If you plan on home schooling your child in high school, you may encounter a subject that you may not be qualified to teach. Even if you hold an advanced degree, you may be surprised how difficult it is to home school your child in some high school subjects. If this is a problem for you, consider one of these solutions.
One possible solution is to look for a home schooling family who you can team up with to cover difficult subjects. Each parent can be reponsible for one subject. You may not be able to teach calculus, but you may be able to home school both your child and another child in AP English. If you don’t know of a home schooling family in your area that can meet these needs, talk to your local home schooling organization for suggestions.
Another possibility is to hire a tutor. Not only will this ensure that your child gets individual attention, but will also expose him to a different teaching style. This difference in methods and perspectives can sometimes be helpful for your child, and consider this method as a means of preparing your child for multiple college professors. Of course, before hiring a tutor for home schooling, make sure to check references and periodically meet with the tutor. If your home school has a specific ideology or religious focus, be sure to let the tutor know before beginning.
Other home schooling families allow their high schooler to take advanced subjects at a local community college. This allows for advanced study in addition to the opportunity for your child to earn both high school and college credit. A local community college class can also encourage a student to take even more responsibility for his own school work. It can also show college admission’s boards that your child has not been receiving inflated grades while being home schooled.
If none of these solutions are appropriate for you, consider choosing less traditional curriculum methods. These include video or online courses. These courses can be graded by the producer of the course or the parent, depending on the type of course. They may require parent interaction as part of the course or require the student to partake in online class discussion. These courses can be an excellent opportunity for your home schooled child, but make sure you are sure of all of the course requirements before signing up.
A final solution is to learn the material before teaching your child. If you carefully plan your curriculum and have the time, most educated parents can conduct a refresher course to enhance their own understanding of the subject. Also consider taking a class if independent study is not your preferred method of learning. This method may not be appropriate if you are learning the subject for the first time, but may be perfect for home schooling parents who have simply forgotten the finer points of a subject.
Whatever method you use, your focus should be on providing the guidance to educate your child to meet your educational goals. Examine your goal plan each month and do not be afraid to ask for help from your local home schooling organization even mid year. There are many solutions available to help you and your child stay on track.