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12/27/2013 11:17:52 PM by: Susan Lyttek

I just woke up and realized I had a blog to post today. With Christmas week and preparing for company and Karl’s Eagle Court of Honor coming up on Sunday, I’ve been rather thrown off. But with homeschooling, that was one thing I actually liked. We never followed the traditional schedule.

Until Erik started taking college classes, we really didn’t do the school year. We didn’t take summers off. Instead, we had school ‘lite’ all summer to keep what they had just learned fresh. Over Christmas break, the boys were only allowed a couple of days off unless we went visiting family. And snow days? Nope! They didn’t get them. Yes, we have been cruel and heartless parents… Not.

They got days off and breaks when we needed them or scheduled them as a family, not according to the predominant calendar. Generally, we took vacations in September or October after everyone else had gone back to school. We enjoyed a little extra attention from our hosts or the tourist industry when they didn’t have the crowds. In addition, the reduced off-season costs didn’t impact our wallets as much.

The boys also liked being able to gloat when they knew their public and private school friends were in class, while they swam in tropical waters, learned to Segway off-road, or took an impromptu trip to Williamsburg.

Would they have liked having had all the days off that their friends had plus all the days off that we took? Sure. But school has to happen sometime. By doing a little, all year long and more on cruddy weather days, we could take advantage of beautiful weather or an incredible deal on a vacation and do either whenever we felt like it.

They also got surprise vacation days because of my schedule. Because I worked from home during their school lives, a deadline for me sometimes meant they found themselves allowed videogames on a Tuesday or the ability to sleep in to eleven on Friday.

So today, actually now in the wee hours of Saturday, I am off schedule. I should have had my blog post in hours if not days ago. But in terms of homeschooling, off schedule can not only be a good thing, it can be a blessing. And when I tell my grandchildren someday about the wonders of homeschooling their dads, I think the timing of it all will prompt the best memories.

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