I was so unsure about this homeschooling experiment that I even kept a spare school uniform in case I had to send my kids back to school at the last moment. This week our kids are finishing their standardized curriculum and we will spend the rest of the school year doing enrichment activities. Alas, I think we can call this success. With four kids in four locations last year including a newborn at home , school drop-off and pick-up took four hours, on a good day.
Now we spend about four hours per day homeschooling, instead of four hours in the car.
Which choice would you make: Few families can afford for all three, and most can only afford one. As educational debts loom larger for each successive generation, this financial crunch will only get worse. They are not pigeon-holed and tracked as gifted, average, or special needs. We have a lot of fun supplementing material through YouTube and online educational sites like Dreambox, Khan Academy, and others. Our kids do about half of their math online. Need speech therapy, the gifted program, or remedial academics? Homeschooled kids are still eligible for all these services. Your kids can even join high school sports teams once they are old enough.
Our kids are still in sports and scouts sponsored by their old schools. As a mom of school-aged kids, I felt like my role as parent had been diminished to mini-van driver, schedule-keeper, cook and disciplinarian. I was not born, raised and educated to spend my days like this. Now, I love being a mom. We were giving away our kids during their best hours, when they were rested and happy, and getting them back when they were tired, grumpy and hungry. I dreaded each evening, when the fighting and screaming never seemed to end, and my job was to push them through homework, extracurriculars, and music practice.
Now, our kids have happy time together each day. At recess time, the kids are actually excited about playing with each other! Homeschooling forces us as parents to maintain a loving authority in the household. We stopped spanking our kid s. Spanking and corporal punishment establish fear, not effective, loving obedience. Once my kids entered school, they seemed to stop making up their own creative play together. Now they build forts and crazy contraptions, play dance parties, and pursue their own unique interests. My eight-year-old has taken up computer programming and taught himself how to play the organ.
My six-year-old is learning to cook. Dirty clothes dropped on the floor? They used to stay there all day. Now there is no recess until they are cleaned up.
I never really had the time to implement most behavioral techniques when my kids were in school. I knew what I needed to do to get my kindergartner to dress herself, but it was easier to dress her myself then deal with the school complaining that she was improperly dressed or late.
First, they realize that all working parents need some sort of child “School does go faster when you are teaching a smaller class,” she says. “I always have another bonus five to 10 hours, I just never quite know when it's. Yes, you can homeschool while working outside the home! You may even consider exchanging child care for rent if you have extra space available. 3. Students enroll in and pay for the classes that meet their needs.
Now, if she takes too long to get dressed, she misses out on free play time. Homeschooling provides a great deal of family flexibility, which is a tremendous asset for our busy family. For example, we save a lot of money on plane tickets because we have the flexibility to fly almost any day of the week.
For larger families like ours, even toddlers are learning during school time. Our four year old sits at the same table during school time as our six and eight year old. He wants to do his worksheet, too. Committing to homeschooling requires at least one parent at home for most of each day. We also save a lot of money on gas now that we drive less. Many homeschooling parents still work part-time. We pull off homeschooling because I work nights and my husband works part-time from home as an independent IT developer.
I know many families homeschooling on family incomes of K. Homeschoolers save tax payers money, too. Homeschooled kids learn parenting skills, cooking, budgeting, home maintenance, and time management every day. Time management skills are learned out of necessity. Our kids have to keep their own schedules and budget their own time. If they waste time, they have less time for play and their own special interests.
We use old smart phones with alarms to help teach time management. Our kids help with younger siblings while under our direct supervision. What better way is there to learn parenting? I learned to write a fake grocery budget once as a home economics exercise. My kids write real grocery budgets and help me shop. One of our children struggled socially in school, and his schoolmates were ruthlessly mean.
Despite a school anti-bullying policy and our best efforts to work with the teacher, nothing changed. Last year he played alone on the playground everyday. No one has ever said an unkind word to him at our co-op, because every child is there with his or her own parent.
If you are wondering what to ask read: When your child gets sick it can be hard to find someone willing to expose themselves to germs. Be sure to have a back up plan in place. Whatever child care option you choose it is vital to have good, open communication between you and the child care provider.
Set clear expectations about routines, if you will have school work completed and what to do if they get stuck or the child resists, and house rules. If you need ideas of questions to ask be sure to read: I run a free, private Facebook group with the most positive, supportive, and kick butt working homeschool moms out there. Click here to join. I help working parents balance work and homeschooling by providing encouragement, support, and inspiration.
Having been one of those people that thought homeschoolers were weird. Homeschooling has taught us all that to be different is to be unique. And to be unique is exciting.
While many moms may be of the the hovering variety , this is definitely not a phenomenon found only in homeschool settings. Whatever child care option you choose it is vital to have good, open communication between you and the child care provider. Also — be sure to fully assess the maturity of your child before deciding on this option. As an adoptive mother, I am especially interested in sensory integration and kinesthetic learning for active, at risk and adopted children. I was excited but scared too. If they ever showed an interest in British history, we would spend a week watching BBC documentaries. Tap into your local homeschool community.
Sonny and Tess were 10 and seven respectively when we started to homeschool. Initially, we told everyone that we were just going to try it for a term. After the first term came to an end, I kept hold of my safety blanket by saying that we would just homeschool until the end of the year.
They would dress up and then take their books out to the field. We most certainly were people…. That year turned into six without me noticing. In the six years that we have been at home, we have had lots and lots of fantastic times. But we have also had many tears. Your homeschooling journey would look completely different to mine. But in the first six years, before I tried to homeschool and work full time, our homeschooling journey was very special.
Like I said, not always easy, but then nothing is. This is how our homeschooling journey looked for the first six years. My children have learned mainly on the beach and at our kitchen table. They have learned by living. They just learned wherever they felt like it.
Most of our learning takes place in the kitchen though. If they ever showed an interest in British history, we would spend a week watching BBC documentaries. Doing their lessons in a driftwood hut they had made on the beach. What homeschooling looked like before I worked full time.
Before I turned to online maths tuition, Maths was always done through the Singapore math programme. The kids would almost wet themselves with laughter at my attempts. It not only cost me a small fortune in eggs and tights, but in the end, I forgot why I was even doing the experiment. One of our many science projects. If I kept out of it, they were ok, as soon as I stepped in…Epic fail! Thankfully I found a very inexpensive science course online.
I miss those epic fails in a way. We did lots and lots of reading in those first six years. We would spend hours reading on the beach or in the garden.
Every time we went in the car, we would listen to a talking book. I could fill pages and pages of the books that we have read, but I just want to recommend the ones that taught my kids and me the most. Homeschooling was easier when the children were younger. Although it demanded more of my time, it was more straightforward. No phones or gadgets were vying for their attention. For the past three years, we have had a no phone policy while they are doing school work.
Short of putting the phones down my pants, so they cant find it, both of them always seem to find a way to get hold of their phones. Homeschooling and working full time. I found that by using more online tutors my time was freed up. This was probably the insane reason I decided to start my own business again and believed that I could manage both homeschooling and working full time.
I am addicted to starting new ventures; I get a real buzz from it. I was ready for a new challenge and so decided to build a touring theatre in education company. This I did, and it was a huge success. But what was supposed to be a part-time venture took over nearly 40 hours a week of my time for a year.
It almost killed me, to be honest. I tried to balance both, but in the end, it was too much. After a year of success, I put the theatre company on hold.