Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach
Sometimes when I meet others, and they find out we homeschool, they say, “I’m so impressed! I could never homeschool my children. “ It’s usually at that time that I confess that I often don’t feel like I’m very good at it, even after 13 years. That’s when eyebrows go up in surprise, and I know what they’re thinking. How then, are my children learning?
It’s then I reassure them, just as I’ve reassured myself all these years. They are learning, but it’s not just because of my incredible ability to teach them everything. It’s because I’ve learned how to teach what I can, and then get help teaching everything else.
Team Up with a Friend
For example, although I can read music, I don’t know how to play the piano. So when it was time for my son to learn, he went to my friend’s house. She taught both her son and mine, and we even had recitals with refreshments.
Another friend loves everything nature. She was happy to do science experiments with them and lead them on hikes in the state parks, pointing out and explaining about all the wildlife they find – things I never knew.
Sign Up for Lessons
Of course, you can always sign up for lessons in art, music, and dance. If you’re on a limited budget, you might also consider bartering for lessons. I am always open to bartering when I teach art; for a while, I was trading art lessons for fresh homemade bread every week.
This is where my girls learned to sew! 4-H offers clubs in (seemingly) almost everything, including animals, crafts, art, music, carpentry, government, even public speaking. Leaders of the clubs are usually very knowledgeable and able to guide the students as they complete their projects.
Find a Co-op – or Create Your Own!
Long before we were regular members of a co-op, we met with other homeschooling families for extracurricular activities. We went on field trips together, and often one of the mom’s would plan a special day of learning. If you want something more structured, consider creating a more formal co-op. Decide which moms are best at math, history, or science, and set up some classes. In our area, many churches are open to letting homeschool co-ops use their facilities.
Do your kids learn from others besides you?
What ways have worked best for them?