How Homeschoolers Can Teach Subjects They Don't Know
Are you intimidated by professionals who criticize you and say
that you're not able to provide an adequate education because
you don't have a formal education?
Look at the reality of the homeschool vs. the public school. The
majority of public school teachers have a formal education and
are credentialed by the State. But look at who is getting the
better education. Homeschoolers outshine their public school
counterparts on every level! It is the homeschooled child who
wins spelling bees, geography bees, and SATs.
Homeschooling parents can not and do not have to be experts in
every subject matter. When faced with teaching a course
unfamiliar to them, whether it be calculus or English grammar,
homeschoolers can take advantage of the flexibility of
homeschooling and the many resources available to them.
Here are some suggestions to help you handle subjects you don't
feel qualified to teach.
1. First of all relax and have faith in yourself! You will
always be the best teacher for your children. You have been
teaching them since their birth.
2. Join a homeschooling group or association that follows your
style and philosophy. You can find them on the internet or ask
the public school district office for a list or organization.
3. Other homeschoolers are your best resource. Don't hesitate to
ask how others have overcome a dilemma. They probably have dealt
with a similar challenge.
4. Network any way you can -- from the grocery store line to
5. Network online. Find blogs, homeschooling chat rooms, forums,
and discussion groups. Join in, share ideas, and see how others
handled dilemmas and challenges.
6. Get help from others. Schedule course time when other people
are available. Your spouse may be good at a particular subject.
A friend or colleague may be willing to teach your kids
calculus. Don't forget to pay them. If money is a problem, offer
to pay them with services. Or have your kids perform services to
repay them, such as moving lawns, washing cars, or cooking
meals. Be creative, bartering is a great way of payment.
7. Form a consortium and trade talents. You may have a gift for
math while another parent is good at science. Find out who is
good at what. A passion for a subject is more important than a
8. Hire a tutor. You can find tutors for a reasonable price at
the local public school. The school office usually keeps a list
of honor students who are willing to tutor. Sit in on the
tutoring sessions so you can learn along with your child.
9. Contact a tutoring center in your area. You can use them on a
one-time basis, periodically or for a long period of time. They
are great for troubleshooting and clearing up a confusion.
10. For more involved subjects like chemistry or physics, check
if your local community college offers courses for younger
students or has tutors for hire or trade.
11. Check out tutoring services online. Search under tutoring.
You have the power. Be creative and you will have bright,
inquisitive and well-rounded children. Trust yourself ... you
know what is best for your children!