One day last week, Monkey dressed herself in a headband, a cute skirt and ballet slippers with socks. She said it was the outfit she wanted to wear to school when she gets older. She seems to have the impression that she will eventually go to a school outside of our home. Whether or not that actually happens is up in the air, but for now it is not in the plan.
I’ve thought about why Monkey might want to have the school experience. I don’t think that she would enjoy getting up early every morning or homework or having a highly structured day. But what I do think she wants is the experience that goes along with traditional schooling, such as new clothes, school supplies and packed lunches.
When I was a child, there was a period when my mother made us wear “uniforms” every day. We had to wear polo shirts and slacks or skirts. Some days we even had to wear shoes. On those days we had a set time for school, lunch and afternoon activities. I think of all the days I can remember from school, those were my favorite.
This year I hope to provide a similar experience for Monkey. While my work schedule does not allow for a very structured school schedule, I think I can provide a similar feeling by providing her with some of the experiences of traditional school, such as school clothes and lunches. We are also going to choose “prizes” together for milestones in her school progress.
How do your children feel about homeschooling? Do they love it, hate it or prefer to be somewhere else? Do your children respond better while wearing a uniform or with a structured schedule?
How do you get your children excited for a new school year? Do uniforms help?