November 14, 2016
When Dad takes on the teaching role
One of the most significant benefits of homeschooling is that a family can design school and home life in such a way that the individual needs of that family are met. In some cases, the best thing to meet the family’s needs is for the dad to take on the role of teacher.
In this week’s vlog we join in the middle of a conversation between two dads. They speak about transitions within the family and the impact that can make. The biggest transition that they discuss is the shift from dad working outside of the home to becoming the sole instructor at home.
Before you watch the video, here is a little background information on Jim Burgess, the homeschooling dad in the video.
Jim had been working a typical outside of home job, which he rather enjoyed. Then, about two years ago, a change at work prompted the move to bring dad home. Jim is now the sole teacher at home. Sounding like any other homeschooling mom, when asked if he also works from home, he replied, “No I do not work from home while I home educate. It is plenty enough work for me.” Indeed! I think we can all relate to that.
As you will hear in the video, they chose to maintain the same curriculum and schedule in their homeschooling at the beginning, but that is changing over time. Also changing is the depth of relationships at home. Jim writes, “The changes are outstanding. I love being the stay at home parent. My kids love having their dad home. My outlook has improved. My change in attitude in life from when I did day-to-day work, which I had enjoyed, to now is immense. I feel calmer, and my relationship with my children has greatly improved. I really missed my kids while I was doing the day-to-day. I didn’t know how much I missed them until being at home and getting to see the learning taking place.”
Let’s listen in on these two dads! Remember: homeschool families come in many different forms and variations. How exciting to see a family choose what will work best in their home!