When you started considering homeschooling did you wonder about how you would teach those difficult subjects that are not your strong subject, or that you failed at yourself at school? Were you afraid that your child would miss out because you couldn’t teach him?
Homeschooling doesn’t mean that your child needs to miss out on what you can’t teach him. You can still cover subjects that you don’t know much about yourself. There are ways to do this. For example:
• You can get others to teach those subjects for you. For example, you decide to pay for organised swimming lessons or games. If high-school math is not your strong point then you can pay for a math tutor or an on-line course for your child.
• Another way to do things is to trade lessons and skills. So if you are good at math and your friend is strong in a second language or science then you could arrange to teach each other’s children at a given time each week.
It is important to remember that your child doesn’t have to do everything during his childhood. I took up pottery at evening class when I was twenty. I started learning piano when I was thirty-five. I paid for my own horse riding lessons when I thirty-seven. Your child isn’t going to stop learning when she is 16 or 18 or even 21. You and your children have a lifetime for learning ahead of you. What a wonderful thought!
It’s also very helpful to keep in mind that no matter what you do there will always be gaps in any child’s education. This isn’t to discourage you but rather to encourage you. Any time you realise that a certain topic isn’t being covered just remember that it’s okay. If the subject is really important you can make a space for it, and if not, then rest in the knowledge that you would never be able to cover everything. But you are working at doing the best job of educating your child that you can.
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