Overcoming Guilt: Benefits of Farming and Homeschooling
Farming demands your all and then some. It comes with a long “to-do” list. Also add in homeschooling and there is plenty of room for guilt. There are many benefits to farming while homeschooling. As a result, you can experience relief. Today, we are going to address a few of those benefits.
Benefit Number One of Farming and Homeschooling
First, acknowledge there are many teachable moments. They are abundant in homesteading. Often, I refer to our homeschool as three dimensional. It is not two dimensional. For example, our children learn to care for sick animals. They research animal health and apply their knowledge. They see the immediate impact of what they learn in real time. Students gain marketing skills. Lastly, they engage in public speaking as they present their products to vendors customers.
Benefit Number Two of Farming and Homeschooling
Next, understand home education is relevant to the student. The traditional classroom offers a limited learning experience. Students sit at the desk processing the information given. The subject matter is often irrelevant to the student’s life. Therefore retaining the information is hard. Random facts and figures are tucked away for short term recall on tests. Consequently, they are lost in an abyss immediately.
Benefit Number Three of Farming and Homeschooling
Third, the farm offers a built-in curriculum. Home education takes place in the context of a student’s life. As a result, the family’s livelihood offers a curriculum full of educational opportunities. Sadly, the family’s lifestyle contains a built-in curriculum that is often overlooked. For instance, one aspect of our family vocation is the homestead or farmstead.
The above picture shows what our classroom looked like this morning. Charity pampers Jasper, a newborn buckling, while listening to a lecture on Foundational Principles for Small Business Success. Almost every aspect of the farm provides an education. This situation is no different. She was learning about small business while caring for a critter. What a delightful way to develop important skills.
Benefit Number Four of Farming and Homeschooling
Fourth, realize the farm will enhance many of the students skills. Therefore, education at home offers the development of many skill sets. My aim is to train the children in leadership skills. I desire is to equip them to run a business. Entrepreneurs must learn to complete goals. They must do this and multi-task. Charity tends to this baby while listening to the assigned lecture. This gives her practice at developing this important skill set.
Benefit Number Five of Farming and Homeschooling
In addition, you can enjoy the benefits of offering a natural and unrestrained education. Education at home occurs in a natural unconfined setting. The information transfer and skill development occur simultaneously, subtly, and effortlessly (most of the time). Many times the students will hunger for learning more making it hard to stop learning. She navigated the challenge multi-tasking quite well. Consequently, she took what she learned from the assigned lecture and discussed how it applies to our business.
Benefit Number Six of Farming and Homeschooling
Finally, realize you are building your business when your vocation is the subject of your homeschool. Teaching the children using our business as a curriculum enhances the business as well. We don’t just work in our business. But, we work “on” our business applying principles for success together. Moreover, home education applied this way becomes synergistic moving the family to new heights of growth and maturity.