Today I thought I'd talk about Family. About how important the family as a unit is to homeschooling well.
They come in all shapes and sizes. Big, small, loud, quiet, busy, sedate, of faith, not of faith. All shapes, all styles, all types. It's a goodly thing eh?
My family is hubby, wife, child.
His family is mom, son
My family is mom, dad(now deceased) and six children.. boys and girls.. now with respective spouses and their offspring.
We are all different.
My now family is quiet, stay at home, relaxed, faith believing folk. We like being together... reading, watching TV, doing animation, hikes, camping and such like. This life suits as well.
One of the things I love about my husbands' job (he's a pastor) is his ability to take his job on the road. So we can go on field trips and as long as he has a pen and paper, or his laptop he can still do sermon prep AND come with us as we experience new things, learning and growing as a family.
It's a good example to my son, to see his father enjoying these excursions as well, to see the importance his dad puts on spending time with family.
I know that not all families have this luxury. Many families have "on the job" requirements. Fields to work, papers to write, business to conduct, power lines to repair and what not. Every job is different with it's own needs. I know that we've had times when we wanted Dad to come with us but he needed to do a hospital call or a funeral visitation and such like. It's part of the job.
In situations like that though, Dad takes the time to ask us, so how was the trip, what did you like, what did you see etc. He shows an active interest.
It's so important you know? For both parents to be interested in what the child(ren) are learning and doing. It shows the importance of it all.
In what other ways are families important with homeschooling?
1. As a support for each other - if one parent doesn't get something, perhaps the other might. Or a way to weigh one curriculum against another etc.
2. Bounce ideas off each other - if wanting to build a catapult... dad might have the know how mom doesn't. If cooking a meal from a foreign country, mom might help cook, dad pick recipes and talk over interesting ingredients with a child more patiently than mom might and together a meal is created,
3. To spell each other off. Or to tag team events. To be the watch guard if one parent needs to take a break from the work of schooling and life.
4. To help with the clean up, to turn drudgery into family laughter and communication.
5. To learn how to show love for each other... it's the first place it all starts you know?