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This is the first post in our Ask a Veteran Homeschooler Series!
A few weeks ago we posted on our facebook page and asked “If you could ask a veteran homeschooler any question what would it be?” We received a lot of questions and responses as well! For the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of these questions and try to answer them for you the best we can!
Disclaimer: Though I have been homeschooling for over a decade, I am not an “expert”, things change on a daily, monthly, yearly basis, and what may work for my family, may not necessarily work for yours and vice versa. This is the beauty of homeschooling!
How do you get your husband involved in school?
This is a good question and the answers can vary greatly! Please don’t take my word for it, these are just some suggestions that could be helpful in having a conversation with your husband.
Attend a homeschool conference or homeschool workshop together:
A Homeschool Conference can be a great place to introduce your husband to curriculum in the vendor halls and to listen to speakers on specific topics. A homeschool conference can be a great date weekend for you and your husband. Some of the bigger conferences even have child care and activities for the children while you attend sessions.
See if he can take a day off of work to go on really cool field trips:
One of our favorite things about homeschooling are the awesome field trips we get to go on! I am amazed at the discounts that school groups can get to places that would normally be very expensive for a family of 6 to visit. We have been to marine aquatic centers, alligator farms, zoos, historical museums, candy shops and even Legoland! We like to incorporate homeschool field trips into some of our family time activities. If there is a really good field trip coming up my husband tries to get a day off so he can attend with us as a family. This is a bonus because we are getting an educational school experience and family time in one!
Ask him to listen to the kids at the end of the day and go over their assignments with them:
I have one daughter who is a Daddy’s girl. She responds better with him and is my most difficult to teach. If she knows that she has to answer to her Dad when he gets home with what she did for the day she makes sure to get it done! They love to show Daddy their work every night after dinner. You can also use this time for family read alouds and use books you are reading for a specific curriculum.
See if he wants to help teach if his schedule allows:
Some husbands don’t have 9-5 jobs and work shift schedules or work weekends and get a few days off during the week. If your husband wants to be involved in helping you teach you can be creative with this according to his schedule. I know some families whose husbands want to do all the Science experiments with their kids so these can be saved for his day off. My husband loves to go over history with our highschooler so we reserve every Thursday evening for them to review History for the week or he helps him study for a test.
Maybe his way of being involved is sitting back and supporting you and how you teach the children:
Some husbands don’t want anything to do with homeschooling and that’s okay. Maybe they work long hours or extra jobs so that you are able to stay home and educate the children. Maybe they just trust your judgment and know that what you pick for them is the best thing. They may want nothing to do with math or phonics books and avoid gigantic curriculum halls like the plague!. Please know that this is okay. When they work hard so that you can stay home and do what God has called you to do they are being involved.
Stay tuned every Sunday for more answers to your questions!