It is amazing to look back nearly 45 years and see what inspired a mother to make what was then considered a radical choice- to homeschool her children. Patricia Heidenry’s article for the New York Times from 1975 –Home Is Where The School Is – is an interesting and inspiring and still relevant read.
It’s easy to forget life skill lessons when we are busy considering what mathematics curriculum to use or how to improve a child’s reading comprehension. The lessons of daily living- cooking, cleaning, laundry, yard-care- also teach important skills and help develop positive character traits. What life skill lessons are you intentionally teaching your children this year? Adventurer Club honors can add a little fun to those life skill lessons – Click here -> Household Arts.
“Parents should search the Scriptures with their children. They should become familiar with the lessons themselves; then they can assist their children in learning them. Every day some portion of time should be appropriated to the study of the lessons, not merely in learning to mechanically repeat the words, while the mind does not comprehend the meaning; but to go to the very foundation, and become familiar with what is brought out in the lesson. The indifference of the children, in very many cases, is chargeable to the parents. They are indifferent, and the children catch the same spirit. If parents show that they attach importance to the Sabbath school, by giving it respect and prominence, the children will generally copy their example.”
Counsels on Sabbath School Work – 53,54
We don’t talk enough about homeschooling fathers. Nor inspire or encourage them enough, especially since most of them must leave the home each day to provide for the family. Fathers, add these links to your summer reading list, and be reminded of the important role you play in your children’s lives.
“Children need more of their fathers and fathers need more of their children.“The first sentence of Gary Wyatt’s article is so true! The habits that Wyatt encourages homeschooling fathers to develop are timeless.
It is a challenge for a working father to stay closely involved in homeschooling his children. The title of Sarah Toney’s article, Involving Dad: Tips for the Working Father focuses on Dad, but her tips also give Mom some work to do. A great read for both parents.
The late Chris Klicka has left a lasting spiritual legacy in his Top Ten Tips for Homeschool Dads article. He was a lawyer for the HSLDA at the time of his death, which gives the foundation for his 10th tip. His tips are ones that Christian homeschooling fathers should read and re-read often.
Homeschooling Fathers: How Dads Can Help Struggling Readers gives 5 ways a father can help his children with reading. You don’t have to wait until the school year starts to implement these tips – now is a great time to start.
“The effort to make the home what it should be—a symbol of the home in heaven—prepares us for work in a larger sphere. The education received by showing a tender regard for each other enables us to know how to reach hearts that need to be taught the principles of true religion. The church needs all the cultivated spiritual force which can be obtained, that all, and especially the younger members of the Lord’s family, may be carefully guarded. The truth lived at home makes itself felt in disinterested labor abroad. He who lives Christianity in the home will be a bright and shining light everywhere.”
The Signs of the Times, September 1, 1898.
“I cannot see why we should not the more earnestly try to bring the peace of Christ right into our family than to labor for those that have no living connection with us; but if we have religion in the home, it will extend outside of the home. You will have it everywhere. The heart of the community, of the church, and of the nation is the household. The well-being of society, the success of the church, the prosperity of the nation, depend upon home influences.”