipating the new academic year, and wondering when exactly is the right time to start kindergarten.