Most of us don’t teach in our pajamas. Some homeschooling parents get very upset about the notion, thinking that we’re not taking educating our children seriously. Those particular parents make sure their kids are well coiffed, dressed as if they were attending school outside their home and don’t allow holey jeans during school hours. Hats off to you if you’re one of them. I’m just not.
I do like my children to be dressed appropriately enough that we could go out in public. I usually make sure Pumpkin has changed his clothes, put on his glasses, and combed his hair. Usually. As for me, well my mother instilled in me the need to be fully dressed at all times. I don’t usually leave my bedroom without being dressed head to toe. But she never drilled into me what I had to be wearing. The thing is if you’re going to be flexible, sometimes pajamas will still get worn. Inevitably your child is going to be barefoot for at least a few subjects every day. And occasionally said child will be wearing part of his lunch or breakfast through math or language arts.
That said, I’ve had a few pajama days. We actually planned these, like spirit week at public school, however sometimes the planning was spur of the moment. We’ve also had witch hat day, crazy hair day, and snorkel day where we wore flippers on our feet and snorkel masks pulled up on our heads. Why? Because Pumpkin loves it. I want him to think of school as fun, so I don’t mind throwing in a backwards clothes day, wear your favorite baseball cap day, or painted face day. I don’t mind taking the time to turn every subject into clues for a treasure hunt (though admittedly it is a lot of work) and I don’t mind encouraging the whole house to wear the same color. Sometimes it is the little things that make school fun. And I don’t want to look back on our homeschooling and think, “Gee, it was like public school in our house.” Some things will inevitably be the same. Pumpkin wanted P.E. to be school-like. He wanted a daily schedule. He does like having a chalk board. But everything else is up for grabs.