I am NOT qualified

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:

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Mom, I’m done! Yep! That’s the 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!

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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?

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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!

Blessings,
Tiffany

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19 thoughts on “I am NOT qualified

  1. I am soooooo proud of you! You are amazing in your momma’s eyes!!!:) ________________________________

  2. positive attitude is always the first step. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy Tuesday wishes xo P.S. sorry I’m so late visiting πŸ™‚

  3. I ran across your blog while searching for something else online. What a blessing! We are in our first year of homeschooling and so far, the sacrifices made have been worth the changes we have seen in our kids. I love this post – and I’ll be back. Thank you!!

  4. After 17 years of homeschooling, I am the least educated member of my family πŸ™‚ And I’m the one that taught them all they know (smile). During our homeschool journey, which included “homeschooling” my husband after he got inspired to finish his college degree, I learned that God provides what I don’t have or can’t give my children. He came through with musical instruments and lessons, internships, tutors, just to name a few. Now my husband has a BS degree, one daughter works for a United States congressman in Washington, DC, and the other is a junior at a Christian college. And I”m much smarter, too πŸ™‚ I’d love to send you a free download of my homeschool mom’s devotional book if you’ll contact me at Be Not Weary. Blessings to you, Lori

  5. I needed this post today! I’ve been pushing against God for so long because I don’t want to homeschool our kids, but God keeps pushing back. He’s right, of course, and I need to obey Him. Thanks for the encouragement that I DON’T have to know it all or have all the answers; I simply have to answer His call and obey.

    Blessings to you

  6. Not qualified, but CALLED. I love that. Great reminder…fun and compassion. We are in our second year of homeschooling and it can be overwhelming at times. Thanks for your encouragement!

    • Thank you to ALL who stopped by and commented. It’s just a reminder that when God calls, he equips and strengthens us for the journey ahead, and homeshooling is a journey! May God give you all a fresh strengthening today:)
      Blessings,
      Tiffany

  7. Awesome!

    You’re right. You will miss something. I’ll miss something. And it’ll probably be very important. NO teacher can teach everything! And even if we could, the kids can’t learn everything in a few years. It’ll happen.

    What’s ironic is that I have MA in Education as well as a decade teaching K-8 before my kids came along and sometimes I don’t feel qualified either. LOL It truly isn’t the degree or actual teaching that makes the best teacher. It’s much more than that! πŸ™‚

  8. I have to admit when I read your title I was worried someone needed some encouragement and was ready to give it! Instead I was the one being encouraged!! Great post!! πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!

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