What options are there, do I get help? How can you homeschool unless you are REALLY clever and know everything?
Easily. Each family homeschools differently, the way you teach will be what is best for you. Also learning WITH your children is not a bad thing!
Some people do their homeschooling through a distance education school, where you are given targets and curriculum as well as a teacher. You are able to discuss learning and meet with your teacher to ensure everything is going smoothly. Distance education schools also help with your reporting and dealing with the department of education. If you are really worried about meeting the australian curriculum then distance education may be a good start.
When I was researching homeschooling I also found that you can purchase a full curriculum from a number of sources. If you are interested in a certain way of schooling (such as Montessori or Steiner) you should be able to find places that offer these options as well as more mainstream options too. Although I have not bought any of these myself, I understand these will give you enough structure and outcomes to ensure that your Home Education Unit (HEU) reporting is simple enough.
Many homeschoolers use different curriculum and ways of learning for each subject and child, finding the best curriculum for the child and their style of learning. There are so many out there that you may need to talk to other homeschool parents to help with your research! With this option you will need to keep track of what you do and compile a report for the home education unit (HEU) yourself.
And like us you may do something more varied like unschooling (which I have mentioned here) and there are also varying degrees of Unschooling. With technology I have found that if my children would like to learn something, all I need to do is google it. I have found that somewhere, something or someone will be able to teach me and them more or direct us to somewhere, something or someone who can. Doing your HEU report when your school is not structured is probably a little harder although completely achievable and we have only had good experiences with the HEU.
With each way of learning and teaching it does not matter if you personally know the content before you begin, learning something together is great. There are times that I will read and study just a little ahead of my children so I am able to answer their questions, for example when my daughter wanted to learn about butterflies I went to Teachers pay Teachers , Youtube and google to watch, read and downloaded a bunch of things for myself. I then used what I thought was appropriate for the children to set up a learning activity for them. It did not matter that the day before I had only a very basic idea on the subject. It is the same with any subject from Match and English to Art. There are other times that I simply learn it with them, we sit down and work it all out together.
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