What About Teaching High School Subjects?

Have you wondered how parents can teach a subject they don’t know? For many homeschool parents, this is their objection to homeschooling high school. They are afraid they won’t be able to teach their students what they need to learn.  After all, unless you majored in math in college, not many adults remember advanced topics such as calculus and trigonometry, right?

High School Subjects

Some parents solve the problem by studying ahead and learning all the material so they feel ready to teach it when the time comes. I don’t know about you, but that is NOT how I wanted to spend my summer vacations when we were homeschooling. Fortunately, I realized that I didn’t need to know a topic in order for my children to learn it.  I just needed to provide the right curriculum—one that didn’t assume that the teacher was an expert in the subject! One of our goals for our high school-aged children was for them to become independent learners, because let’s face it, when they got to college, mom wasn’t going to be there holding their hand, reading them the text, and helping them do the problems.  At that point, they would need to know how to learn on their own. So for the subjects I didn’t know well, we set about finding curriculum that was created for self-learners.

For science, we used Apologia Physics, and it was wonderful. My younger son was taking pre-calculus at the same time, and my older son was taking Calculus. They both did VERY well in our homeschool, just learning it for themselves. The next year, they started dual enrollment at community college, and took “Engineering Physics,” which is the next level in physics taken at college. They both got excellent grades, so I know they really did know the material.

My engineering son took physics in college, and I frequently found his Apologia book open on his bedroom floor. Apparently he referred to it many times, because he liked the way that it explained the concepts better than the way his professor did. He also told me that most of his college lab assignments were experiments that he had done in high school.

You don’t have to learn physics in order for your student to learn physics, unless you really want to!

You don’t have to know it…
You don’t have to study it…
You don’t even have to teach it…
Just make sure THEY learn it!


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