Don’t think that because you work outside of the home that you cannot homeschool. Working outside of the home may mean less time at home, but you can still be successful at homeschooling. I won’t lie, it does take some work, commitment, and adjusting, but you can do it and here’s how.
How to Homeschool when you Work Outside the Home
Get on the same page as your spouse
You don’t have to be married and homeschool, but it’s helpful if you have someone who is willing to help you. If you have a spouse, get them on board with the whole homeschooling thing. Having your spouse’s help can be a true lifesaver. You can each take turns teaching the kids.
Use an independent curriculum
Despite what everyone believes, you don’t need to hover over your child to make them learn. In fact, using an independent curriculum can help save your sanity. While your child will still need to ask you questions, you can let them learn independently. This is especially helpful when you feel as though you’re short on time.
Create a modified homeschooling schedule
When you want to homeschool, but you work outside of the home, think outside of the box. You don’t need to make your child sit there for 8 hours a day. Modify the homeschooling schedule that fits your needs.
Swap homeschooling days with another family
Are you worried about how you will get your kids’ schoolwork done while homeschooling? I’ve seen other homeschooling families do this, but you just swap days. You homeschool their kids 1-2 days a week and they do the same for you. It helps if you’re using the same curriculum as the other family.
Work together as a family
When you’re working outside of the home, plus homeschooling, life is bound to get overwhelming. Everyone needs to work together to make it all a success. This may mean more chores for the kids and more patience for the adults. However, homeschooling is totally worth it in every aspect.
Just because you work outside of the home, don’t be discouraged. You can homeschool your kids and still have a job. Instead of thinking you can’t do it, think of all the reasons you CAN. I would create a plan with your spouse and/or family to help ensure your kids get the best experience possible.
Do you work outside of the home? What tips do you have for homeschooling/working moms?