What are your kids learning lately? Whether they’re changing diapers or the oil in your car, home is a great place to learn life skills! Hear more on today’s Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Farris and homeschooled student Lydia Ware.
Lydia, last time we talked about how homeschooling gave you academic flexibility, and you discovered a love of history. What other sorts of things have you learned as a homeschooling student by participating in your family’s daily life?
Mr. Farris, something that I find really impacted me in being homeschooled is that I get to experience living. I don’t have to learn about the things that I’m going to need and know in life; I get to experience it in the real thing. I get to apply it in a real situation—from shopping and comparing prices to training kids and balancing bank accounts. I get to learn it by doing it. Being a part of a big family, getting up early, and getting the morning going, helping with five different grades of school, keeping the house clean 24/7, making meals, not to mention learning how to care for a screaming baby, make dinner, and keep the toddler busy and out of mischief all at the same time, is a huge part of living! Which, for me, is awesome because that is what I want to do with my life—raise kids and be a stay-at-home mom, and everything I need to be learning is right here at home, and I’ve already been doing it all my life! In the end, I may not be able to tell you all there is to know about calculus, but hey, I can run a household!
Lydia, that says so much—all you can do is pronounce a benediction and say, “Good job, Lydia.” I’m Mike Farris.