This week I was the annual Homeschool Convention for our state less than 3 miles from our house ( https://www.chois.org/
Yesterday, I was able to give our children a modest budget and bring them to the used curriculum fair. To keep us unified and color coordinated, the girls managed to wear pink or red tops with jean skirts and the boys wore yellow button up shirts & jeans. They all found great deals and even managed to bring home a little change.
Today, I went to a couple workshops and I wanted to share notes from Michael Farris, founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Fund ( http://hslda.org/
) Michael is a happily married father of 10 and has been a homeschooling advocate with HSLDA since 1983.
The workshop was entitled "Homeschooling Large Families." There were many practical tips shared such as:
- It's okay to take shortcuts - like using paper plates
- Use your answering machine - protect your family from time stealers
- Carefully choose your curriculum - it's most important to have a sane mother
- Delegate Authority - give children responsibility
- Have an outlet for metal respite - walking, sewing, reading, swimming, etc
- One size of education doesn't fit all - children vary in learning styles
- 1-on-1/2 time is very impactive - Michael would take a child to Sat. breakfast
One of the most profound statements, to me, that was made during this workshop was 'You're not raising children....You're not raising adults...YOU'RE RAISING PARENTS'
Our goal should be to raise capable parents, which will yield more than fruit, but an orchard, (according to Michael). This will effect generations if we make this a goal. One way to accomplish this is to model a good family through a strong marriage as the foundation.
Hopefully, these little highlights will cause you to reflect upon your family and perhaps get a bit of inspiration and shine :)