Can I really teach that difficult subject? Many homeschool parents struggle with this question. It is addressed in this article.
Q. I want to homeschool my child, but I don’t feel qualified to teach them. For example, I can barely help my daughter with her math now. How can I teach her a full year’s curriculum in this grade and future grades.
A. It is not what you know that makes you a good homeschooler. It is your ability to determine your strengths and weaknesses and fill in the gaps. This may mean hiring a tutor for certain subjects. It can also mean swapping services with another homeschooler or group of homeschoolers whose strengths are your weaknesses.
A homeschooling parent does not have to be super smart. In fact they can be quite average. They do have to be resourceful. They need to network with other homeschoolers to find out where classes may be offered in the community. They need to be able to approach people who may be able to teach their child, and interview and hire them.
Many homeschooling parents actually enjoy learning a subject ahead of their children. Whether they tackle it the summer before the child or whether they stay two chapters ahead varies, but they get great joy out of learning and then teaching new things.
In my personal experience, I have done a combination of things. History was not my forte’ so I put my kids in a fun program that though history and The Arts. When I felt I could not handle the math, I hired a tutor. When the children wanted to learn higher math’s on their own, I purchased video based curriculum. In he meanwhile, I mostly taught language arts myself, although the kids took a couple of fun writing classes through their arts program.
My advice is to examine the subject matter to be taught and then go ahead and teach those subjects that you are knowledgeable or passionate about. If your child is interested in learning something on their own, find curriculum that can be easily self taught. Finally find people to help teach those subjects you can’t help with, especially if your child is struggling with it.