My family not only homesteads, but we also homeschool. I got to thinking the other day how very closely related these two "homey" things are.
Homesteaders are working towards self-sufficiency. They aim for self-reliance. They've moved away from the institution and are real live do-it-yourselfers.
So are homeschoolers.
Homesteading requires the ability to seek out answers for the many questions that come up. A homesteader quickly figures out what resources are at their disposal, and what ones they need to add.
Homeschoolers need to be willing to seek out answers as well. They become experts at figuring out where to find the information they want, whether it's from a book, a person, a website, or an experience along the way.
As a homesteader and a homeschooler, I've been able to show my children I don't know everything. I'm always learning, always having to re-figure something, always having to try again. I can't tell you how beneficial this has been to my children. My kids have grown up in a household seeing that their parents are still learning, everyday, and that makes it easier for my kids to admit they don't understand something or need help or need to try again.
Homesteaders aren't quite mainstream. We do things differently than "everyone else out there". And because of that, it is important to have a community of like minded folks that you can go to for help, support, or just general understanding.
The same is true of homeschoolers. We're not mainstream, and even though our numbers are growing, we're still a very small percent of the population.
Being involved with our homeschooling community helps us because we know we're not alone in what we are doing. Sometimes just having someone who can say "Yep, been there...done that...survived..." helps a ton.
Homesteaders and homeschoolers truly live a life of learning, and have opportunities to get their hands and feet in the dirt of real life.
How many times have you done something on the homestead that you knew you couldn't have learned from a book? I've lost count on this end, both as a homesteader and a homeschooler. And I'm glad for every single one of those lessons learned. :)
To read more about Amy's farm life, go to A Farmish Kind of Life.
To read more about Amy's homeschooling life, go to The Hmmmschooling Mom.