Part of my intent with this blog is to encourage you that YES! your kids will turn out okay being schooled on the homestead. I know of several young men that grew up learning their math in the garden or their biology while butchering and I look forward to featuring something about where they are today in future posts.
But today, while looking at my son’s blog, it dawned on me that I’ve never thought about featuring my own kids. Shame on me. So today I’d like to share with you where my two oldest boys are and how they’re using their homeschooling from the homestead.
In all fairness, I must confess that my oldest son was only partially homeschooled. He wanted to go to school and so every other year he attended a small Christian school near our home. So I can’t necessarily take all the credit for his education. However, I can take the credit for making sure that he learned practical life skills.
This guy, Drew, apprenticed under a blacksmith beginning at age 14. Today, he fashions beautiful pieces out of iron in the forge on his property. At 15 he started working for a builder of custom homes. He learned enough in seven years working for Jay, that he could own his own company if he took a mind to it. But before he could entertain that thought, someone else approached him about working as estimator and office manager of their excavation firm.
That’s nice, you say, but where’s the homesteading come in? Well, Drew and his wife also keep goats and chickens on their mountainside property and this year he built his own green house and had the land terraced to accommodate more than just a kitchen garden. They are well on their way to living a sustainable lifestyle.
My second son, Shea, called me from Haiti last week for my sausage seasoning recipe. He was planning on butchering a hog the next morning and they wanted to make as much sausage as they could. The folks in the mission enjoy a lot more meat since Shea arrived because of this skill.
He also helps families in the mountains plant their crops. His senior year of high school he apprenticed under a cabinet maker and learned a great deal of woodworking skills both from his apprenticeship, and from his own study.
Homeschooling can take on many different shades, styles, or forms. No one is right or wrong. What is right, is what is right for your own children and your own family. For us, homeschooling on the homesteading is what is right. And for now, the proof is in the pudding.
What are your grown kids doing? Feel free to share in the comments. And if you think they’d be willing, I’d love to interview them for this blog, so mention that as well.
This post is linked up to the Carnival of Homeschooling!