Welcome to the 1st edition of Dad’s Workshop! In this edition I would like to talk about dads and homeschool. I know some of you are actively involved in your children’s homeschool education, but for various reasons, many are not. I am here as a dad that has been on both ends of that spectrum, so I can relate to both sides. When we first started homeschooling about 5 years ago, I was not the involved dad that I am today. I was very supportive of my wife’s desire to homeschool, to provide our children with a better education than the public school system had given us, but I wasn’t actively involved. I bought all the supplies and curriculum she needed and praised their success; but I wasn’t the one in the trenches, so to speak. Then my wife started talking to me about portfolios and testing, and legislation that could affect our decision to homeschool, and I realised I had no idea. It was like a whole new world, that I didn’t know existed. That was my turning point, when I realised I needed to be more involved; I should know what is going on. Over the course of the next few months I applied more of my free time to learning as much about homeschooling as possible, and helping my wife when I could. A year later I found myself on the WVHEA board. It’s been an amazing experience watching my children learn and grow, and learning some new things myself. Over the course of this segment I hope to share those experiences and help other dads get more involved in homeschooling, because it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
Ideas and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editor or the members of the Governing Board of WVHEA.