Homeschooling – How to Teach Subjects You Don’t Know or Enjoy
When you are a homeschooling parent, it can be a challenge to teach your children subjects you are not familiar with or you don’t like to teach. For example, do you know enough about Science to teach your children all about chemicals and do experiments with them?
This can be a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be a huge hurdle. There are a couple of solutions to your problem. These are easy fixes and something you can use year after year.
More than likely, there are other homeschooling families in your community. In most areas, there are several homeschool support groups set up. If you don’t have a homeschooling support group locally, you should consider starting it yourself. It is nice to have others to talk to about the challenges you may be having.
Once this support group is in place you can bring it up to the group that you are facing a challenge in a certain subject. Ask if it would be possible for you to bring your children to the home of someone that is better at that subject than you are. In turn, you could do the same for others in the group that may face a similar situation with a different subject. This is usually referred to as a homeschool co-op. Some homeschooling support groups have these set up already. If not, you could initiate this in your group. Using this support group is also good if you are having problems with one part of a subject that you are usually pretty good at.
Another option is to have your children use online courses for the ones that you are not to good at or don’t like to teach. Just because they are using the computer and taking an online course doesn’t mean they aren’t being homeschooled. You are still at their side and you are still helping them with the assignments and such. But, you don’t have to do the teaching and you don’t have to worry about teaching it in a way they will understand and hope you are teaching it correctly.
Another option is for you to send your children to a public or private school for that particular class. This may be the only option you have if you live in a smaller community and nobody else homeschools their children. This is not a bad thing either. When you acknowledge to yourself and your children that you don’t feel comfortable teaching a certain subject, you are showing them the importance of their education by finding an alternative approach.Your kids don’t have to learn everything from you just because they’re homeschooling.
One last option is to take classes yourself so that you will be able to improve your skills and feel more comfortable when you teach the subject. You want your children to succeed and sometimes improving your own skills is the only way this will happen. For many homeschooling families, learning is a way of life. It is a lifelong habit! Some homeschooling parents love the fact that they are able to revisit their own education while teaching their kids.
Homeschooling your children is wonderful experience for both and a great way for you to be a huge part of your children’s education. It’s also a way for you to have control of what your children are learning and for you to teach what you feel is important and a must in their education.