School Hours

10 Feb

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

-Advertising homeschooling

-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!







Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Homeschooling Thoughts


6 responses to “School Hours

  1. Petra

    February 11, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Haha πŸ˜€ so right! I go out sometimes during school hours, and although I’m not “afraid” – I’m always “aware” of what people are thinking when they see us! I’ve found now that my boy is taller (and a little older) we don’t get as many curious looks, which is an interesting topic in itself.

  2. Angie Tester

    February 11, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Good points Tracey!

  3. Jen

    February 11, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I actually aim to be home by 3:30 so that we avoid all the crowds and (sorry to generalise) loud, sick kids. It’s so much fun having places to yourself πŸ˜€

    • Tracey

      February 11, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Ditto! πŸ™‚

  4. Kris N Bella Fraser

    February 12, 2015 at 1:49 am

    This is the reason we headed out of the door yesterday at 9:30am – excepting a nice quiet time – it was adult central everywhere – we went to our fruit and veg shop – only 2/3empty carparks……..? It is our favourite Abby comes up with slogans and the green grocer calls them out “yum yum yum in my tum tum tum” πŸ™‚ We went to the library – arggghh big w Hyperdome carpark was full – discovered it was toddler time πŸ™‚ Decided Wednesday sure is a busy day out πŸ™‚

  5. Jen in Qld

    February 16, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I have found that my closest library is horrible on certain days. I will get it sorted because we really need our regular library visits. But I do remember those days of fear before the HEU was created. Homeschooling didn’t seem quite legal back then. And I certainly didn’t have enough experience yet to confidently do a homeschool speech. Glad I can now.


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