Are you a single parent wondering if you can homeschool? This article is full of tips to get you started and help you succeed!
Homeschooling is becoming more and more mainstream. Years ago it would have been rare to see working moms in homeschool groups, yet it is happening more and more. It would have been practically nonexistent to see single parents at homeschool groups, yet again it is becoming more and more common. Homeschooling as a single parent is possible, it just takes a little more work.
If you are working outside of the home consider switching to working from home. There are tons of work at home jobs available, your own employer may even consider letting you work from home a few hours a week. Work at home jobs can range from being a teacher to a writer, to customer service. The sky is the limit when it comes to working from home.
If child care is an issue, ask around about swapping babysitting services. You may have friends who would watch your kids in exchange for you doing the same. Bartering is also an option. If you have a skill a friend or neighbor can use, see if you could exchange that service for child care.
As a single parent you will probably want to utilize curriculum that is not very teacher intensive. You may also need to plan ahead more to make sure school work is done. Sending work with your children during the day be necessary, as will unconventional school hours. Planning ahead will allow you to make the most of the time you have available for homeschooling.
Find a community of homeschoolers, or friends and family who support you and your endeavor. If this is hard for you to do in person, find an online community to help you and encourage you. Homeschooling is hard work and will require a lot of support and encouragement in the first few months.
Single parent homeschooling has been uncommon for while, but is becoming more and more popular. I was able to find some resources and sites that may help you if you are considering homeschooling as a single parent.
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.