While all IVLA coursework is designed for easy use by parents overseeing their childrens’ education, the most important thing a parent should remember is that he/she will be in charge of their child’s complete educational experience. This doesn’t mean one parent needs to know everything about every subject. It does mean that, if you have limited knowledge in a subject, you are responsible for finding educational opportunities for your child that fill in the blanks in your knowledge and experience. Homeschooling using online education programs requires that parents have at least a basic understanding of core academic subjects. You don’t have to be an expert in every subject, but you must understand basic concepts related to mathematics, grammar, science, and history. If you feel you do not have a working knowledge of these subjects, you can still succeed if you are willing and have the ability to learn about the topics as you work with you child.
A parent must also have good organizational skills in order to manage a homeschool or online education program. You will have to locate, review and assess a wide range of learning materials and opportunities and plan learning activities for your child, both educational and social. The bottom line is, you don’t have to be a trained teacher to manage your child’s homeschool and/or online learning program, but you must be prepared to be completely dedicated to the effort and accept that the experience will include a lot of hard work and time.