Do I have to personally home-school my child, or can someone else do it?
Once we have children, my husband & I wish to have them home-schooled. But I seriously doubt my abilities to adequately teach every subject to my child. Is there a network of home-schooling here in Seattle where I won't have to personally teach my child myself, but have someone else do it?
Seattle is a " happening " city..............I expect that there are those who would answer your call.............
But, IF, you are going to PAY someone to homeschool your child......................what is your beef with tax dollar supported public education?
Breakfast, lunch, after school care..........
Either you are a hands on parent, or you pay someone else to do it.
THAT is the bottom line, that is in question.
I was asking this question specifically hoping that folks who have had homeschooling experience would answer. Do you have any personal experience in the area of homeschooling? Because it doesn't sound like you do. Perhaps I should have stated that in the question.
I don't necessarily have a "beef" with the public school system, except for the fact that I hated my school years and how there was absolutely no room for any other learning styles except a strict, sit-silently-in-your-seat for hours at a time and listen to your teacher lecture. I believe there are ways to accomodate other students' learning styles while providing a challenging, stimulating educational experience.
My husband was homeschooled by his mother and he is incredibly smart and well-rounded, with knowledge in all subjects.
I, however, a public school system child, lacked basic math skills and had to take remedial math in college, just to catch up. And even after that, I did not score very well on the Grad School GRE test, and may explain why I could not get in after 2 yrs. of trying.
My husband's family has extensive experience homeschooling, and there are networks and organizations of homeschooling families that go do educational things together to fulfill requirements enforced by the state.
It is not a matter of whether or not I want to be a "hands on" parent or not. And wanting to homeschool my child, but not being confident in my teaching abilities does NOT make me a hands-off parent, and I know many homeschooling advocates who would strongly take issue with you if you say such things. As a matter of fact, I feel that being involved in the homeschooling process (on any level) would make me a much more hands-on parent than most!
I simply know myself well enough to know that I would not be a good teacher for my child, but I wish something more for them than a public school education, which, in my experience, was quite lacking.
And I never said that I wanted to pay someone to watch my child for breakfast, lunch, and after school care, as you implied. And you are also assuming that having someone else homeschool my child would cost money, but it would only cost to have a "supervising" teacher to help me prepare lesson plans if I taught my child.
So please do not rudely and meanly criticize me and my personal reasons for wanting to homeschool my child, when you do not know me or much about homeschooling.
I home schooled my daughter all the way through high school.
It depends on what state you live in. Every state has their own requirements and you can contact your state department of education or you may be able to find out from a local home schooling association.
In Texas, you can have anyone instruct your child, certified teacher or not, that you choose. Texas is one of the most home school friendly states in the country and Alaska is pretty good too.
When I home schooled my daughter, I did most of the instruction, wrote my own curriculum, but did engage tutors for algebra and geometry. These tutors were not certified teachers, but simply very good in math so that they knew what they were doing.
You can probably find out Washington state home school requirements with a little research on the Internet. Google and other search engines are a wealth of information.
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