One of the things new homeschoolers sometimes worry about is teaching subjects they don’t know anything about. Whether it’s math, writing, wood-working, video editing or anything else, potential homeschoolers and newbies may fear courses they cannot teach.
There is also the matter of topics that parents just don’t want to teach on their own. For me, it was animal biology lab; for you, it could be something else — take sewing, drawing or computer programming, for example. Personally, the thought of dissecting earth worms, frogs, and fetal pigs made me cringe. And though I secured a virtual dissection program, I just didn’t feel it would offer the same experience as hands-on. Finally, when a friend suggested I get free eye balls from the butcher to save money on lab specimens, that cinched it. I wasn’t teaching biology lab.
Many parents have courses that they’d just prefer not to teach. The fact is, not everyone is going to be good at teaching everythinganyway. It’s just silly to think that homeschool parents can do everything themselves.
So what if your children like a subject that you can’t teach? Or what if your kids love a topic that you simply find distasteful? And — worse – what if one of those courses is required?
Here’s the good news — homeschooled kids don’t have to miss out on courses just because parents aren’t able to teach them. In today’s world of homeschooling, there are many, many other ways to learn material than from just mom or dad.
In my case, I decided to farm out the biology class. Given my experience during the “bug years” (during which I blocked out most unpleasant memories but do recall being appointed to do things like dig entire ant colonies out of the ground and look for the queens under rocks at dawn), I decided this would be the best course of action for my family. Because the creepiness factor was multiplied exponentially for biology in my case, having my children learn the subject from someone who was enthusiastic about it was very important to me, especially because I knew some of them would really like it. So, I combined books with cooperative experiences and an honors biology course. And we had a much better result –just ask my kids.
With the myriad of options available to homeschoolers today, parents needn’t worry about teaching something they can’t. The hundreds of curriculum products, virtual course options, private classes and at-home study programs make it simple for homeschoolers to learn in many different ways. They’ll not only learn from an expert, but receive much more comprehensive coverage and in-depth study than learning from someone whose heart isn’t really into it. They’ll be proud to have completed the experience entirely on their own (or maybe with another sibling?) rather than relying solely on mom or dad to help. Plus, once an older child has completed a course this way, he’ll be able to help younger siblings when they reach the course — a guarantee that mom or dad will never have to teach it again!