Does anyone use a private tutor for homeschooling? What about self-made community schools? - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 6 Old 06-06-2011, 02:38 AM - Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any experience hiring a private tutor instead of doing the homeschooling yourself? I think I'd be an awful teacher. I lack the patience, and have other things I'd rather be doing with my time. I'm willing to pay for a good teacher, though. If you've done this, how did it work out for you?


I'm doubling up the questions for efficiency, so here's question two: has anyone ever created their own homeschooling community school? I'm thinking of rounding up one or two more kids and having all the parents chip in toward paying the tutor. I think this could be a great thing, so if you'd done this (or if you've homeschooled other kids with your own), please fill me in on downsides.



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I am currently looking for a math tutor for my daughter. I love homeschooling, but I have dyscalculia and can't teach math because I don't understand it! Which is a terrible shame, because math is my daughter's favorite subject, and she'd do it all day long if she could.


Creating a homeschool community is possible, but there are also charter schools from home out there, some of which offer in-school classes some of the time. Many homeschool coops meet once a week or so, and organize some classes. I haven't heard of a format where, for instance, each parent teaches one subject to all of the kids in a coop, but if you have a group that is on board, that could work nicely I guess.


I see you're in the UK - that makes things a bit different. I am not sure what kind of options you have over there, legally and in terms of charter schools.

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Did you ever find out more information on this?  My husband and I have been talking about trying to arrange something like this too where we live.

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Hi there,

I've homeschooled even from the "beginning."  I've added/hired/delegated subject areas to others, primarily to round out my children's lives and to get time to exercise and keep up with paperwork, etc.


Here's what I've done:


Hired an art tutor.  He's an artist and art instructor I met when we took a "mommy and me" art class through our art museum.  He's also now doing science experiments with the kids.  1.5 to 2.5 hrs/week


Delegated organic gardening and birding to my Mom.  3-4 hrs/week



Send the girls to a "nature based mentoring" outdoor program one half-day a week.



Me.  I also delegate/ask my husband to do projects like play math bingo, help set up a tadpole fish tank, hike, etc...


What I'm really currently missing is someone who is musical to take that bit...


Hope this helps, happy to answer any questions!

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I have considered hiring a tutor to supplement. I'm not sure about where you live but in NC I believe it is illegal to homeschool another person's child. Teaching children other than your own requires you file as a private school. Definitely look into your state laws before making any decisions.

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I think a really good option to 'in person' tutoring is doing some sessions by Skype. My daughter takes Spanish classes from LOI Spanish. Her teacher lives in Argentina and she has sparked such an interest in languages for my daughter. I imagine you could find tutors for many areas and the prices are probably a a bit better.
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