Many parents are working and homeschooling in order to earn income for their families while reaping the benefits of home education.
Single-parent families and two-parent families that rely on both incomes may work and homeschool in order to make ends meet. Other families work while homeschooling in order to pay for homeschool books, supplies and activities.
When deciding to work and homeschool, set clear goals. Figure out how much money you will need to accomplish your goals and how much time you will have to spend working in order to earn that amount.
Consider the ages of your children and whether or not they can spend portions of time unsupervised. If your children are young, do you have safe childcare available? Can your child spend time with a trusted friend or family member? Can you take your child with you to work?
Some homeschooling parents are able to continue working outside of their homes by working opposite shifts from their spouses, working part-time, job sharing or taking their kids with them to work. Others decide to work at home while homeschooling.
Parents who are working and homeschooling must be focused and committed. You will have to juggle business obligations, household duties and home education, while caring for your spouse and children. Here are some tips for homeschooling and working:
Remember, your home does not have to resemble a traditional classroom. Many homeschool students are able to complete their coursework in as little as 2-4 hours per day.
Time spent commuting to and from activities can be valuable teaching time. Here are some tips and ideas for carschooling.
Don't feel you must cover every subject every day. Subjects like art, history and science can be covered in one or two days per week.
Be flexible and make adjustments where necessary. Let your older children help your younger children. Take frequent breaks while working to interact with your children and answer questions.
Your child can also learn through homeschooling coops, support groups, and classes at musuems and libraries. You can squeeze in work time while your children attend these activities and other events.
In addition to working and homeschooling, find ways to reduce the need for extra income by reading this information on affordable homeschooling. Here are some tips on scheduling, organization and finding balance for moms who work at home.
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