How To HomeSchool?

The question of ‘How To HomeSchool?’ is a beautifully asked interrrogative because it implies you have already begun to ‘march to the beat of a different drummer’.  In fact you may already know the answer to your question, ‘How To HomeSchool?’.

In search of the answer to this question, I have often left our quaint, dusty, bedraggled, dearly beloved Cincinnati Public Library Branch with a stack of books that would do Einstein proud.  Our Library Branch is within walking distance of our home, about a Par-5 yardage away.  The pleasant, tree-lined, walk to and from the 1950’s-style Library Branch was always filled with time for thinking deeply about our HomeSchooled children, and our offbeat role as HomeSchool Parents.

Thankfully Junior Golf and Caddying have become a very significant, enjoyable and profitable portion of our HomeSchool Curriculum.  Yet interestingly, I have learned almost nothing from all those library books about Youth Golf and Caddying.  The greatest portion of my knowledge of these two topics has come from my Life’s Work and Family Experiences.

Think for a moment about your own Life’s Work and Family Experiences.  You may very well already be a ‘Master Professional’ in some area, yet because it is ‘yourself’ you may not realize what a great expert you already can provide for the education of the child you love so much.  You may be kind of taking yourself for granted.  If so, your HomeSchool Child will suffer if you don’t spend a little time at least considering the possibility that YOU may be a great answer for ‘How To HomeSchool?’ your child(ren).

We chose Golf and Caddying as a large part of our ‘How To’ HomeSchool Curriculum for many reasons.  The biggest reason probably had to do with my Family Background.  My Granpa, Johnny Suggs, was a Golf Professional, Greenskeeper and a Golf Course Builder/Architect in the Atlanta area.  His two children are Rell Suggs and Louise Suggs.  My Dad, Rell, was a fine Amateur Golfer then worked for MacGregor Golf Company most of his adult life after WWII.  His sister, Louise, became one of the LPGA Founders and a member of every conceivable Hall-Of-Fame a Lady Golfer could enter.  My Dad was one of the most congenial and funny fellas’ you would ever meet, golf providing a great stage for his Southernly and gentlemanly humor and panache.  I liked those qualities in him.  I became a PGA Assistant Golf Professional in 1987 in Cincinnati, a PGA Member in 1990 at Sea Island, Georgia and a PGA Master Teaching Professional in 2000 in Cincinnati.  You might say it was, ‘in the cards’ for me to take this career path.

The beautiful opportunity for a HomeSchool parent and child to stay together on weekdays, often during working hours, is one of the most unique aspects of HomeSchool Education.  This constant togetherness that I’ve enjoyed with my son is the other main reason we chose Golf and Caddying to be such a large portion of how we have done the Home Education of our child.  For centuries young boys have worked side-by-side with their Father and/or Grandfather and other family members.  The Industrial Revolution has all but eliminated this kind of family togetherness in Western Society.  The fractured nature of our families since the Industrialization of America is often cited by other Christian HomeSchool families as a warning.  We fathers do not desire that disjointedness for our wife and children.  Instead we train, guide, pay our own sons rather than training, guiding and paying a stranger’s son or daughter.  the benefits of this would take me days to describe.

To become a PGA Member a young man or woman must be a fine player, at worst able to shoot in the mid-70s.  My son has become one of the best Junior Golfers in our Region.  He largely has done this on his own, simply becuse he has been together with me so much at my workplace, while other children were in traditional school.  His good golf caddy work skills were largely learned (caught rather than taught) simply by being with me on and around the golf course.  He has served a great golf and caddy apprenticeship, though there were no formal homeschool classes.

The invisible advantages of this kind of ‘How To HomeSchool?’ are very valuable to me.  We all understand that the invisible/spiritual things are more important in this life than the visible/physical things.  The character training that occurs, for both me and my son, by virtue of long days spent working and playing together, over a period of many years cannot be replaced.

As you probably know HomeSchool Education has gradually become more commonplace and accepted in the United States over the last twenty years.  Several years ago I heard a great articulation of the 3 main ways to provide a HomeSchool Education: School-At-Home, Unschooling, Eclectic.

School-At-Home tries to place a Homeschool family on a traditional school schedule and use traditional school textbooks for education information.  Unschooling occupies the other side of the HomeSchool Curriculum continuum where children raely use textbooks or have any ‘school’ schedule.  They simply spend their days with their parents and learn to live life with them.  The Eclectic HomeSchool Approach combines the first two methods to varying degrees.  We would be described as utilizing a more Eclectic Approach for our Home Education.  My wife has carefully chosen textbooks for our children, yet they have largely worked at their own pace from a fairly young age.  We have always sought to include them in our Vocational, Societal, Church and Home activities.

By including Golf and Caddying in your HomeSchool curriculum you will have work and play together for your child and for you.  In our busy society the fewer places you have to go, the better, eh?

As I mentioned at the beginning of this Post, please think about your own Life’s Work and Family Experiences.  You may very well be an expert in a field of endeavour that your child will naturally love, often largely because they see your enthusiasm and appreciation for what you do.  They will learn a great deal from their HomeSchool Education Teacher.  It will be ‘caught’ moreso than ‘taught’.  Adults educated in this manner as children are often the very happiest grown-ups.

So, I love the question, ‘How To HomeSchool?’.  I’m certain your children will benefit for many years to come as a result of your marching to your unique drumbeat.

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