When the Oaks children were old enough to begin formal education, we enrolled them in the local elementary school after having been educated in the public school system ourselves. After being a part of this system for four years, we decided that it was time to bring our children home. I (Dawn) spent countless hours researching curricula, extracurricular activities, and means to getting standardized testing done to make sure that we didn’t “fall behind.”
That journey began seven years ago and has proven to be the most exciting and challenging in our parenting. One of the greatest benefits has been that we have been able to couple together our schooling with our life on the farm. The kids have had the opportunity to learns the ins and outs of running a business, of what it means to put in a full days work, and to depend upon God in providing for all our needs. They have had an opportunity to speak before national hearings on farm-related legislation and the impact that the reduction in family farms will have on our country. Dawn had the pleasure of writing an article for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine a few years ago called The Impact of the Family Farm on a Mega-Sized World.
A second huge blessing of homeschooling is being able to individualize our children’s education to meet their needs and help to develop their gifts and talents as given by God. Our oldest has a real passion for writing and film production. We are thrilled that we will be able to incorporate her talents in writing many of our blog entries and producing video clips that will be used on this website as the days unfold.
The Oaks children range in age from 8 to 16. In addition to some of the more creative sides of our homeschool and life on the farm, they do complete a normal course of study from elementary school through high school. It is amazing the amount of learning that Gary and I experience as we relive our education through the eyes and experiences of our children.
In addition to schoolwork at home and life on the farm, the kids also participate in the Heritage Homeschool Fellowship, play competitive volleyball and basketball, and participate in 4H activities. Dawn is blessed to teach them at home and to also serve as the Director of the Heritage Homeschool Fellowship.
To keep up to date with the Oaks kids, our new discoveries in curriculum, and creativity in homeschooling keep an eye on our blog from this site. Click on the Homeschooling tab under categories to see those posts related to our homeschool experience.