Homeschooling…

We homeschool our children. Not for religious reasons but rather because we can provide a better education than the public school system. Homeschooling eliminates the problem of the bad socialization that goes on at public and private schools. Most of all we love being with our kids, doing things together, watching them learn and grow. We have about four to six hours a day of structured schooling but it doesn’t end there. Everything we do is learning. There is no out of class because our whole world is class. More over, almost every ‘subject’ we do crosses many topic boundaries rather than having a narrow specialized focus.

An example is a project we’re working on right now. Will designed and built a cable trolley, a zip-line, for one of his school projects last year. This combined research materials and parts, math, drafting, engineering, photography, learning to use a drill press and other tools, report writing and learning about the irritative process of invention.

This week we’ve been cutting a new path through the woods at the top of the north home field near their tree-house to give the trolley a new home. I do the heavy work, chain-saw, tractor and such but Will and Ben have done much of the rest, clearing brush, leveling, raking and seeding the soil so it will be a clear path below the 125′ long cable. It isn’t quite done yet but they got their first rides, a small thrill and reward along the way as they tested the new location. Much better than dry calculations or building one more tie rack in woodshop. Life is an adventure and we’re not going to miss a moment!

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2 Responses to Homeschooling…

  1. Amanda says:

    I know this is an OLD posting, but I was just reading through bc i love your blog! =) I live out in southeast Indiana on a mini-farm, where we raise 50-200 pastured chickens annually (when we do it).
    I was homeschooled my entire school life, and I like how you mentioned that you didnt like the bad socialization at public schools- people always think that homeschoolers arent socialized and that p.s. is better- i beg to differ!

    either way, just wanted to say “hurrah hurrah!” =)

  2. Farmerbob1 says:

    Walter, I hesitate to say this, but your first paragraph here needs some work, especially since it’s about home schooling.

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    “Not for religious reasons but rather because we can provide a better education than the public school system, it eliminates the problem of the bad socialization that goes on at at public and private schools and most of all we love being with our kids, doing things together, watching them learn and grow.”

    This is a rather long sentence. I’d break it up into two or even three sentences. At the very least, ‘on at at’ needs to be reworded.

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    “We have about four to six hours a day of structured schooling a day but it doesn’t end there.”

    This sentence should be reworked to remove one of the two instances of ‘a day’

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