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.
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 have flexibility built into them as well. You can have any number of Terms and those Terms can be any number of 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.
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.
Because the app is built around flexible timeframes there are two pro tips we want to share with you right from the top.
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.