The number one question I get when I tell people we homeschool is,
"Do you have a teaching degree?"
The short answer to that question is, "no."
No I do not have a degree from an accredited university or a license to teach 20-30 school children in a classroom for 8 hours a day. Thankfully, I also do not have that grueling job.
Let's take a moment to praise God for all the men and women out there who are teaching the next generation day in and day out! I firmly believe teachers are society's greatest asset.
In fact my mother and my mother-in-law were both public school teachers.
My mom taught me to read before I went to kindergarten.
I am, however, a college graduate.
As is my husband. In our homeschool he is just as important a part of their education as I am.
But really, not even that is important for homeschooling. Anyone, I repeat, ANYONE can homeschool their children. There are plenty of resources out there to help parents educate their children.
So, instead I'd like to share a little bit about who we are to give you a glimpse of an average American homeschool family.
I was born and raised in East TX until the age of 15 when my dad, who was in the oil business, was transferred to West Texas. I was a pretty good kid but not perfect.
Stephen was raised in Southeast TX. He was an Eagle Scout and preached/led singing regularly in his church growing up. I think he is pretty perfect.
After high school I went to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX for a year before joining the Adventures in Missions program through Sunset International Bible Institute which is also in Lubbock. This is where I met the love of my life. After studying the Bible as a group of about 60 college aged students for 9 months, we were divided into teams and were sent around the world to work with missionaries. Stephen went to Mexico City and I was in Strasbourg, France.
After finishing this program, we quickly married and finished college at Texas Tech. I finished two years before him and tried out a few jobs while he completed his degree. Stephen graduated top of his class with honors and went to work straight away for a mega international corporation.
He's very successful and I think he's super hot when he teaches. With his job we have lived in five countries outside of the US since our first child was 4 months old.
Our unique situation gives our children the opportunity to learn about history and geography in a very hands on way. We could never put them in a classroom for 8 hours a day and make them miss out on all this life happening around them.
Besides, who would mop my floors for me if they were in school?