Homeschooling on the Homestead

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Having a self-reliant attitude toward living includes home schooling. Many families choose to homeschool to have more control over their child(ren)’s education. This gives families flexibility to for other activities. Many families find that home schooling their children fits into their lives better.

Children still have regular duties on the homestead as they help with growing crops, cleaning, and any other duties that help with maintaining the homestead. Another reason to use the homesteading life as part of the school as the homestead is a school on its own.

Parents agree that spreading the schoolwork throughout the year gives more time for learning other skills to help with the farm. It gives a natural structure with paced learning.This also provides opportunities to learn more from lessons not typically taught in the classrooms, but from experiences. It’s almost as if the children are receiving double lessons; basic education in the home and self-reliant skills/experiences on the homestead.  In fact, homesteading children typically learn more about the natural world and sciences. They’re learning about nature, how things grow, different types of soil, how to control climate, raise animals, and many other lessons by living on the homestead.

 

First grade is generally the hardest as you’re trying to figure out the best schedule for lessons while still maintaining the homestead. Sometimes parents struggle with fitting in lessons with the time they have. However, it’s okay if you cannot fit them all. There are different ways of teaching through everyday experiences, especially since homesteading teaches new skills anyway.

 

Homeschooling parents also enjoy the privilege of learning with their children as it allows the family to stay connected. While the children become students, they’re doing their schoolwork alongside other family members fulfilling their chores. So, they’re receiving additional lessons while completing homework just by being present.

 

A family that sells fruits, vegetables, or livestock from their homestead teaches their children about running a business, a lesson that is learned hands on. They’ll have early knowledge about how to make sales and keep up with demand. Entrepreneurship is a great way to become self-reliant as you’re not waiting for a paycheck. Instead you’re going out to get it yourself and children see this. They understand early how important it is to take control of their own life and possibly influence them to start their own business.

 

One of the biggest struggles is finding the time to home school since there are many chores that need to be taken care of to maintain the homestead. Definitely try to stick by a schedule for both the home and homeschooling. Devoting too little time can end up hurting the homestead and prevent your kids from receiving a proper education. Be sure to record learning hours so that the child is on track according to your state’s requirements.

 

You may feel burnt out after a while, but remember why you choose to homeschool in the first place. To have more control over your child’s education and provide a safe learning environment.

 

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