This week I am continuing to answer your homeschool questions. One of the questions I get often is, “Can I work and homeschool?” For some moms working isn’t an option. Whether you are the sole breadwinner, make the highest salary, or barely make ends meet with two people working the job is necessary. However, there is still a deep desire to homeschool. There is no single answer to this question. Because of that I am going to give you questions to ask yourself to help you decide whether you can homeschool while working.
How much do you work?
Do you work a full time job complete with overtime? If you are working 60 hours you probably don’t have a lot of extra time on your plate to use to completely homeschool your child. Look at how your time breaks down and decide whether you have the time to invest in your child’s education.
What schedule do you work?
A parent who works evenings may be able to homeschool during the day easier. Look at your schedule. Does your work schedule accommodate time for you to successfully homeschool your child? It helps to look at what part of the day you will be home. Some child learn best early in the morning while others prefer late afternoon or evening. Look at your schedule and your child’s learning style and see if the two can work together well.
Do you have a spouse who will help?
Sometimes homes with two working parents have a great opportunity. Either one parent can do the homeschooling while the other works or the two parents can each the subjects they are best at teaching while leaving the other subjects for their spouse. Have an honest conversation with your spouse. Discuss what it would look like for you to homeschool your child/children.
Can you work from home?
I work from home. I write this blog and I am also a virtual assistant for a few companies. I work part time right now. My hours work around the schedule of my children. I work for an hour in the morning while they are doing their wake up routine and starting their day. I work for an hour during their quiet time/nap time in the afternoon. I work a few hours at night after they go to bed. There is room in my day for them and then work comes when they don’t need me. Look at your work from home options. Could you work from home so that homeschooling would be easier?
Will homeschool be a priority?
After a long day/night of work it can be easy to need to sit down and rest. If homeschooling is your choice are you willing to put your rest on the back burner in order to teach your child? Are you willing to show up after working ready to teach your child? If you don’t see yourself doing that, it may not be a good idea.
What age are you teaching?
Children of different ages will require different amounts of time from you. Look at what age you are hoping to homeschool. Then look at how much of an independent learner they are. Some subjects may not need your direct teaching time with older children.
Can you manage your time well?
If you are going to work while homeschooling it will be important to have a well managed schedule. There won’t be room for wasted time. Make sure to look at how well you manage time or are willing to manage time before committing.
Do you work and homeschool? What tips would you give a mom considering homeschooling while working?
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