Do you think my high school graduate only mother can homeschool?

By | September 28, 2015

Hello,
I’m Steven, from CA. My siblings are going to be in eigth and seventh grade. I don’t want to sacrifice them PUBLIC SCHOOLS anymore. Is my mother quailified to teach them?

I do not know where to start.

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7 thoughts on “Do you think my high school graduate only mother can homeschool?

  1. James

    Yes she can these days there are tons of computer programs out there with online teachers for help she won’t even have to do anything now some programs can be kinda up there in price but cheaper than private schooling

  2. Nappy

    I think someone else is in charge. Your mom has to get the materials and she must ensure that she covers the appropriate curriculum. Otherwise, health, welfare, and attendance will report her.

  3. lf

    You bet! If she can read and follow instructions, she’ll be fine.

    My husband and I are college educated and homeschooled our 6 kiddos, but we know plenty of parents who have just high school diplomas who have very successfully taught their kids as well.

    Curricula come with such detailed teachers guides, and yes, there are loads of computer programs that are essentially teacher taught and online live courses with a teacher and other students. We took advantage of a couple of them for math and science in the high school years because I’m more of an English person, and it was a huge time saver for me.

    Our daughter won a National Merit Scholarship, but so did the child of some friends who didn’t go to college.
    It all depends on the parent’s level of diligence…teacher college teaches you to manage crowds better (speaking from personal experience, here) and focuses much less on the academics than most people would expect. Unless you’re going for a doctorate in a certain subject, a teaching degree (masters) basically means you took the same courses as your liberal arts friends with some “public school specialties” thrown in. (a simplification, but nonetheless basically true.)

    One final point…there’s something to be said for thinking as much about what homeschooled kids are NOT getting as well as what they are. You seem to have a great grasp of that already.

    Homeschooling has come a long way since we began 25 years ago. There are great support groups and lots of parents share responsibilities, e.g. “you teach Lit and I’ll teach Math to both our kids”.
    The flexibility of it is part of its beauty!

    You sound like a wonderful guy. So sweet to think of your siblings like this. <3
    Don’t worry- no reason your house can’t have a very successful homeschool!! :-)

    p.s. start at HSLDA (goolge them) They can tell you what the state regulations are and help you find a local support group and they in turn can assist you in curricula. Good luck!

  4. Kat-Is it really seven inches

    Check with your state laws. Some actually require a home educating parent possess a degree in teaching. Most states, however, only require a high school diploma or equivalent. At your siblings’ ages I’d highly recommend a complete curriculum or accredited online program.

  5. sha_lyn68

    Yes your mother can “homeschool” your siblings in CA. CA does not have any parental educational requirements. The problem in CA is that homeschooling is not a legal term used in the educational codes. What is legally considered homeschooling in most US states would fall under the unaccredited private school laws in CA. Thereforere many will makassumptionsns about homeschooling in CA such as it idifficultlt to do, parents must be teachers etc.

    Kat is incorrect. Not state in the US requires that a parent have a degree in education or teacher certification to homeschool. A couple of state have fewer regulations and/or oversight for those that do, but it is not the only way to homeschool in those states.

    The first place you need to start is the beginning to hhome schoolinfo and the CA specific in at A to Z:
    http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/

  6. TeachMom?2

    Hello Steven,
    Here’s the California state laws: http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/California.pdf
    They are pretty easy to follow. There are no teacher requirements for Mom. She just needs to file an annual afidavit as a “private school” between Oct 1-15 (all independent homeschoolers in CA are considered private schools), teach the required subjects: English, mathematics, social sciences, science, fine arts, health, physical education, and maintain attendance for 175 school days per year.
    No standardized testing is required, and no teacher certs are required when teaching your own children. I’d encourage her to maintain a portfolio of your siblings work over the years, including samples of their writing, and other activities. This isn’t for your state, but can be a great asset when applying for colleges.

    She can choose from a variety of curriculum. Google homeschool curriculum and see what is out there. I’d recommend teaching textbooks for math. http://teachingtextbooks.com/ The student views the instructional DVD, completes the lesson on the computer, and the computer grades the work for you. Miss a question??? Just watch the solution to learn where you made your mistake. Once your 8th grade sibling finishes with the grade, the 7th grader can re-use it the following year.

    Studies show that there is no difference in test scores between homeschooled students taught by parents with a high school diploma, college degree or even a teaching certificate.
    http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000010/200410250.asp
    http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/200908100.asp
    http://www.hslda.org/docs/study/ray2009/2009_Ray_StudyFINAL.pdf

    The results of these studies indicate that the academic success of the homeschool student is not affected by the amount of money spent of the homeschooling program, the educational level of the homeschooling parent, nor the amount of regulations placed upon the homeschooling family by the state. On average the standardized test scores of the homeschooled student is about 20% higher than the public school’s average test scores. It is believed this is due to the dedication of most homeschooling parents to ensure their students excel. That means if Mom has weak math skills she will do whatever it takes see that her students gets the instruction that she cannot provide herself. Some will work through a CoOp, others enroll their child in an online school for that subject or a college class, or they call a neighbor when they need help. But they get it done!

    Here’s a few sites to get you started locating curriculum:
    http://www.homeschoolcurriculumshop.com/store.html Offers a varitey of packages to meet your learning and budget needs

    http://www.curriculumservices.com/ Offers computer and traditional textbook options to meet your needs.

    http://www.successful-homeschooling.com/secular-homeschool-curriculum.html

    Some Christian Curriculum Options:
    Alpha Omega Publications http://www.aophomeschooling.com/
    ABeka http://www.abeka.com/HomeSchool/
    Christian Liberty: (cheaper than ABeka) but just as good. christianlibertypress.com

    Independent Vendors:
    LearningThings.com
    RainbowResources.com
    Timberdoodle.com

  7. Mackenzie

    Sure she can homeschool.

    Being qualified to teach and homeschooling your kids are two different things.

    To be qualified to teach is only necessary for an institution (and even then a large portion of teachers do not teach in the area in which they majored in). Mostly what is necessary are skills in planning and working within the institution, and classroom management.

    Studies on peer tutoring show us, however, that subject-matter expertise and teacher training do not trump individual attention and going at one’s own pace.

    A homeschooling mom doesn’t have to work within an institution or manage a classroom. There are different ways to approach learn, and giving direct instruction is only one way. Other approaches may include using computer software, pre-packaged curricula, educational videos/DVDs, tutors, co-ops, classes at community centers, museums, etc. or just finding a friend who knows better.

    As long as your mom can keep on top of things and facilitate their education she’ll be fine. She doesn’t have to be highly educated herself. There are a lot of very intelligent, capable people who never went to college.

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