Even though Covid had a hand in our final decision to homeschool, it was the best decision we could make. However, we almost didn’t do it. When I began to research homeschooling and curriculums for him, I started to doubt myself and almost decided against it. I wanted to recreate public school for him because it was familiar to him. But since I didn’t know HOW to do it that way I felt like a failure before I even started. I convinced myself that I was not qualified to teach my son.
But then it clicked, I am not a trained teacher. I do not have the education that teachers in public school have or the experience. All I have is some basic knowledge, the ability to teach myself most things, and a kid that I know backwards and forwards even if he doesn’t believe it. I know what this kid likes and dislikes, I know how he learns best, I know his potential. I also sat down with him and asked him what he wants from his education. Turns out that some of the things I thought I needed to do were holding him back. No thank you, I’m not going to do that. But then he surprised me with things he wants to do, like book reports. My 13-year-old son has asked me to assign book reports to him. I can do that.
He liked the idea of lapbooking, meant for younger kids, so I showed him interactive notebooks as an alternative and that got him excited. So I guess we are doing that!
So instead of trying to be the kind of teacher he was used to and doing schooling the way he was used to, I want to be the teacher he needs and do things the way that benefits him the most. It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that everyone learns differently and no one way to teach is the right way. In that aspect, I guess I am qualified to teach my son after all!
So if you are new to homeschooling like we are and never even thought about doing it before, just know, you do NOT need to be all things all the time. Your kid(s) will be fine as long as you are who they need you to be. Take a breath and carry on!
Also, if you are having a hard time, try having your child teach you. You get to sit back and relax, they might learn more trying to teach you and they might even have some fun!
If you are new to homeschooling or even thinking about it, what obstacles did you face or are facing currently when it comes to homeschooling? Do you believe that as parents, we are qualified to teach our children?