What If I Don’t Feel Qualified to Teach My High Schooler About Certain Subjects?/
What If I Don’t Feel Qualified to Teach My High Schooler About Certain Subjects?
First, do not panic if you do not feel qualified to teach your high schooler about certain subjects. Not everyone does, so you are by no means alone.
Ideas for Teaching a Tough Homeschool Subject
Sometimes we just need a little encouragement to tackle a subject WE feel intimidated about teaching. Maybe it has been a while since you studied a particular subject. You can always brush up at Khan Academy or any of the many other resource sites available via the Internet. You can access textbooks and other resource at the local library, and many times on the Internet as well. You might have friends who can help. Another great option is actually learning alongside your child. It’s a great way to model study habits!
Online classes are another good option for many homeschool high school students. There are certainly several available. Our Homeschool High School Curriculum Directory is a great place to source classes, curriculum, and resources.
Post an ad for a tutor. Sometimes local colleges have students who tutor. Check local schools for teachers who also tutor.
Ask for Help From Other High School Homeschool Families
If learning alongside your kids does not thrill you, local homeschool co-ops are another great choice. Some co-ops require you to teach a class or help in some fashion in order for your kids to participate and others do not. Be sure to ask upfront. Try Googling homeschool co-ops in your area.
Check with your local homeschool support groups for suggestions. Homeschool parents are usually quite encouraging and very helpful. Rarely are they shy when it comes to helping other homeschooling families, so do not hesitate to ask for help. You just might find a homeschool parent willing to help or or act as a tutor. Perhaps you can trade out–you tutor their child in a subject they need help with and they can tutor your child in the subject you need help in.
There are so many options available to homeschool high school students and parents today. You do not have to carry the entire burden of teaching your child…reach out.
Jackie, a former public and private school teacher, enjoys homeschooling her 16 year old daughter via Time4Learning's new high school courses and other supplementals. Jackie keeps busy writing study guides, educational articles, and literature units for various online education companies as well as acting as an online marketing consultant. She is a contributing author at 3 D Learners.