The whole family piled in the car this afternoon to take my husband to the dentist. And since the kids hadn't completed their day's work, they were still working on schoolwork in the car.
On the way to the dentist, Jerah was working on her Math-U-See lesson, and because today was the first day of a new math unit, I was explaining to her (from the front seat of the car) how to solve a division problem with a fraction remainder, as opposed to a whole number remainder. Jerah seemed to understand the concept pretty easily and quickly proceeded to work on her assignment; but when I turned around to the front again, I noticed this…well…strange expression on my husband's face.
"I think I've just had a 'eureka!' moment."
"What?" I was totally puzzled.
Shaking his head, he went on to explain, "I've never heard remainders explained like that before. I'm not sure if I was even taught that in school!"
I couldn't help but laugh.
My husband has never claimed to be very good at math (although he did make it through advanced math classes in high school), and he's always claimed that math gives him a headache, which is why I usually take care of the budgeting and the checkbook. But he admitted today that a lot of what he understands now about math has been from just listening to me teach the kids their math!
So you see, homeschooling isn't just for the kids; the moms and dads are learning—and relearning—all the time, too!