I remember my first couple of years of homeschool. I Started my son in nursery school (he was 3)… Educationally, it wasn’t much of a challenge and neither were grades 1 – 4… but once grade 5 came around, I found myself lacking. I had forgotten a lot of the 5th grade math concepts I learned in school. I knew how to DO the work, I just didn’t know how to teach it.
Then Jr. High and high school rolled around. Uh! I was mathematically lost! Also, I had totally forgotten what it was like to write an essay. That made me feel kinda dumb and hopeless – I almost put my son into another school because I thought I couldn’t teach him.
The main thing I wasn’t using to my advantage was MY learning skills. I started to use the library as a resource to search and find answers so I could teach them to my son…. Then there was the internet. Websites like Youtube, and Google, helped me to get through a lot of what I didn’t understand. Eventually when my son and daughter became High School age, besides traditional teaching, I found video teachers, as well as tutors to teach those difficult subjects (like Chemistry and Physics) that I knew I couldn’t teach.
Homeschool parent, have you ever known a teacher that was excellent in every single subject? (I haven’t met one yet.) There is no shame in not knowing everything. My challenge to you is: If you are not great in a subject or two, don’t back down and take it off the lesson plan…. Go after it. Use the many resources at your fingertips (there are tons!), and get help!
Giving up is not an option. You are a smart cookie! Make it happen!
Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.