It makes little difference in who you are, or how long you've been homeschooling, most parents have asked at least once, "How Do I Teach (fill in the blank)?" Fortunately, we live in an amazing age, where homeschooling continues to be on the rise. That means, there is support to be found most anywhere in the world, whether through co-ops, Facebook, Twitter groups, and more.
Every day, when I scroll through the social media feed in the various homeschool groups that I am a part of, there are numerous requests for help in any number of subjects. It might be Math, Science, Art or Physical Education, whatever it is, parents are anxious over what they perceive to be their weakness.
I'm not here to offer you a step by step how to guide on any one specific subject. I'm here to say that if there is that trouble spot for you, and let's face it, we all have at least one, there are solutions for you.
Normally, when we aren't living under the constraints of a Covid-19 pandemic, there is the option of joining a homeschool co-op. Depending on your state and its restrictions, this still may be a possibility for you. For those of you new to homeschooling, a co-op is a group of families that come together as a group, with parents teaching various classes. Typically, they meet once a week for class, and students have the rest of the week to complete assignments. We've joined co-ops at different times, and found them a great way to tackle subjects that I wasn't the most confident in teaching.
If a co-op isn't possible for your family, you might still get together at a pre determined time with one or two other families, and have another parent teach a tricky subject, and maybe you then teach a subject that they aren't confident in teaching. I've known several homeschooling friends that have done this with success.
Another way to go is online classes, whether live or self paced. The majority of curriculum companies are now providing online instruction that include lectures, assignments, tests, and grading. It doesn't get simpler than that. This is what we prefer to do for both Math and Science, and it takes a whole load of stress off of all of us.
Whatever way you choose, don't forget that one of the greatest aspects of learning at home, is that we can learn all over again with our children. That is one of the things that I love so much about homeschooling. Above all else, remember that it's your relationship with your kids that is most important. You can do this parents!
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