If you’ve started to consider the once crazy idea of hiring a teacher to educate your kids at home, you’re not alone. We are seeing a huge influx in calls and inquiries from parents wanting to know more about how to hire a Private Educator and how this option compares to those presented by their school. Families who have never before considered homeschooling, are now feeling like it’s a completely viable option. Some parents worry about COVID-19 exposure and feel like home is the safest place for their kids until a vaccine is available. Other parents are reluctant to send their children back to school for different reasons like not wanting their kids to be in a mask all day or having to experience the many strange changes schools may be implementing. We hear from parents on both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. But what most all parents have in common is that they are being pushed to their limits, exhausted and desperately in need of some support and stability.
Among many uncertainties, one thing is for sure. The Fall semester is going to be different and probably pretty challenging. But the difference between this upcoming school semester and the spring craziness is that this time, we know it’s coming and have time to plan ahead. Speaking of planning, we hope you’ll join us for our Pandemic Parenting: Planning for Fall FREE Webinar for parents on Thursday, July 9th at 7pm MST. In this live, informative workshop just for parents, our Co-Founder, Rosalind Prather will be sharing expert guidance on ways you can navigate parenting through this pandemic such as dealing with fighting siblings and creating effective routines. She will also be sharing more about how and why to hire a private educator. By the way, some teachers are also torn regarding physically being in a classroom and some are exploring alternative, in-home teaching jobs, at least until things settle down. So there are plenty of teachers to hire for in-home learning.
But why should you hire a private educator, anyway? We’re here to share the top five reasons your family may want to consider turning your home into a classroom with the help of an amazing teacher this fall semester.
#1: More Stability.
Hiring a private educator is a safer bet so you don’t have to worry about your life being uprooted all of the sudden again. As we’ve seen, laws, regulations and available information on COVID-19 itself is ever-changing. Part of the reason why this pandemic has been so stressful for parents is that we are constantly at the mercy of changing circumstances and interruptions to our plans or the inability to have a plan at all. Although your school might have an idea for what the fall will look like including schedules and policies, those plans could easily fall through and it’s possible that school closures could happen at any time and without warning. The beauty of hiring a private educator is that your plan for the Fall semester will in many ways be immune to the changing circumstances of our world. So you won’t have to worry about the unknowns like if school will suddenly shut down again. Hiring a private educator means you’ll have a solid plan from the beginning of the semester.
#2: More control.
Ahhhh…the elusive C word. If any of you are “Type-A” like me, you’re really suffering right now. Because so many things are out of our control and many of the freedoms we used to enjoy are, at least temporarily, on hold. But the good news is that we can steal back a little bit of control if we establish our own learning environment for our kids. When you hire a private educator, you’ll have more control over the quality of education, the type of education, the speed of instruction, etc. An in-home teacher can create a customizable learning experience that is individualized for your child. Masks or no masks, recess or no recess. Homework or no homework. You get to decide based on your family’s unique needs and preferences. You sold me at no homework.
#3 More efficiency.
When your child has more 1:1 instruction and the lesson plans are tailored to his/her learning styles and needs, the educational process is much more efficient. An in-home teacher working with one child or a small group of children can complete a full school-days’ worth of material in a much shorter amount of time. It’s not uncommon for a homeschool day length to be shorter than a standard school day for this reason. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean your kids have to be bored with all the free time. Finishing core subjects in a shorter amount of time frees up time for the teacher to work with kids on extracurricular subjects, introduce new skills or hobbies or engage in supervised playtime. And think of all the time you’ll save not being in the school drop-off or pick-up line.
#4. Safer socialization.
Learning from home means less potential exposure to coronavirus for sure but some parents worry that homeschooling will rob kids of much needed interaction with other kids. But hiring a private educator doesn’t have to mean staying in complete isolation. Many families are considering hiring a private educator together much like a nanny share. One teacher. Multiple families. Small groups of 10 or more people who have all committed to social distancing, for example, can have peace of mind knowing that each family is doing their part to stay healthy. But the kids still get to learn and grow with other kids. As an added bonus, sharing an in-home teacher makes a private educator a lot more affordable since all involved families can split the cost. What does sharing a private educator look like? You’ll have to attend our webinar to find out! But if the idea of having a teacher in and out of your home also makes you uneasy, you can always opt to work with a private educator virtually as well.
#5. You just might stay sane.
If you already know that sending your kids out into the world again is just not something you are ready for, a private educator can help you manage your child’s education without it becoming overwhelming. I know I have a tad bit of 4th quarter PTSD from having to homeschool two kids while simultaneously running my business, without any warning or time to prepare. I know my limits. And I know I can’t do that again. It just wasn’t sustainable. That doesn’t mean you have to hire a private educator to do all of the teaching. Our Private Educator services through our Flex Membership are perfect for families who don’t want to hire a full-time private educator but just need a few hours a week of help. You can work from home in the morning while your kids are with the teacher and then take over after lunch after you’ve had a chance to be productive or recharge your batteries. It’s also possible for a private educator to function like a nanny and help with other household tasks like meal prep, laundry or basic child care. Simply put, a private educator provides a much needed “extra set of hands” to get you and your family through this time.
Want to hire a private educator? Call us today at 520.544.6612 to learn more about your options. Our experts will get all your questions answered.