Not too long ago, I got THE infamous homeschooling question…
Truth be told, I stammered and blinked a lot as I struggled to answer a very loaded question. (fail)
Here is the answer I wish I’d have given:
Not at all in fact. I have a degree in Television and Radio Communications with both a Politics and Literature minor from college. I have not received any training in education or child psychology or lesson planning.
Further, I am not even qualified to be a mother.
Let’s face it, no one is. We probably studied much more furiously to get our drivers licenses than we did for motherhood. I never passed an exam or got a certificate, yet the hospital handed me a precious newborn seconds after delivery and basically said, “good luck with this.”
Surprisingly, I’m glad I’m not qualified to teach my children at home. You see, being qualified to teach them would make homeschooling a game of self-reliance – a game at which I am a miserable failure.
So, you see, dear lady who-cornered-me-at-the-hospital-with-a-loaded-question, I am not qualified to teach my children.
God has called our family to this homeschooling journey for reasons that I see clearly and others that are hidden from my view. God has put this calling on my life, and he who is faithful will accomplish his purpose.
Do I know what his purpose is?
No. And I’m strangely ok with that. God is so much more loving and faithful and wonderful than I am – so I’m glad that he is Lord of our little homeschool. Without his loving guidance and the inspiration of his Word, our homeschool would be a disaster. If I tried to rest on my small qualifications in order to teach my children, I would fail…big time. I serve a big God who is interested in the small details of my children’s hearts and lives. Learning His lessons daily in our home is our greatest joy.
So, to answer your question…