They say homeschooled parents are ill-equipped to teach… at least in some subjects. In some instances that may be true. While they may do just fine teaching kids what they know, they don’t have teachers credentials. But are credentials more necessary that good common sense when it comes to homeschooling? I doubt it. A parent with good commons sense can make up for missing credentials any day.
Question: How do you teach a subject you know nothing about to your homeschooled child?
Answer: There are several approaches to teaching a homeschooled child a subject you are not familiar with.
You can learn the subject with or ahead of your child. Just because a person does not know a subject to begin with does not mean they don’t have the capacity to learn it. Many homeschooling parents take the time to read ahead of the child and comprehend the subject matter before presenting it to the child. In my own personal case, I was rusty with pre-algebra with my first child’s and hired a tutor for him. However, I listened in and asked questions. This helped me teach pre-algebra to my second child with ease.
You can hire a tutor to teach your child. As I did with pre-algebra, you can pay someone who knows the subject to teach your child. This tutor can come to your home, the child can be taught in a co-op setting with a group of other homeschoolers.
Your child can teach themselves. Once a child has reached a certain level of maturity when they know how to research and study independently, they can teach themselves things their parents don’t know. Let’s take, for instance, the fact that my son is finishing his Trigonometry curriculum with 95% accuracy. I passed Trig 25 or so years ago with a 70. In other words, the only thing I know about the subject is that I don’t get it. I offered to call a tutor when I gave the book to my son and he said it was not necessary. Instead he tackled it on his own using the Internet to find instructional videos when he did not understand a concept. Every chapter test resulted in a 90-100% grade.
Enroll your homeschoolers in a class. There are many options for classes when a parent feels incapable of teaching a subject. They can take classes on line. They can take classes of local schools. They can take classes at local community colleges.
As you can see, the hardest thing about teaching your child a subject you don’t know is deciding you need help. Once you have done this, all you need to do is network with other homeschoolers to find the best tutor, resource, or class for your child.
If you have a homeschool curriculum question, feel free to leave it in the comments section. It will be answered expeditiously.