I AM NOT QUALIFIED TO HOMESCHOOL!
Nope, not one bit. I have a high school education. No college. No degree. No teaching experience, except a one month stint of helping in a preschool class. No fancy online training. Nothing. Yet, I homeschool.
I give my children my all when it comes to homeschooling. I try to make it fun, I try to make it engaging, but sometimes it’s not. Sometimes we all throw our hands in the air and put the books aside and just go play. Sometimes I get this look:
I have no “formal” curriculum I follow. I do use Heart of Dakota books for a general outline and guide but we don’t follow it to a T. Sometimes I see a fascinating book at the library and we use it for a few weeks then choose something else. Sometimes, we use no books and I just go with what they are interested in. If your an outsider looking in you might thing I’m a little scattered and completely unprepared. Well, maybe I am a little bit but we do alright.
We try to just keep on moving. Wether that means through our multiplication facts or through a history book, we just keep moving! That’s one of the glorious parts of homeschooling. There is no “you have to learn this …. by this time. We have ourselves to hold accountable. Sometimes, I don’t know what they are learning about. It’s true.
Sometimesto often I have to ask Dexter who is a freshmen this year, what on earth a book is talking about. She is one smart cookie that girl. It’s a good thing or I might just waste hours on the internet looking up different concepts!
Others ask, are you qualified? NO. Aren’t you scared you’ll miss something they need? Yes. What about socialization? What about it. Do you fear you’ll mess them up somehow? Always. But in the end it all comes back to being CALLED to homeschool. I know that I’m not qualified to teach my kids but I know the ONE who is. I know I might just mess them up, but His grace is enough. I fear I will miss something that they will eventually need, but God can fill that gap, and remedial courses in college:) You see, if we looked at homeschooling as a school, no one would hire most of us. But Gods word teaches us to “train” our children. To be keepers of the home and our children. I am one of those people living that out. I’m not a rocket scientist and never wanted to be. I want to be a momma that cherishes, loves, nurtures, and keeps my home. I want every aspect of my children’s lives to be intwined in mine. Is that so wrong?
I want to spend countless hours crafting cards for people that need encouragement. I want to spend hours coloring, or playing with playdough just for fun. I want to spend time laughing and playing cards with my kids. Yes I want them to have a great education but this world is more that books and knowledge. I want them to live with compassion for others. I want to teach them to serve and love their God. I want them to be all they were created to be. Sometimes that means ditching the books and just living the way God intended us to.
No, by this world standards, I am not “qualified” to homeschool, but I am called, and for me that’s all that matters!
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