What if Mom Hates the Subject She is Teaching?

What If Mom Hates the Subject She is Teaching - how to outsource as a homeschool mom | RaisingArrows.netI know “hate” is a strong word, but it’s hard to come up with another word.  Some academic subjects just aren’t beautiful homeschooling moments.

Now, a few years ago I might have dismissed the notion that mom couldn’t or shouldn’t teach every subject, but now that I have high school and jr. high students, I’ve changed my tune.

Just as government schools don’t have one teacher teach everything, homeschool moms need not feel they have to be the one to teach everything.

This is especially true when you yourself struggle with one of the subjects you are needing to teach.  Perhaps you even “hate” that subject.  This is where outsourcing as a homeschool mom comes in.

Ways to outsource

*Find a local professional –  This can come in the form of other parents at the local homeschool co-op who have expertise in a certain area or businessmen and women who are willing to tutor your child or teach them a trade.

Examples from our homeschool:
-We take American Sign Language from a Deaf woman at a local church.
-We are a part of a Keepers of the Faith group where each of the moms take turns leading a certain skill.

*Find an online professional – In this day and age, you can find more and more professionals online willing to help homeschoolers.  This would be someone like a music teacher or foreign language teacher, a writing tutor or a speech therapist.

Examples from our homeschool:
-My daughter takes French from a French Canadian living in Nepal via Skype and iTalki.com.

*Use computer programs –  You can piece out computer curriculum to fit your needs or buy individual subjects that are taught via computerized lessons.  Curriculum like Switched on Schoolhouse and programs like Rosetta Stone are examples of this.

Examples from our homeschool:
-Two of my children have taken Spanish via Rosetta Stone.

*Use online programs – This is similar to computer programs you buy and download except these are online and are continuously being updated.

*Use online classes –  Many curriculum companies are now offering online classes based on their textbooks.  This is particularly helpful when you know the material is solid, but you aren’t sure you can solidly teach it or answer the questions your child may have.

*Use YouTube – I’ve mentioned before how I am pretty sure everything you need to know can be found on YouTube.  If you get stuck or need a less stressful way to teach a subject, look it up on YouTube!

And most importantly…
Don’t let your dislike of a subject affect your child!

My biggest word of caution concerning your distaste of certain subjects is to not let that affect your child’s view of that subject.  Before you fall apart, use one of the ways above to lower your stress level and avoid influencing your child’s opinion of that subject.

I’ve also noted how subjects I hated in high school are not nearly so detestable now that I’m a homeschooling mom.  I’m getting an education right alongside my children!  Don’t be surprised if your “hated” subject suddenly stops being so hateful.

Enjoy the journey!

This post has been underwritten by CTC Math

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If you’ve been reading Raising Arrows for very long, you know Pinterest is one of my favorite homeschooling tools.  Today, I’m going to give you some ideas for using Pinterest
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Often, I receive emails from young moms crying out for an older woman to be a Titus 2 mentor to them.  Years ago, I wrote about how you should not
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