First, I have to confess that I prefer the term home education over homeschooling. I use the latter term more often out of habit and because it’s more widely used and accepted, but I think the former term is a better reflection of how we do things. We don’t try to recreate the institutional schooling experience; rather, we create a lifestyle of learning so that our children are being educated throughout the day and throughout their lives.
I’ve talked in the past about how that happens in day-to-day life, but here are some of the ways that Perry is involved in it:
- He often listens with the children to audio messages on history, worldview and philosophy, science, theology, logic and apologetics, and other topics. He follows up by initiating discussion. These play largely into the education of our children.
- The discussions often take on a life of their own and expand far beyond the topic at hand. He makes dates and dead people meaningful and memorable, rather than just lists to be memorized. He has a great talent for tying together people and events into a broader view of history which our children retain far better than I ever did, even though I was homeschooled.
- We discuss reading lists together and he assigns reading, especially for the older girls. He requests that they write summaries of the books that he has assigned. They understand that complying with these requests is not optional, in spite of the fact that they are often phrased as questions.
- He helps set goals, plan lessons and curriculum, and answers the questions that stump me (or helps us find the answers).
- He provides accountability for me and the children, important to keep all of us moving in the right direction.
- He provides me with impetus, encouragement, inspiration, motivation, a sense of humor, and chocolate. I find each of these highly helpful.
To sum it up, Dad might not sit at the table poring over a teacher’s manual, but he is highly involved in the education of our children. Those are just a few of the ways it happens in our household. How do the other 3 Dads stay involved with the education of the other 25 children? Find out!
Upcoming 4 Moms topics:
- Oct. 14th- Breakfasts (a Linky event – get ready!)
- Oct. 21st- Germ Warfare
- Oct. 28th- Questions for the Four Moms
- Nov. 4 – Crafts and homemade gifts (Linky!)