This is post #6 in the series: Why do you need a tutor?
Why home school families need tutors:
Many of the reasons for needing tutoring help that have been given in previous posts also apply to the home school situation. But there are some challenges unique to home schooling:
- Home school parents may have strong skills in some subject areas but not in others.
- Parents may wish to hire a tutor to teach the children directly, or to help the parents upgrade. They may even teach the parents and children together.
- Emergencies may occur such as parental illness, the need for a parent to take on a job part way through the school year, and so forth. A tutor can easily step in and teach the children until the parent can resume.
- Home school groups may wish to hire a tutor to teach particular subject areas, such as senior secondary maths or sciences, a foreign language, or other specialty area which none of the parents is prepared to teach. In a group tutoring situation, individual tutor costs are often much lower as a group rate may be negotiated.
- Home school students may not end up with an official grade 12 certificate from their province or state. A tutor can help students prepare for the GED, PSAT, SAT, or subject-specific SATs which many universities will accept in place of a grade 12 certificate.
- Home school parents often do not know a great deal about learning styles and about the various possible teaching approaches (of which there are many). A tutor can inform the parent about these different approaches. He or she can also help the parent figure out which learning styles best suit each child in the family, and help the parent become a more effective teacher for each child.
- A home school parent may be feeling frustrated in their learning relationship with one or more of the children. Or a particular child may be having greater difficulty learning than the parent has anticipated. A tutor can help the parent assess the situation, and offer suggestions and help. Often, the tutor may work with the particular child so that the parent has the time and energy to help the other children; and at the same time, help the parent to learn more effective ways to work with the child in question, as well as with the children as a group.
- A tutor may be able to help you work with the local school district. Some jurisdictions require that you provide reports, portfolios and other proof of your child’s learning, and a tutor can help you ensure that you fulfill those requirements.
- Other jurisdictions allow you a great deal of freedom, and you may wonder, with so many choices, what to choose in the way of curriculum, resources, and teaching methodologies, and how to proceed. A tutor who specializes in home schooling can help you with these issues.
- A tutor can also suggest, and help you acquire, other outside help you may need. For example, the tutor may be able to help you arrange for your children to take particular classes at local public or private schools, or even college classes while still home schooling. They may be able to help you find employers who will provide your child with work experience opportunities, or even apprenticeships. They can also suggest professionals who can help with assessing special learning or other needs.
Question: What other needs have you discovered, as a home schooler, that a tutor could help you with? List them in the comments section below.
Homeschoolers in the Penticton area! If you’d like some tutoring help, or even some advice, support, and encouragement from a qualified teacher who has also been a home school parent for her 5 children in elementary and secondary grades, and who has also been a tutor and consultant for other home school families, be sure to check out my tutoring and contact information! You may also wish to check out some articles I’ve written about home schooling at another of my websites, here and here.