There are still times when you have to watch the clock. If you have classes outside the home, groups like scouts, organized sports, etc., those things will dictate your schedule a little. But if the kids need to sleep in, you can do that. If your child is fascinated by his history project and wants to go past the allotted time, you can do that. If your child can’t focus on study in the daytime but somehow manages in the middle of the night, you can even do that (I’ have a friend who homeschooled at 2 am).
Please understand that some parents need to run a pretty strict schedule. Some spectrum kids need that to thrive. Even within a strict framework, the most adaptability will be provided by a homeschool situation. My son has to know what is next, he likes the idea that we’ve assigned a certain amount of time to each subject, but whether we start at 8, 9 or even 11 is up to us. And he does occasionally get sucked into a project and doesn’t want to leave it. I just adjust the day accordingly. No public school could equal this and that’s not their fault. How do you offer a real flexible day when you’re teaching hundreds of kids? It isn’t possible.
For this reason, the children that need a truly flexible day are homeschooled. Child stars usually homeschool or school by tutor. Child athletes are also homeschooled and it’s no wonder. I have a friend whose boys are both heavily into gymnastics. They drive a hundred mile round trip five days a week to work out. Some of their teammates go to regular school, but the schedules they maintain are tremendously stressful. They do homework at the tables around the gym on their breaks. At least two of those teammates have had stress reactions bad enough to make them sick. Danielle’s* kids are not that stressed out. They don’t have homework and if they need to sleep in to get enough rest, she just lets them. If they don’t start school until 10, that’s no big deal. She still gets everything done that they need to for school AND they get play time too. With the requirements of their gymnastics, they simply wouldn’t get as much rest or kid-time without the homeschooling.
The clock can be a cruel master. Someday our kids will have to wake up to one, may punch one of the time varieties, and certainly they will worry about getting to places on time, but for now they need to have a childhood, and that’s much easier when the clock isn’t ordering them around.
*not her real name