Grandparents and Homeschooling
Time Around . . .
Nana to the Rescue
. . . Why, you may ask, would an otherwise sane nana
give up the cherished solitude of her empty nest to
invest herself in her children’s children?
By Saralee Rhoads
Homeschooling the second time around . . . Now don’t shudder, pale, or flinch, and no nervous
tics, please! Sometimes grandparents do
homeschool their children’s children. I
should know; I am a homeschool nana,
and I am not alone. We are a growing
segment of the homeschooling community, less an aberration and more an accepted slice of the pie.
Just who is a homeschool nana? She
is, most often, a veteran, having homeschooled her own children; usually she is
a woman who left the work force never
to return or one who is retired. As difficult as creating a normative profile might
be, the description is remarkably easy
to provide. Armed with experience and
in love with her grandchildren, she fills
the job description to a tee. But why, you
may ask, would an otherwise sane nana
give up the cherished solitude of her
empty nest to invest herself in her children’s children? That’s a good question.
In this economy, no one understands the
financial sacrifice of a mother raising her
children more than homeschooling fami-
lies. The value, underrated by our society,
is not measured in 401s, IRAs, Social Se-
curity points, or healthy bank accounts.
This sacrifice, already made once in rais-
ing her own children, makes a nana a
logical homeschool teacher when fami-
lies pool their resources. Having already
sacrificed her monetary potential, she is
not only well versed in home education
but also is often the member of the fam-
ily with the least earning potential.