Jennifer and I both have full time employment. Yes, we work our small farm as well, but that is something we are having to work on “on the side” until it can produce enough income to change the fact that, for now, we both work.
Having both parents working requires their schedules to be off-set, unless one parent is going to work simply to pay a baby-sitter, which makes no sense at all.
While Jennifer works from home, she must be secluded and uninterrupted – which means I must be at home to tend to the children’s needs. The story is repeated around the globe – One parent gets home, the other goes to work. But this was causing Jennifer a lot of problems.
I have to leave for work very early in order to be home in time for her to be at work on time. Early enough that I left before the children were up. To spell it out – it meant that Jennifer was getting about 4 hours of sleep every day. Couple that with 2 children still at home with simultaneous nap times being the exception, not the rule – and she was going downhill – fast.
Homeschooling corrected this issue – letting the kids go to bed later and wake up later, so Jennifer could get a proper amount of sleep. For that matter – so the children could get a proper amount of sleep as well!
How we home school:
The question remained on exactly what we were going to do to teach our children. We knew that our family farm provided a multitude of opportunities. Rest assured, that you do not have to sit a child in a classroom and force information in to them to get them to learn.
You just have to be prepared to answer the questions.
Scientific matters abound in seemingly simple tasks such as cooking and gardening. And if you do not know the answer, be honest and say so! That provides a great opportunity to teach research! The next trip to the library or the Internet can help you answer the question AND let you show your children how to find out information on their own.
Math is everywhere – fractions and decimals for measuring in both construction and cooking, budgeting for grocery shopping, squaring out the corners of a new animal pen. All of them give you the chance to not only teach a skill, but provide the knowledge behind the skill as well.
I think you can see where I am going with this. However, we still felt a little unsure of ourselves. We were not really sure how to teach a child to read, or even if I could explain the Pythagorean Theorem, could I really explain why it works.
Because of those concerns, we reached out for a little help.