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One misconception about homeschooling parents is that they feel confident teaching every subject to their child. From math to music, theyíve got it covered! Nothing could be further from the truth, as we cannot all be Thomas Jefferson. Every homeschooling parent has to solve the problem of how to educate a child in an area where the parent is weak. Letís discuss some options for handling this issue.

Enroll them in a class for that subject
a) Depending on your state laws and individual school district policies, it is possible to send your child to public or private school for an individual subject. High school Chemistry? Send them to school for that! Likely, your student will need to enroll at the school and adhere to the attendance schedule, same as other students.
b) Look into community college options for your teenager. You can probably sit in and audit, along with your teen. Plus, there might be college credit available!
c) Look into continuing education opportunities in your community. Maybe the subject is listed there and would work for you.

Find a mentor
a) Ask your uncle, the retired music history professor, to spend some time on a regular basis with your little music buffs.
b) No relative with expertise in the area concerned? Contact someone in music and find out what they might charge for the job of working with your student. Make it a regular appointment.
c) Go big and look online for a personality in the field. Have your student reach out and ask them to mentor them. Who knows?

Learn with your student
a) Commit to learning along with your budding writer, even if writing has never been your bag. Meet with the mentor together and do the assignments with your student.
b) Read the learning tools (textbook, online program, etc.) along with your child and work together.
c) Get excited about it Ė they will, too!

Teach your student how to study and learn

This is perhaps, the most important point. If your child is learning how to study, and how to make time to learn, then they will be able to tackle difficult areas of study, at least in the beginning, on their own. So, in some respects, the subject area isnít as important as the method, which is the same whether tackling geometry or philosophy.

a) Does your child know how to read?
b) Can your student take notes, discern, and discuss important points and ideas?
c) Can he or she articulate questions about what is not understood?

These are just some ideas for handling areas in which you might not feel adequate as a parent-educator. There are more and Iíll share them as I learn them. You see, Iím still learning, tooÖ

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