When I started looking into homeschooling, the question of my ability to teach dominated my thoughts. The whole point of homeschooling, for us, was to give our children a better education than public school could provide. Could I, with no education in education possibly know how to teach my children? It sounded negligent and ignorant.
I saw a post on a homeschool forum from a teacher who questioned the quality of education homeschool could provide. This filled me with doubt. I mean, teachers have to get proper training for a reason, right? While the question the teacher asked was fair, I now know there is another side to the story that wasn’t being addressed.
Homeschool is not public school. It is a whole different ballgame. The rules are different, the experience is different. Put me in front of 30+ 2nd graders and I will probably do an awful job of teaching them. However, I am not teaching public school.
With homeschool, I know my students. I know how to read them, I know how to reach them, and I know how to motivate them. I don’t have a room full of strangers getting changed out annually. I have a few children that I know and an overwhelming desire to see them succeed throughout their education.
If something doesn’t work for them, I can change it. I can tweak curriculum, change assignments, come at a problem from a different angle. Each student is receiving a one-on-one custom education. Flexibility is a powerful tool. I don’t have to force a board of education selected curriculum on my students and hope for the best.
Also, I don’t have to be an expert in important subjects like math or phonics. I can spend a little money and get top-notch resources to help me teach my children. I have a team of experts for the important stuff. I am certainly not on my own.
With the proper investment of energy and time, homeschooling is possible. I don’t have to be an expert with a master’s degree in childhood education to make it work. Outsourcing is sometimes needed, but that’s no different from traditional school either. Asking if I am qualified to teach my students is a fair question, but I think I have the right tools to make it work.