I often hear, "I've thought about my homeschooling kids, but"
- I'm not a teacher. I do not know how to educate children.
- I don't know what to teach my child. What if I miss something and my child has a knowledge hole?
- I'm very good at English and history, but I can't imagine teaching Algebra.
- I don't know what the law is about home school.
While all these concerns are valid, you can easily overcome them with little research.
Homework law varies from state to state and you need to follow the rules of the state you are physically in. Some states have easier rules than other states. In Colorado, where I live, the rules go to school for a certain amount of time and keep records of it, send a letter to the school, and notify you that you are a home school and your child has a nationally approved standard test at the end of the 3rd, 5th, Classes 7, 9 and 11 and the child must pass the exam at or above 13 percent.
Search for your special laws on homework. I find resources on resources.com for this, because it has a link for each state in the full text of the law, if any, a summary of the law from the Home School Legal Defense Association and other useful links.
What should you teach your child?
The rules of thumb should teach the child at least reading, writing, math, science, history, sociology, art and music. Few people are diligent in all these matters, but that's okay. You can buy a fully developed curriculum that goes with you and your child through the learning process. If you do not want to buy a curriculum, you can design your own. You can make sure you do not forget any major topic by following the standards that almost all you need to teach.
How do you teach a child?
You don't have to be a certified teacher to teach children. What you need to be is patient, kind and understanding. That doesn't mean you have to be perfect. You just need to be aware. Learn to deal with your discontent yourself and not let your child experience them because your child will have his own frustration.
Most people have no problem teaching the first level. Some begin to have problems when their children encounter advanced math and science. Remember, you don't have to teach your children everything. You need to facilitate eating education though. So if you need help with stuff, consider these options:
- Municipal School
- Ask for someone's help in that field. Offer business.
- Homeschooling Cooperative