Homeschooling is not easy for me. Yes I am a trained public school teacher; yes I am a trained Waldorf teacher; yes I have stayed home with my boys from day 1... but even with years of experience and background knowledge I still find myself feeling like I am failing at this whole homeschooling thing, from time to time.
There are so many conflicting philosophies and “how-to’s ” out there that it is easy to get caught in the “Am I enough?” trap. I can truly say that it is so worth the personal self-development that is required, to homeschool the kids.
I’m reminded of this profound quote from Rudolf Steiner (the founder of Waldorf Education):
“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.”
This.... this I can do. I can look at my boys and what they like, who they are, and how they learn. I can customize a curriculum that suits their needs and wants.... and pivot it and change it based on their own growth and development. I can love my boys through the ups and downs of life and be there for them to guide them as they find their own answers to the questions they are faced with.
Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but it sure is the perfect fit for us.
Being a mom is such a gift. Being their teacher is a blessing.