Am I Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?

Am I smarter than a 3rd Grader – That was the million dollar question.

I know how to be a designer. I know how to go to school and learn. I know how to be a wife and a mother… but did I really know enough to teach my son everything he needs to know in third grade? (and beyond!?)

If you are homeschooling, or are thinking about it, you’ll know this feeling well. There are doubts that enter your mind when it comes to educating your kid. We don’t get a degree to change a diaper or to fill a bottle, and we all manage to make it through that. But when you think about homeschooling, all of a sudden you are in doubt of everything you know and everything you thought you knew.

To this day, I still have my doubts, but I’m getting better at shooting them down. It’s taken me two years, but I now have confidence that my son will in fact be “OK” in this world without traditional schooling. No matter where life takes us, he is building a solid foundation of “How to Learn.” That combined with a natural curiosity for everything is a recipe for success.

It turns out I do know enough to teach my son. I just have to trust myself, follow his lead, and remember that learning isn’t linear; it’s full of twists , turns, and loops. Sometimes success is measurable in the moment and sometimes it’s only measurable from the rear-view mirror. Especially when you’re teaching an exceptionally bright and curious boy.

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