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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Major

For the mom that wants to homeschool but is worried she won't be good at it

One of my most, let's say frustratingツ, qualities is that I can be pretty hard on myself. And it was in overdrive when I was in charge of a classroom full of kids. I wanted to be the very best teacher for them. I wanted to make sure they didn't get the short end of the stick by having me as their teacher when they could have so many other great ones.

So I wholeheartedly understand feeling worried that you won't be the best teacher you can possibly be for your child or children.

But then I think about how I would spend hours finding, creating, and providing the most engaging activity I could find and then it going nothing like how I planned and I die laughing. I don't think I ever had a day go to plan and the days where I felt like our lessons went really well were pretty rare.

I'm here to tell you that you can be just the teacher that your child needs.

I wish I would have learned this earlier:

You don't need to be the best teacher. You just need to be you. In case you haven't' heard this before, the child you teach will probably forget what they learned, but they will never forget how you made them feel. It's possible that you don't need to have the best activity and the best knowledge, but rather, you just need to show up and love on the kids in front of you. The learning will naturally come when the kids feel safe, loved, and free to make mistakes.

Here's a couple more nuggets for you in case you still aren't convinced:

+ In case you didn't hear me earlier, you're not going to be the best teacher. Your kids don't need you to be the best. They just need someone that wants to teach them. They're not looking for you to be the expert, they're looking for you to show up, to try, to be there for them, and to encourage them. The best teachers aren't the ones that dump knowledge into your brain. They're the ones that smile when you walk in the door. The ones that laugh with you when a mistake is made and help you learn how to fix it. They're the ones that guide you through learning something new. Teaching is more about guiding, loving, and encouraging.

+ You'll learn together and you might even find a new joy for learning. Watching something click for someone else is so fun to be a part of. You'll learn new things with them and they'll love watching you admit that you're not an expert in everything and learning alongside with them.

Being a teacher is not about knowing a lot of information. Whoever the child is placed next to, to learn from, is no coincidence. It's possible that you're just the teacher they need.

Much love,

Brittany ♡

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Micaela Bouwmeister
Micaela Bouwmeister
30 sep. 2023

Thank you for this encouragement! I hope to homeschool (in a few years) so I really appreciate a teachers perspective that I don't need to be the best, just willing :)

Brittany Major
Brittany Major
04 okt. 2023
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I'm so glad you felt encouraged! 100%, anyone can teach :)

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