It's almost time to get back to school. Four to six weeks from now and school starts. Except we took Jack out of traditional school last March. To home school him. Or unschool him.
Jack's mom (my wife) and I went into a Staples store the other day. Then we walked into the store next door. A Target store.
We found prominent displays in high traffic aisles in both stores. Displays of back-to-school supplies. Pens in packs of three. Single pens. Pencils in boxes, 12 to a box. Colored pencils. Loose paper, plain or lined. Erasers. Glue sticks, big or regular size. Rulers. Paper tablets bound with wire. Paperclips. Neon colored highlighters. Sharpies, regular and colors. Book covers.
Do we need a new book bag this year. Or is it a backpack? The kind you put on your back over your shoulders? Or the kind you pull by the handle and it rolls on wheels?
We don't need any of it. Nothing.
Benefits of homeschooling:
Less time spent shopping.
I highly recommend educating your child/children at home. Homeschooling.
Not only will your kids be better off. Be more successful. Smarter. More inquisitive, courageous and confident.
But you will Save Money.
Take that day trip you've been thinking about. Make it two days. You have more money now.
"Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy - these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another." - John Gatto