Helping Hands: Grandparents as Part of Your Homeschool
Vol. 114, Prg. 31–35 December 24–28, 2012
Whether your parents are academic types or not, chances are they have some field of expertise that they can share with their grandchildren. Find out how to encourage them to participate in teaching your kids, and hear specific ways other homeschool parents have done that on this week’s edition of Home School Heartbeat with Mike Smith.
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Complete Program: Listen to the complete program with Mike Smith, David and Valerie Monk, and Becky Butler.
David and Valerie Monk
David and Valerie Monk are the proud parents of five girls and six boys ranging from 3 to 26 years old. They have homeschooled since 1990 after Valerie decided not to return to her engineering career but to focus her efforts on educating and training their children. The three oldest daughters have graduated from homeschool, seven are currently homeschooled, and their toddler will keep them going for another 15 years! Because of their love of homeschooling, they have served on the AFHE Board of Directors since 1994 as Convention Directors where they have sought to share the joys and vision of homeschooling with other parents. In addition to his service at AFHE, David works as a research and development semiconductor engineer and manages to teach piano and several high school classes to his children.
Becky Butler is a veteran homeschool mom and grandmother who lives in the country outside Huntsville, Alabama. Since she met a large family as a child, she always wanted to have a lot of kids. Having seven children made for a very busy life, but now she feels busier than ever! Becky teaches in the local co-op and helps her children with her grandchildren from time to time, remembering how as a younger mother she liked to get away with her husband, Phil, or just go to the store empty-handed. The Butler family enjoys country living with Field Day in the fall, family gatherings, or just having a friend over to drink lemonade on the porch and enjoy fellowshipping around the Lord’s goodness.
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