Pssst… hey you! Yes, you homeschooling mom! I’m looking at you. Want to know a secret?
You’re doing enough.
You’re doing more than you think you are.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a challenge. For the next entire week, write down everything you think your child is learning. If you read to him, write it down. Did you cook or do laundry together? Note it.
Maybe he figured out a map of your neighborhood and told you where to turn the car. If you read a book together or just listened to an audiobook, remember to include it.
Great conversations or any teachable moment you have spent, even the difficult ones – write them down.
Oh, and of course don’t forget the overt sit down work you do with your child. All the written work, all the hear-tearing math, everything that required pens and paper and the ubiquitous worksheet.
And then, only then – add it up.
See, you’re teaching enough – you’re doing far more than you think.
Schools rest on the idea that information can be institutionalized and they have it all. And to get it, we have to be enrolled in a formal course.
But of course, today we know this is not true. Teaching isn’t something you switch on or off. You don’t go from being a mother to a teacher back to being a mother. And that’s precisely the point.
Your work is specialized in the best way possible – it’s unique to you and your child.
It doesn’t matter if you’re still learning patience. Or organization, or frugality, or whatever virtue you think you need to do this successfully. It doesn’t matter that inside you feel like you’re not doing enough.
It doesn’t matter that you’re not teaching like a school would.
The fact that you cannot teach like a school – far from being a weakness – is a strength of unfathomable depth.
You are already teaching. You are always teaching. Homeschooling is just another word for it.