I wish I knew it all. I want to teach my daughter too many things! Lizzie is 5 years old and has a hunger for math and science. I am naturally inclined in reading and writing. As I sit her down for an art project together, she starts to ask me math questions.
Seriously, Lizzie? We are doing fun art and you want to make it a math question?
I am so proud of her. And then it hits me – I can help her with math now, but when she is older? What then?
I also want to teach her to appreciate different cultures, different lives. I want her to learn geography, geometry, and how our world works. These are all things I just don’t understand myself.
And I don’t want to just rely on her teachers either.
Then, it dawned on me.
I can learn with her!
They say the best teachers are also the best students. Teaching someone a subject is one of the best ways to learn it yourself. As she is learning a new subject that is difficult for me, I can actually ask her to teach it to me and it will help her!
I am also going to keep asking friends and family for help. I have a husband that is naturally a whiz at math and science. He teaches her all these little facts and they do math problems together. I have other friends with children and they teach me games we can play to learn new concepts.
The biggest thing I learned? To not let my lack of knowledge keep me from being involved in that part of my child’s education.
How do you teach your child what you do not know?