Whether you work at home or outside the home, teaching your children may not be something you want to do. Shifting your authority as a parent to getting them to listen while you instruct them on schoolwork can be difficult. Couple this with the changes in how and what children are being taught today compared to your day, will require demands on you time so you can learn new things too.
Maybe you just aren’t cut out to be a teacher!
Whatever the reason, you do not have to be the one fully responsible for homeschooling your own children. There are established communities to help you with that.
Who Can Homeschool My Children?
During regular times you can find someone qualified to tutor your kids. Either someone who can come to your home or there is a small group of families who form a little “mini” school. Currently with the COVID issues this needs to be carefully assessed.
The person you hire to tutor should have satisfactory education and experience. You may prefer to hire a licensed teacher or not. Before making the final decision it may be helpful to check with your local education department to see if there are specific homeschool curriculum requirements.
Hiring an experienced teacher who comes from a formal background may not be suitable to your child’s needs either. Especially if your child needs more flexibility or attention.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Teacher
Right now with schools being closed and questionable whether they will open or not, you have a greater chance of finding someone for less money.
There are older teachers who don’t want to risk being in a public school environment all day. There are also high school and university students looking for work that may also be suitable.
Does a Homeschool Teacher Have to Come to My Home?
Having a teacher be attentive and teach one on one with your child may be preferable. This isn’t altogether necessary with all the various virtual platform abilities. You may choose to have them come once every few days for in-person instruction and build rapport with your child, then the other few days maintain distance instruction.
If you work outside the home and also need to have childcare then you can combine this with homeschooling needs. This means you will be hiring someone to tend to your child’s education and care for your child while you are at work.
This option doesn’t mean you need to pay for an expensive teacher also willing to baby-sit and keep house. You can find a child care person who will assist with setting your child up with their virtual tutor or online learning classes. They can also help to ensure homework is finished and ready for the following day while leaving the educational curriculum to the qualified virtual teacher.
Another money consideration is keeping tax records. Do you get to use it as an expense? Does the tutor have to claim it as income? This is something you might want to find out about before you start.
Finding Other Homeschool Parents
In your community there is the high probability that other parents are facing the same homeschooling issues. Check local message boards and Facebook for such people. If they have found a solution that appeals to you for their children maybe they can be persuaded to add your child to their homeschooling classroom.
One potential drawback to this is your child will be educated in the manner they have chosen to teach their children. Just be sure this is what you also want for yours.
Keeping Good Educational Records
Preparing to have your children homeschooled, whether or not you do it yourself, means keeping good records. Your local education department may require a specific curriculum for each grade to ensure your child is credited for their level of education.
There may be specific courses and textbooks as well as formalized testing required. These are all things you need to know. This way as your child progresses you will be able to produce the required forms and paperwork to ensure your child is advanced through the education system even while tutoring at home.
When someone else is homeschooling your children they will have a certain way of doing things. If you have special requirements or expectations, these should be made clear. Not all teachers have the same approach to education.
Understanding your own expectations can help to convey these to the educator. Things like course-load, subjects, time spent, breaks, food, and on and on. Being clear with yourself prior to hiring can help.
Important Legal Issues with Homeschooling Outsourcing
There may be important legal issues you need to find out about. Not only might there be tax implications but other considerations may include the following:
– home insurance policy
– child immunization requirements
– background checks on people being left alone with your children
Check with the appropriate authorities for all the above. There may also be other things to consider not listed here.
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