If you’re a work-outside-the-home-mom and considering homeschooling, the first question you’re probably asking yourself, is what to do with your children while at work? Family. If you’re fortunate to live near family, ask if they are willing and able to help while you’re away.
Another option is to find a nanny who is qualified to supervise/guide your children while you’re at work. I researched homeschooling nannies out of curiosity and found there are some companies who provide this service. In centuries past, a nanny was more commonly known as a “governess“. Of course, this option depends on your personal financial situation.
It will take some planning with either of these options. A schedule and lessons will need to be prepared for each day. Remember to check your State’s laws regarding what you can do, cannot do, and are required to do.
Older children who are responsible, capable and need little to no supervision can manage on their own for a few hours to complete their assignments. But, with any minor child, there should be rules for their safety while you’re away. For instance, you may want to make a no going outside rule, a no opening the door rule, no friends over rule. If you don’t have a security system on your house, you may want to consider it for added safety.
TAKE KIDS TO WORK:
Do you own a business? Why not take the kids to work with you? Create a space specifically for a “classroom” that will be near you and safe from any harm. Make a comfy area for reading, doing school work, and creativity. Provide a computer for their use only, especially if you use an online curriculum as part of your home education.
This is not a new concept. In early America, children were included in almost every area of their parents’ daily lives. If the parents owned a business, it was not unusual for the children to be nearby helping out in the “store”. We have gotten away for the idea due to so much liability. But if you own your business you can ensure their safety. Again, remember to check State laws and in this case, your insurance policy.
Another option to successfully homeschool, is online curriculum. There are many, many options such as Alpha Omega, Liberty University, and Time 4 Learning. There are also some private (and public) schools that offer online learning. It’s just a matter of choosing which program is best for your family.
Homeschooling is a life changing decision, not only for you, but the family as a whole. The decision should be made by the family. Boundaries, guidelines, planning and scheduling need to be set to ensure success and everyone involved needs know what is expected. However, homeschooling should have the flexibility to ebb and flow with life’s ever changing pace. Flexibility is one of the keys to homeschooling, and let’s face it, what working mom (or any mom) doesn’t wish for flexibility!
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