Momma’s Intuition

“You may not have a Ph.d , or have been a teacher in a school before,

but you are a mom and this should give us some confidence when it comes to homeschooling.”

The full post can be found here.

The Jibbers is almost four years old. He has been speaking for less than a year and a half. He was a late bloomer in terms of language/verbal expression. But around two-and-half years he was an explosion of verbal waterfalls; he couldn’t say enough. Before that turning point we were worried. I was moreso because my husband, Josh, a former Navy-dude was on a nine-month, then a seven-month and then a three-month deployment, wasn’t able to see it.

However, even though the Jibbers didn’t speak till he was almost two-and-a-half years, he and I were able to communicate amazingly. His receptive skills were en par with what was developmentally appropriate and he spoke to me with his eyes and gestures. In the Islamic tradition, it is understood that the mother is the child’s first madressa or school. The mother is the child’s first teacher, from the moment she gives birth. Each moment is a lesson, each setting a classroom on life. The Jibbers was able to follow my directions and express to me what he needed or wanted. We danced a graceful dance of sorts completely in tune with one another. We did stumble, but were able to regain our momentum.

I think that it is this connection that I have with my son that helps me be a better homeschooling mom and his teacher. While he has taught me so much about life and myself, I feel that it is our relationship as mother and child that will help us make a great team as we go on this often scary, very exciting, and rarely dull journey called homeschooling.

I think moms make awesome teachers! Dads, too!

~ by Omaira on January 14, 2013.

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