Parents often wonder about teaching “tough classes” in homeschool, like the ones many students take during the high school years. Topics like chemistry and calculus can make moms and dads nervous if they have never mastered these subjects themselves. And even if they have, they may feel rusty or out-of-date.
There is also the matter of time, since these classes can be rather time-consuming. Particularly in larger families and in homes where both parents work outside the house, it isn’t always possible to be primary teacher and hand-holder during every one of the tougher classes in high school. Besides, by the time students reach this age, lots of parents don’t want to, either.
Every parent has probably had this question at one time or another. I recently heard from a mom who said, “I want my daughter to get the best education she can but I don’t think that would be the case if I tried teaching her these courses.”
Luckily, when homeschooling, this is not a problem. Nobody knows everything. It’s OK. Modern homeschoolers have many choices when learning the tougher subjects.
- Partnering with other parents who possess the skills or expertise you lack, and group the students to learn the subjects together. You teach (or supervise) the classes you can, then ask other parents to teach the ones you cannot.
- Joining a homeschool co-op where these subjects are offered at the level your child needs. If no co-op exists, starting one isn’t difficult, either. In fact, starting one that offers exactly the topics your student needs to learn can be the perfect solution.
- Enrolling the student part-time at a local college, adult center, technical school or high school . Most communities offer courses in many subject areas for around the same price as a good textbook and answer key, or an online course.
- Purchasing curriculum products for high school credit. Courses exist for most anything a student might want to learn, from web design to playing the piano. Most include detailed lesson plans and resources, too, therefore students can usually work entirely on their own.
- Inquiring with a local support group or phoning a homeschool volunteer will often uncover other options that may not be as obvious. Connecting with other people is sometimes the only way to find out about people in the group or in the community who offer tutoring services, mentoring programs or might be willing to teach a subject to local school children who have an interest.
Don’t fear the high school years, as there are many solutions for teaching “tough” subjects. After helping to connect students to the world of available resources, parents may sit back and watch the learning take place, often without needing to be involved with delivering the difficult subjects at all.
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