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Philosophy

Foundational Concept: Flexible Timeframes

Flexible Homeschool App is designed around the concept of Flexible Timeframes rather than specific dates on a calendar. Understanding the basics of this concept will help you get started with the app.

School Years

In many ways we already use the concept of flexible timeframes in our everyday homeschool life. For instance we think of a School Year as a flexible span of time. It can have starts and stops. And it’s not a specific period of 12 months. In our minds a School Year is a rather flexible concept.

Terms

Terms have flexibility built into them as well. You can have any number of Terms and those Terms can be any number of weeks.

Weeks

It is the idea of a week where our thinking gets rigid. We tend to think of a week as 5 consecutive school days or more specifically as September 3rd through the 7th. However, Flexible Homeschool App treats a week much more flexibly.

For instance, in the app, Week 3 is simply the third week you do school, not specifically September 3rd - 7th. So if you take two calendar weeks to complete Week 3 the app can handle it without any effort on your part because a week is consider a timeframe for flexible planning and execution not a rigid set of dates on a calendar.

Segments (Days)

When scheduling School Work in the app, the concept of “Times Per Week” is used (For instance, 3 times per week) rather than the actual days of the week (Mon, Wed, Fri) or dates on the calendar (Sept 3rd, 5th & 7th).

“Times Per Week” are presented as segments for the Week. Segments are roughly equivalent to days but do not have to be treated as such. For instance, you could do two segments of math on Tuesday if you had to get things done more quickly that week and the app just flexes around that reality.

Pro Tips

Because the app is built around flexible timeframes there are two pro tips we want to share with you right from the top.

First, when using the app to plan a School Year, don’t concern yourself with interruptions (potential sickness, vacations, etc). Simply insert the total number of weeks you intend to do school for each Term. You can start and stop school as needed—Flexible Homeschool App won’t even notice.

Second, when setting up School Work, you will be asked to enter General Instructions. Be sure to keep them general—that is—flexible. For instance, "Read three chapters a week” is always helpful. It doesn’t matter if you speed up, slow down or even stop schooling for a bit. It’s a general goal for every week.

Once you get going the flexibility of the app and the tremendous advantage that flexibility provides will become much more obvious, but it’s good to be familiar with these foundational ideas before you begin.