Carnival of Homeschooling

The Faithful Homeschool is hosting the Back-to-School Carnival of Homeschooling with a focus on scheduling.

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  1. Just wondering how home schooled kids get their instruction in specialty subjects like Spanish, music, and physical education? As a trained teacher with much experience I still find it hard to teach certain subjects and often trade off with someone who is better or a specialist.

  2. Mark Roulo says:

    “Just wondering how home schooled kids get their instruction in specialty subjects like Spanish, music, and physical education?”

    We tend to farm it out to someone else. Homeschooling doesn’t mean that the parents have to teach all the subjects.

  3. Here are some examples of what they do:
    Foreign languages – software, coop classes, distance classes, parents teach (not everyone in the USA is monolingual), part-time enrollment in a school
    Music – music lessons (just like schooled children), coop classes, community orchestras/choirs/bands/theater, part-time enrollment in a school, parents (some can teach their children music)
    P.E. – community sports, dance classes, part-time enrollment in a school, martial arts, competitive sports training, coop classes, parents (some can coach their children in a sport)

  4. Deirdre Mundy says:

    At least around here, a lot of the homeschooling Moms are over-educated. So we have the Latin-major mom, the spanish-major mom, the Biochem mom, etc.etc.

    My husband and I can handle academics through Calculus and Latin and Greek, but we hire tutors for music, art, and sports.

    Also, at least in Indiana, 11th and 12th graders can enroll at the branch campus of the state college if their SAT scores are high enough. So I plan to have our kids take lab sciences and Calc+ over at Purdue. (Our branch campus is kind of Blah on English and History, though, so we’ll do those at home.)

    We also do a lot of museum memberships– many actually have programs for home-schoolers.

    One “problem” some relatives have complained about is that since we always pick the best tutor available for a subject, my kids have never gotten to experience a “bad teacher.” On the other hand, they’ve never had a bad Dr. or a bad Dentist either— or a bad mechanic, plumber, or electrician, so I’m not sure what the benefit of a lousy teacher is.

  5. Stacy in NJ says:


    Learning along side your kid can be fun. I “taught” Algebra I to my 7th grade while at the same time learning it with him. We used the same text and video tutor. It was challenging but productive.

    We used an online school for Spanish the utilizes a professional teacher. We used YMCA classes (guitar and keyboarding lessons) and Swim team for Music and P.E.

    Where there’s a will there’s a way.