I’ve come across lots of homeschooling moms online who were teachers before they decided to homeschool. It’s easy to see the teacher in them coming through in their posts, pictures, and creations. Here are ten signs a homeschooling mom was a teacher first. (And, yes, I’m one of them, too!)
1. She has a love affair (bordering on serious addiction) with organizational materials.
2. If she taught elementary school, she’s probably doing circle time with her children.
Complete with calendar time.
3. You can find pocket charts in her home and they are in use.
4. She creates and sells printables that look professionally designed.
This includes cute clip art and all sorts of nice fonts. Nothing looks slapped together or uses clip art from the last century.
5. She talks about literacy, not language arts.
6. She has a system for everything.
She’s a planner, keeps written lesson plans, and is the master of routines. She thinks nothing of educating three or four kids at once because it’s the same in many ways as rotating her class through center time. Nothing looks out of place in her pictures and it probably looks that way most of the time at the end of the day. Old habits die hard.
7. She has more children’s books in her home than the local library.
The vast majority of them came from Scholastic or Amazon.
8. She is intimately acquainted with where to find the little things.
This includes Oriental Trading Company and often features items she purchased there when discussing their learning activities. She also knows the location of every dollar store and Target dollar bin in a twenty mile radius.
9. Her learning room has decorated walls.
Because she definitely has a learning room. These walls are adorned with:
- alphabet charts
- number charts
- and (more) pocket charts.
10. She knows how to celebrate every season and holiday that comes along.
She can instantly pull out resources from her files for each and every one whether it is:
Were you a teacher before you became a homeschooling mom? How has your teacher experience carried over into your homeschool?