questions about homeschooling Answered
1. Where do I find curriculum?
There are several options for finding a homeschool curriculum. One of the best ways to find out about what curricula are available is to ask other homeschooling families. Each will have their own favorite curriculum or combination of different curricula. Some families go to homeschool conventions where curriculum vendors present the best of their wares. Other families search the internet for all or parts of their instructional material. In states where a free, online public education is offered, the department of education might even provide books, materials, even use of a computer. Libraries are a great source of educational material, especially where literature and history are concerned. For early elementary students there are many sources for basic math, spelling, and penmanship worksheets that can be printed from the internet. Don’t forget to include educational games as part of the curriculum for everything from multiplication tables to spelling and keyboarding games.
2. What if I can’t teach a subject?
Not every parent will feel comfortable teaching every subject. While most parents will feel comfortable teaching the basics to younger students, when it comes to advanced composition, calculus, or chemistry many parents feel like they are not qualified to teach their students. Other courses such as foreign languages or music instruction often require more teaching than a parent might feel comfortable with. The answer to this dilemma is to out-source. Check with local homeschool support groups to see if a co-op offers group classes. Check with the library to see if they offer courses. Many times college students earn money through tutoring so check with your closest college or university to see if tutors are available. Often checking with fellow homeschoolers will show a need and you might join with other families to fund a course. There are always people who are willing to pass on their knowledge, some for free, some for a fee. Ask around!
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