But I'm Not an English Teacher

But Jess, I'm not an English teacher, I didn't go to college, I suck at grammar, English isn't my first language, I don't even like to write, or insert any other reason why you might feel ill-equipped to guide your high schooler when it comes to language arts.


While I personally have a little bit of college under my belt and I do enjoy writing (it's my outlet and how I process things) I am not at all a professional. And I knowingly break a lot of English "rules" because I tend to write in a conversational tone basically writing out my thoughts straight from my. head. As if being my own biggest critic isn't enough when you've had the grammar police come after you on social media it can often feel intimidating when it comes time to correct or teach things like essay writing.


As I mentioned in my last blog post a majority of our language arts has been pretty informal up to this point and as we enter these high school years I want to be sure to help lay a good foundation for whatever might be next on our kiddo's journey. Whether she decides to pursue higher education or not I want to make sure that we have at least covered the basics.


Yes, it is an option to outsource a subject like this with an online class taught by a professional but sometimes for a myriad of reasons that just isn't the right fit. But we are so lucky to live in a time when technology is easily accessible and free resources are readily available! Sites like Grammarly, Writer, and Ginger Software can help take the guess work out of it. These free sites can assist you in making corrections and suggestions on things like essays, paragraphs, and book reports. Whether you're uncertain about comma rules or word choice these are great sites that can help guide You in the right direction. Most of these sites also have a paid side that offer even more help should You feel that necessary.


We don't have to reinvent the wheel, we don't have to be conventionally smart, we don't have to like a subject and we certainly do not have to be good at it to be equipped to help guide our kids through their educational journey. Homeschooling kids can be quite the undertaking. It can be feel intimidating and overwhelming at times. But I believe that when we give ourselves permission to not have to know everything it takes the pressure off in a major way.


In addition to that what if we just admitted to our kids that we don't know everything, that we are learning right alongside them, and growing together? How might that affect our approach, empathy, and overall "success"?