Did you fail Algebra? Maybe you didn’t read until you were well into third grade, or you barely managed to pass English. Does this mean you aren’t qualified to teach your child?
Some parents agonize over whether or not they are qualified to teach their children at home. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you have to know everything first, and then pick and choose from this extensive knowledge and teach your child, like picking books off of a shelf. But really, you’d probably be better off picking out actual books!
This is because no one knows everything…not even certified teachers!
But what about methods and techniques of teaching? If you’re not a teacher, how do you know how to teach?
These are just some of the issues and dilemmas that parents face when they consider homeschooling. Here are some tips and discussions on how you, as a parent, can know whether or not you are qualified to homeschool your child.
Knowledge of Your Child
No one knows a child like his or her parents. Even the most well-meaning teacher does not have the personal interest in your child that you do. That’s just how parenting is – you have unique insights into what makes your child tick (or that stops his clock) that you may not be able to put into words. But that insight will hold you in good stead as a homeschooling parent.
As noted above, you can’t be expected to know everything or even to learn everything beforehand. You and your child can learn some subjects together, and/or you can seek out resources other than yourself to teach your child about something. For instance, if your child is very interested in chemistry but it was not your strongest subject, look up chemistry lessons online or check out DVDs from the library; find local tutors; and check out books to help you teach the subject.
Another great resource is other homeschoolers. It’s amazing how many experts and knowledgeable people there are in so many fields. Think how much more true to life such a learning scenario is than a classroom slide show or textbook.
The Power of Information
We live in an information age. If it’s not at the library, it’s on the internet; and the library is probably on the internet, too! We live in a time when it’s easier than ever to find the information you need to educate your child. Remember, you don’t have to know everything. You just have to know where to find it.