Homeschooling Without a College Degree: 5 Reasons Why You’ve Got This!
I never finished college. As a young mom, I tried to do the work/school/motherhood thing, but it never stuck long term.
I’d get a semester in here and there between diaper changes and potty training, but juggling it all was easier said than done. Twenty years later I have half a degree of dusty credits I wouldn’t know what do with now.
So what business do I have educating my kids at home?
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Are you a parent homeschooling without a college degree?
In the beginning, I struggled with my own insecurities about being a parent homeschooling without a college degree.
How can I possibly do this without a college education?
Isn’t that shortchanging my kids?
Wouldn’t they be better off with a “real” teacher?
I realize now just how silly my insecurities were.
Now that my boys are older I’ve thought about going back to school, but we have two kids to put through college, so there’s that. Time flies and the one who was potty training while I was barely making it to classes, is off to college himself.
If I could go back ten years ago and tell my younger homeschooling self that she IS equipped for the task regardless of education, I would jump on the next time travel bus and knock some sense into her!If I could go back ten years ago and tell my younger homeschooling self that she IS equipped for the task regardless of education, I would jump on the next time travel bus and knock some sense into her!
Are you struggling with those same insecurities as a homeschooling parent? Don’t! You’ve got this.
5 Reasons Why Homeschooling Without a College Degree is Possible
It is possible to successfully homeschool without a college degree. Here are just a few of the reasons why.
You will learn with right along with your kids. Homeschooling is a family affair. I’ve learned so much over the years with my boys. Until I reviewed first-grade social studies with my youngest, I thought Christopher Columbus sailed over on the Mayflower. Not kidding. Don’t judge me.
Parenting is parenting. You care about your kids and want what’s best for them. Isn’t that why you’re homeschooling (or considering homeschooling) to begin with? You see a need, and you’re meeting it. The same goes for all of parenting and homeschooling is no exception.
You can outsource what you can’t teach. Does that thought of teaching algebra or chemistry make you cringe? There are alternatives to teaching difficult courses yourself. Find a group or co-op where your kids can take these tough classes with peers or other homeschooling parents who are gifted in the areas are you aren’t.
Online classes are an excellent option for higher level courses. After we finished algebra I, I had my son finish up his math classes online with other teachers. It helped him form some independence and took the instruction pressure off of me.
Resources for homeschoolers are everywhere. Options for homeschooling families are wide open. You can find what your kids need. Whether it’s a group, class, or just a friend! Find your local homeschooling community or join a supportive online group and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
If I can do it anybody can! I really mean this. We never planned on homeschooling. The idea seemed crazy when it crossed our paths, and I wasn’t even sure we’d make it through the first year. Ten years later, one college grad down, and one to go. I know you can do it too!
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Are you homeschooling without a college degree? What would you say to a parent who is worried about doing the same?
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Adrienne Bolton is a freelance writer and veteran homeschool mom. She began homeschooling in 2009 to meet the needs of her oldest son who struggled with the public school setting. Her boys have had different experiences with homeschooling, but both have thrived in spite of her. Her oldest son transitioned from public school after fourth grade and her youngest is 100% homegrown, having never stepped foot in a traditional classroom. Now with one son in college and one working his way through high school, she is proof anyone can do this. She writes with humor and heart, peppered with occasional snark and sarcasm. When she is not writing or working you can find her with a good book in hand, snuggling her massive Pitbull fur baby, or making something yummy in the kitchen. She loves to cook, bake, and be outdoors in the sunshine. The beach is her happy place and she's a true flip-flop wearing Florida girl. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.
Thank you for putting this in writing! I’m still starting to homeschool my toddler and this helped me add more confidence in doing this thing. God bless your beautiful family!