Homeschooling While Working
You Don't Have To Pick One

Homeschooling While Working

People tend to think of homeschooling families as those with a stay-at-home parent, most often the mother. However, this isn't necessarily always the case. It is actually possible to work outside of the home and home educate too.

However, many mothers feel as if they have to choose to either home educate and stay home or to work and send their kids to public schools. In fact, you may be one of these women. If you are considering home education and currently have a job away from home, know that it's possible to do both. Below are a few tips to help.

  • 1. Change Your Perspective - The majority of those who think about home education think that it has to work just like the public school system as far as time is concerned. Many people feel that home education will take all day and needs to be done during the morning to mid-afternoon, but this isn't the case. In fact, you'll be surprised to learn that home education often takes less time than traditional schooling.

    How? First of all, you aren't going to be teaching large numbers of children - just your own and there won't be a lot of busy work waiting for others to finish. Therefore, home education moves along much more quickly than traditional public school.

  • 2. Choose Your Curriculum Wisely - Not all homeschooling curriculum is hard to understand and complicated. Therefore, if you want to work outside the home and home educate you should look for curriculums that present information in an easy-to-understand format. For example, look for curricula that has short lessons that don't take up a lot of time.
  • 3. Make Smart Use of Your Daily Drive - There are a lot of people who home educate and commute to work every day. One of their secrets is making smart use of their daily drive to and from work. Instead of making extra trips to the art supply store or the library with their kids, they take the time to run these errands as they are going to or leaving work.
  • 4. Assign Lessons to Children During the Day - Obviously, if you and your spouse are working daily jobs, then someone has to be at home with your children. You can assign your children lessons to do during the day and ask your childcare professional to oversee the work and make sure that it gets done.
  • 5. Homeschool at Night - How many college students take night classes? There are many that do, so why can't you homeschool your children at night after you get home from work? You can easily go over lessons at the dinner table or a couple hours before bedtime.
  • 6. Always Plan - For those who work outside the home and want to homeschool too, planning is essential. You need to make a weekly schedule that clearly dictates when lessons will take place. This will save you a lot of time and make homeschooling go much more smoothly.
So, as the headline states, you don't have to pick just one.

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