The benefits of home schooling speak for themselves. I know, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. After home schooling my three sons K-12, my neighbor’s kids for four years, and now grandchildren, let me just say this: The building blocks of character training and the 3R’s stacked upon each other day in and day out create at last a masterpiece…a way of life I heartily recommend for other grandparents as well.
- The structure of everyone doing their jobs each morning gives me time to focus on projects for ministry or for my business. By lunch time we all feel productive. I need the structure as well as my littles.
- Evidence of learning new concepts, developing both knowledge and wisdom, blesses them…but it also blesses me with meaningful purpose in my life.
- Intergenerational learning fosters bonds and maturity in both the younger who model older siblings, and in the older teaching the younger. I know I still learn new things. I always share from my perspective. We all benefit from the arrangement.
Critics of home schooling bemoan the lack of socialization, never realizing that the home, full of all ages and all personalities, remains the primary classroom for rounding off the rough edges and errant ways of people rubbing shoulders all day long. No one escapes to catch a bus. We work out our differences. When children learn to cherish the family day in and day out, their ability to fit into society is guaranteed.
Over the years I heard many a bureaucrat “tsk tsk” the notion that home school parents protect their children. Yes, we protect them from drugs and gun violence, but what parent doesn’t want a safe environment for their children, especially when schools seem unable to stop mass shootings?
You may fault my spelling, but home schooling spells F-A-M-I-L-Y to me. Our littles range in age from 3 to 13, and we dote on each and every one of them. Grandparents enjoy a unique opportunity to participate in this process. Let me see…precious days with the littles or sitting with the gray heads at McDonalds each morning…I can’t imagine living any other way. It’s about producing a lasting legacy. It’s a lifestyle I heartily recommend.