One of my friends used to work a security night shift. His job was to walk the perimeter on a semi-regular basis. Other than that, he sat in his chair and watched movies and played computer games and waited for the hours to tick by. His job required that he show up and little else.
Classrooms can be this way. Just ask my friend who recently survived a semester in a college course she didn't need. The professors required her attendance to get a good grade. "It was so pointless," she told me.
Homeschooling is efficient in large part because we focus on learning rather than how long our rears are in our chairs. We're not particularly interested in jobs based on frittering away time. We want to change the world. Plus, because Sonlight doesn't feel like school, we gladly work ahead at times.
In other words, as homeschoolers, we can focus on accomplishments over attendance. We're here to learn, not the pass time.
Conversely, if you need to take a little more time to make sure your student understands, you can. We don't have to drop everything when the bell rings and shift gears. We can focus on learning, not sticking to an arbitrary schedule.
Be encouraged as you continue the great work you're doing. May your accomplishments be a constant reminder that you made the right decision for your family. May your children continue to thrive!
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