One of the biggest criticisms of homeschool naysayers and one of the biggest concerns of homeschool parents are one in the same. Each asks how it is possible to teach a subject you do not know. If you are homeschooling a preschooler through elementary student, you not have asked yourself this question just yet. However, as time goes on and you are responsible for the education of a junior high school or high school student you may begin to tremble in fear at the thought of teaching higher math or science. You may feel lost when teaching the importance of the Rosetta Stone or how to teach Logic 101. Homeschooling is not a maze of confusion that you simply feel your way out of in time.
I will say that as I embark on teaching a junior high student for the first time, I have wondered if I would be capable of the task. I wanted to be certain I could prepare her for high school. I have heard the comments from those who simply gave up homeschooling at this phase because they felt it was too difficult. I have been asked how I can expect to teach subjects that I either did not take or did not excel in during my education. I was told outright by someone that the task was simply impossible and I should just throw in the towel.
If you decide to send your children to school, that is fine but please do not do so under the false assumption you cannot educate him adequately. This fear is one that falls on every homeschooler at one time or another. I felt that fear and I heard the criticisms yet I knew there had to be answer. After all, many children have been homeschooled throughout their education and turned into fine adults. Could I not be one of those parents who successfully educates a junior high or high school student? Why not?
The answer is surprisingly simple! You may need help. It is okay to seek help for your student outside your own home. What are your options? Some school districts or private schools will allow you to enroll your child into one or two classes. I know of two private schools in my area who do so and another school outside of my state does as well. You can join co-ops where parents who are well versed in math can teach your child while you can teach in a subject you feel comfortable. Look into your local YMCA, as they often have classes for homeschoolers such as foreign language. Expose your children to summer camps at private schools that focus in math, writing and science. While that is not a full year’s study, it will expose them to a different way of learning and more resources. Do not forget about the internet, it’s not just for checking email. There are plenty of online classes for homeschooled children, CurrClick being one who offers plenty of class by class opportunities. You can also look into purchasing DVD programs for your child in one or several subjects. Bob Jones is one curriculum that offers that option for your student. You have viable options if you are focused on continuing to homeschool your student past elementary school.