Monday, November 13, 2006

How Dads Participate in Homeschooling - Part 2

See Part 1 if you missed the first installment.

More of the ways Henry participates in Homeschooling:

2) Dad educates himself on educational and parenting issues.

Henry has built a personal library of books related to homeschooling, parenting, politics, and education. He gets recommendations from the Internet, friends or finds the books at the library. He continually has a stack of new books waiting to be read.

Because he is so well informed, Henry is not easily discouraged in our homeschooling pursuits. He is very clear on our objectives. Many parents are intimidated by other parents or school staff because of their ignorance of child development and educational issues. If every parent read even a few of these books, they could not be so easily manipulated.

Here are just a few of the books in our personal library:

The ABC of Homeschooling, Between Parent and Child, Deschooling Society, Education and the State, Education, Free and Compulsory, Family Matters, Grandchildren of Alcoholics, The Homeschool Revolution, Inside American Education, It Takes a Parent, Let My Children Go, Home Educated and Now Adult, A Nation at Risk, NEA, Trojan Horse in American Education, The Power of Positive Parenting, Public School Public Menace, School Figures, Teach Your Own, Three Steps to Stronger Families, The Well Trained Mind, and so forth.

These books represent only a portion of our library. (I got tired of typing and inserting links.) Henry takes notes on what he is reading and writes them on index cards or in the front cover of the book. Sometimes we buy more than one copy of a book because Henry is reluctant to lend his annotated copy.

Henry also reads books and discusses them with the kids. For example, he read the Richest Man in Babylon with the girls and they discussed money management.

A well-read father is a wonderful asset to homeschooling.

Check out Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5

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