The Freedom of a Homeschool Schedule

Guess what? Grandma and Grandpa are here! And since we haven’t seen them in a little under two years we are making the most of it! Toss the books aside? No, no. We’ll just alter the schedule a bit. Make sure we get our math in. The older ones are still reading elections selections. We’ll keep up with current events. High schooler is gearing up for NaNoWriMo. But mostly we will…

Go on plenty of field trips. Like the local pumpkin patch. We’re gonna take in some fall leaf views too.

1. Grandma and Grandpa | 2. about 3 hours of Monopoly | 3. The three Rs before lunch | 4. Hodgepodgedad is taking time off and boy are we glad!

Because Grandma and Grandpa are some of our best audience when it comes to homeschooling. Many a unit celebration they have been subjected to at Thanksgiving. So there is talk and some work on projects for that.

And we are having Thanksgiving early with them. On Election Day! A perfect time to celebrate all we’ve been learning in our Tapestry of Grace and Elections studies. (Middle Girl is working on a George Washington display board above).

But mostly, mainly, with this altered homeschool schedule you will find us just enjoying! We’ve been clipping along since the last week of July without an official break really.

1. Fabulous fun with Nana’s Acrylic Fall Trees Tutorial | 2. Not a mud pie but a mud ‘cupcake’| 3. Post pumpkin patch and our selections made it to the front door step | 4. late afternoon golden sunlight on garden zinnia

And, as you fellow homeschoolers know, if you give homeschoolers a break, they are going to find a way to learn some things anyway. Often, a week off from a regular schedule helps us discover a new way of learning or a new subject to concentrate on.

We know how blessed we are with grandparents that are interested and involved in our homeschool. And we are going to take full advantage over the next week and a half – and enjoy!

Many thanks to our Friday hostesses!

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Do you act like homeschoolers and alter your schedule often? Do you take a break from the regular to just enjoy family in town? Or what freedoms do you enjoy with a homeschool schedule. Click to comment…

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.


  1. Oh, what a happy, happy week! Yes, we often find that we must take a few days off of our regular schooling to do it in a different way, like field trips, and unit celebrations. Can’t wait to try out Nana’s tutorial!
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  2. Tricia — I think this is just wonderful. I’ve been seeing the Instagram pictures and thinking what a great time you are having. Grandparents are a HUGE blessing. Your post makes me miss my mom and dad, but we will be seeing them in January, so pretty soon. :-)

    Enjoy your weekend!
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  3. Phyllis – your homeschool is a perfect example of a schedule meeting needs and taking advantage of field trips – and the season! Mary – oh grandparents are a wonderful blessing. I know you are counting down the days until January!

  4. One of my most favorite things about homeschooling is flexibility! I hope you guys have a wonderful time enjoying the company of Grandma and Grandpa!

  5. Enjoy those precious moments. Have a wonderful visit. I agree. Homeschool is wonderful for so many reasons. This not the least of them!
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  6. What a great week! 2 years is a long time! Enjoy every minute with them! I love the fall trees! They’re beautiful!
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  7. I just got this in my inbox this morning…what a great glimpse into your family. Such a joyful week filled with so many good things. I hear you rejoicing. :)
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  8. The flexibility is so wonderful, isn’t it! It helps during good times (like visits with grandparents) and bad (like sickness or our mini basement flood this week). Looks like a great week and fabulous memories.

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