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Getting Dad More Involved, Free DVD for Homeschools

By Heather Idoni

Added Thursday, December 17, 2009

                The Homeschooler's Notebook
     Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
   Vol. 10 No 91                        December 17, 2009
                      ISSN: 1536-2035                              
   Copyright (c) 2009 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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      Last Issue's Reader Question

  "We used to have a nice routine that paralleled 'typical' public
  school hours while Dad was at work.  Recently my husband was
  promoted to a position with second shift hours.  Since Dad is
  now home during our normal school hours, the kids want to spend
  much of that time with him.  By the time he goes off to work, no
  one is looking forward to starting the school day in earnest.
  (Especially me, since my best thinking/teaching time is much
  earlier in the day!)

  I know that one of the perks of home educating is flexibility.  I
  would love it if my husband would consistently take this opportunity
  to lead daily morning devotions and maybe even help with schoolwork,
  but I don't want to nag him about it.  Can anyone provide advice on
  the best way to transition into a new schedule that would include
  Dad's presence?  Thanks!" -- Elsie

      Our Readers' Responses 

  "Elsie, this may take some creativity on your part.  You could
  start with a subject area that your husband enjoys or is good at.
  Find a time when you have his full attention and he doesn't have
  other things weighing on his mind, and then ask him to help or
  take over that subject.  Asking once is not nagging.  He could
  teach the subject only two or three days a week; he doesn't have
  to commit to it every day.  If he wants your help getting started,
  fine; if not, stay out of his way and let him do it.  He will
  likely not have your teaching style; that's okay.  He might want
  to shop around for a different curriculum, or not use a curriculum
  at all.  Let him do it his way.  If he isn't interested, accept
  his answer and drop it.  But then do your lessons while he is at
  home, and make sure you're having a blast so that he'll realize
  he's missing out on something, and will want to get in on the fun.
  It will be great if he will be involved, because you'll be solving
  both problems: you can still do your lessons in the morning, and
  the children will have time with Dad." -- Mary Beth


  "I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but one of my
  favorite years was when my husband was home during the days.  He
  didn't help with the actual teaching; I don't think he would have
  if he wanted to just because he didn't know what I expected and
  would have been afraid of doing it wrong. 

  The best thing I did was put him in charge of a weekly field trip.
  He was to schedule/plan it and let me know when and where it would
  be.  We went to museums, support group parties, hiking, to plays,
  bought zoo passes and went every month, whatever.  If you keep
  your eyes open there are usually many things to do wherever you

  On these days we either took school off or did just the basics
  (math/reading).  Whatever they lost in book work they made up for in
  fun enjoyable learning opportunities.  Our family was strengthened
  and because we took lots of pictures we have many memories of this
  fun time to look back on." -- Sandy

     Answer our NEW Question

  "I have a child who loves animation.  He had a class in a program
  called Scratch and he fell in love ever since.  I was wondering if
  there were any animation classes on-line or out there that anyone
  could recommend.  Thanks." -- Renee


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