Thursday, April 22, 2010

Homeschooling makes Mum smarter too!

I'm very often asked whether, as a homeschooling Mum, I am a qualified teacher. My reply is usually along the unpopular lines of "I believe every parent is qualified to teach his/her child". Which is usually met with a blank stare, followed by a polite if not bewildered "oh".

The truth of the matter is that I am a university dropout who wasn't particularly academic at school. I put in the effort, but didn't get the grades.

Since I started homeschooling I've realised how much I don't know and how much of the drivel I was taught at school was incorrect, hypothetical and (in my opinion) stupid! Homeschooling is like being given a second chance at learning. Even though you are the teacher you are learning and revising at the same time and it's a wonderful thing. It makes me a more effective teacher because I am a genuinely interested student.

If you have considered homeschooling but don't think you have the smarts I recommend to give yourself a chance, and with the right resources and attitude, you can do it!

3 comments:

Bearly Sane said...

I found the same thing going back to school as an adult ... your whole perspective has changes once you're over puberty!! (for some - usually males - it lasts longer) LOL!!

Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Antique Rose Designs said...

I don't know much about home schooling sounds like you are really enjoying it and I admire that you have the patience to do it. When my kids do their homework I learn alot of things that I didn't learn when I was at school. Take care Carol

Mum2eight said...

My husband is a teacher. He got a bachelor degree from UniSA but the real learning for him was in the classroom.