Home-school Mothers Take on Challenges of Teaching

Using the iPad for Homeschooling

Mothers fill many roles, and teacher is one of the most prominent – and intimidating – according to some area moms.

For moms who take the extra step to home-school, they know they are single-handedly shaping the future of their children.
“At first, it felt like a lot of pressure was on me,” St. Marys mom Corrine Corbett said about deciding to home-school. “I felt like I had the support and the resources I needed, but I also had a fear of failure. If this didn’t work out, it was all on me. There would be no one else to point the finger at.”
Home-schooler Loretta Germann juggles teaching with working from home as a webinar moderator. She often wonders if she is succeeding in the role of teacher. The Ohio City mom has nine children – five biological, one adopted and three foster. She has home-schooled on and off since 1996.
“The choice to home-school was not easy, and sometimes is still not easy,” she said. “When one of the children struggles with a subject, I wonder if it is something I did. … I am poor at spelling; I used to wonder how I would teach spelling or any subject I might struggle with. Then after teaching my older children, I saw my oldest daughter become a wonderful speller. She still corrects my spelling.”
Germann taught four of her five biological children from home. Her adopted child was a teenager and was not a candidate for home-schooling. Foster children cannot legally be taught at home, she said.
Germann’s youngest daughter, who was home-schooled up to the third grade, was enrolled in public school this year trying to find the best environment to combat her dyslexia.
“They have failed in helping her,” she said. “So we’re bringing her home next year and (will) use a program that we have found for dyslexics. … I like the school, but they just don’t have the time to work with her like she needs.”
Her eighth-grade son would have gone to public high school next year if not for Common Core Standards. Germann said they will decide on his high-school education one year at a time, depending on the future of the curriculum.
Source: Daily Standard | Amy Kronenberger

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