From Our House to Yours
Wanted: Homeschool Teacher
Being a homeschool teacher is one of the most fulfilling things in my life. It is also one of the most demanding things in my life. I think the role of a homeschool teacher is misunderstood by many. In addition to the usual tasks of being a mother, being a homeschool teacher adds many more responsibilities. Rather than just being responsible for the mothering of our children, we are responsible for the education of our children. This is no small matter! Whether our children are or are not well educated – heart, soul, and mind – depends on us. There are many blessings to homeschooling, but there are also many responsibilities. I wonder how a job description “WANTED: HOMESCHOOL TEACHER” ad in the newspaper would read?
Hypothetical Job Description of a Homeschool Teacher
WANTED: HOMESCHOOL TEACHER: Seeking homeschool teacher. Hours: Begin when first child awakes. End when last child sleeps. Duties: Provide all educational curricula, snacks/meals, and school supplies. Plan and teach all subject areas to all ages of children. Expect varied teaching time based on ages of children. Be cheerful, innovative, intelligent, patient, loving, and motivated. High stress tolerance – thrive in a high-pressure environment. Clean entire facility. Must meet all state requirements. Commit to full school year. Pay: None.
Benefits of Being a Homeschool Teacher
WHEW! From that job description, who would accept the job offer of being a homeschool teacher?!? However, I think the reason we DO accept this job has more to do with the benefits than with the job description. Benefits for being a homeschool teacher might read like this: Choose your own hours to work. Set your own schedule. Take vacation and field trips when you want. Take unlimited sick days. Choose your own curricula. Work at your own pace. Pursue personal interests. Wear what you want. Eat and drink what you want. Take breaks any time. Use the bathroom or get up and move at will. Hug and kiss children any time. Use your Bible and pray any time. Share your faith freely.
Benefits make the homeschool teacher job the best paying job in the world!
The benefits of being a homeschool teacher far outweigh the duties. The benefits make the job of a homeschool teacher the best paying job in the world! Each day I remind myself what a blessing it is to be my children’s homeschool teacher. I take my job seriously. At the start of the year, I try to make the best schedule possible. In the morning, I try to be punctual. During my teaching, I try to be focused. During the school day, I aim to give it my best. I work to be patient, cheerful, and timely. When I finish a Heart of Dakota box of plans, I check it off with satisfaction. I attempt to expect the best from me and from my children. I make Jesus a part of our every day, which is good, because I often need His grace when I don’t do my ‘job’ as well as I should.
Your ‘Job’ As a Homeschool Teacher
As you take on your ‘job’ as a homeschool teacher this year, remember, you are WANTED. You are NEEDED. What you are doing is an incredibly important job, and it has many benefits! It is worthy of doing to the best of your ability, and it is deserving of grace when days don’t go as well as you hoped. This year, I encourage you to be the best homeschool teacher you can be! Dig in, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get to doing this job to the very best of our ability! 2019-2020 school year, here we come!!! Look out – we homeschool teachers are on our way!
But Jesus called the children to Him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16