I am a good homeschooling mom and I’m going to muse on why I am good. What do I do that makes me certain, confident, comfortable, and
effective as a mother homeschooling the two more important people on
earth? I have honestly never adequately put this into words. I’ve
tried, but I have never been satisfied with it. I’ll try again now.
I’m not perfect and I have made many mistakes. I’m not always patient.
I’m not always encouraging. I’m not always tuned in to their needs.
I’m not always open and ready for the next teachable moment. I could
freely list my iniquities…but I think you get the idea!
But I love them enough to allow them to make their own mistakes. I love
them enough to tailor each and every lesson to each of my children. I
love them enough to include character-building into each and every
lesson. I love them enough to allow each of my children to struggle
in the ways that strengthen them. I love them enough to let them know
when they have not done their best and to encourage them to do it for
the sake of having done it. I love them enough to not sweat the
small stuff. I love them enough to let them “disappoint me”. I love
them enough to know when they need time away, time back to lessons,
time to follow their own bliss. I love them enough to let them know
that their abilities and strengths are not diminished by those things
that are difficult for them.
I truly enjoy being with them. I enjoy seeing their comradeship with one another. I enjoy
seeing them handle their own conflicts with respect. I enjoy seeing
them support and encourage each other through difficult times,
performances, moody days, boredom, busy days, day in, and day out. I
enjoy seeing them take the leap to understand things that are “above
their level”. I enjoy seeing them as they struggle with those things
that are “below their level” and still know that they are trying their
hardest. I enjoy seeing them instigate a field of study for the day
through their own interests and zeal for learning. I enjoy being
there when one of them says or does something so very wonderful that
even /they/ are aware of the significance of that moment.
A child’s thirst for knowledge is so very unique to that child. As a
homeschooling mother, I am uniquely aware of those interests and I
enjoy showing them just how very ‘NOW’ and ‘today’ and RELEVANT
learning is and can be for them.
I know when internal pressure, frustration, energy, and other factors have just gotten in
the way of their learning. I can see it immediately and I can and do
point it out and help my kids to find their way back to focus on the
And, you know, as I’ve been writing, it has occurred to me that the single best thing that I bring to the table is
my own enthusiasm for learning. I have many varied interests and experiences that make me an admirable teacher! I enjoy learning and I have taken the time to follow my own bliss. I think that THIS is what
makes me a wonderful teacher to my own children!