Can I Keep Up With My Students?

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You've been having a great year homeschooling. There have been bad days and long stretches where things have been overwhelming. By overall it has been a blast! You and your kids have loved learning together. But as you consider your options for next year, there may be this doubt casually lounging on the edge of your consciousness:

Will I be able to teach my kids the more advanced subjects next year?

Your student may not be to calculus just yet. Perhaps it's "human reproduction" next year. Or you may not be sure you can teach your student to read. You may simply feel unqualified to cover a subject you were never taught when you were in school. Or maybe simply looking at the sheer volume of wonderful stuff you'll do next year has you feeling inadequate. You may be thinking, "Can I keep up with my students?"

Yes.

You can.

There will be some not so awesome days. There always are. But just like this year, next year you and your students will get to enjoy the pleasure of learning. Together. You may not remember everything about Trigonometry today--I sure don't--but you've been learning alongside your children for at least a year now. As homeschoolers, we have the privilege of learning (or relearning) in the process of teaching. What an opportunity!

If you're looking toward next year, please find encouragement in this year. This has been a fantastic year full of wonderful books, amazing discoveries, a few "light bulb" moments, and one or two more steps forward in this life-long journey of learning. And you--and your kids--have been loving it.

Keep up the great work.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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