I’m baffled by homeschoolers who fear leaving the house with their children during school hours.
School hours are the best hours to avoid the crowds!
Obviously, you don’t want to be leaving the house every day during prime learning time, but it doesn’t hurt to duck out now and again.
Most homeschoolers do it.
So what’s there to fear about leaving the house between 8 and 3?!
Well you could be asked why you aren’t at school by
nosy curious store staff.
That’s happened to us and it has nearly always started a discussion about homeschooling.
But there’s nothing scary about that.
Not a thing.
You need curious strangers for practising your “why homeschooling is great” speech.
People are generally positive and polite so there’s nothing to fear.
Nothing at all.
Also, when we’re out during school hours, I always give my kids the “Make sure you behave” speech.
Just in case.
During school hours, they are walking homeschool advertisements so I don’t want the general public thinking homeschooled kids are gorillas!
Thankfully we usually get positive comments about our behaviour.
In fact, one time we had a staff member at the Art Gallery come up to us and ask if we were homeschoolers.
Apparently our behaviour was so unlike the usual behaviour of children that she put two and two together and came up with ‘homeschooler’.
So really, being out and about during school hours is good for a number of reasons.
-Avoiding busy periods
-Practising our homeschool speeches
And let’s not forget….
-Avoiding school children.
Anyone who’s been to the shops or library around 3pm will totally understand!