PLANT, Inc. Blog
Encouraging Parent Led Education
by Wes Koerner
We have done a little of the catch up here and there, and I always plan to get to those extra subjects, but the summers fly by with the express speed of all good things, and although we have a great time and create wonderful memories, we don’t get much homeschooling done. After all these years, my wife still does the homeschooling, and thank God she’s good at it, and I work.
But you know, I’ve found that for me, the homeschooling I’m mostly involved in is the informal stuff, and I guess some of the less formal stuff. The best part of each day is often the family reading time before bed. The books we read together, and the discussions and commentaries by all three of us, are I think an important part of my daughter's education (and, incidentally, of mine and my wife's as well). Our family church time, when we read scripture or theology or listen to a podcast, and discuss theological and spiritual points and viewpoints, is a great learning and spiritual growing time for all of us. Our kickball games we do with PLANT, in which my wife and I coach and ref, are a wonderful social environment for my daughter and her friends, and she has made some good new friends there. I get to be a part of that, and it has been a treasure for me.
This is all, you might say, just fathering, not homeschooling. And you might be right. But it is what I can do, and how things worked out, and maybe that’s the hand of God at work. Life is, after all, very short, and children grow so fast, and, it is said, Men plan, and God laughs. One thing I hope I’ve learned in life is to accept things, and go with the flow. Maybe 'just fathering' is a critical part of homeschooling, and it is a gift we should cherish.
Wes Koerner is a public school teacher, the husband of a homeschooling mother, the father of a homeschooled daughter, and a founding member of PLANT, Inc.
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