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Old 09-30-2012, 07:10 AM   #1
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Homeschooling and working?

Can it be done? Until my youngest is school age I'm not ready to go back to work anyway unless I would absolutely need to.
What is your school schedule like?

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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Re: Homeschooling and working?

Some states don't allow both parents to work and homeschool. How much they enforce this is up to each state.

That said, schooling takes about 3 hours for us each day. DD1 is 4 and we are only covering reading, math, handwriting and an additional project of some sort each day. These 3 hours are broken up with 1 1/2 hours before lunch. 1 hour during her sister's naps and then 1/2 hour after dinner.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:16 AM   #3
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Re: Homeschooling and working?

Schooling here takes very little time, but increases as their age increases. My 7 year old schools for 2-4 hours a day, unless we do a special project. My teens take 4-6 hours/day. I do work, but only part time. I have HS them while working full-time. It is DIFFICULT, but possible.
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I have a 4yo (5 in nov), 3, and 4.5mo old. I work part-time, 3 days a week, and HS my oldest in K. The 3yo follows along sometimes too. We are super relaxed, but my dd knew her letters already. I kind of figured even if I totally mess up this year, she'll just be at the older end next year of K, but I think she'll be all right.
We focus on Reading, phonics, and Math. Bible and some spelling. Science is mainly done through life - we have 17 acres and a ton of animals so she experiences things, then will ask qus that we follow up with at the library. She is in soccer and started piano lessons too. Our time probably evens out to about 2 hours a day of school Mon, Wed, Sat and they ask to do it on Sunday.
My dad and mom watch them while I work, and they do things educational things with her there as well. It does work, and I love doing it really. For us, we are committed to making it work because we didn't agree with 5 day a week kindy. I'm learning to be more organized, but have to stay flexible too!
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Thank you for the responses! I am blessed to be able to have the option of being a Sahm but was just curious about when all of them are in school. Do I put them in public school and start a career or hs and maybe find a part time career. I keep tossing the idea around but I really would love to hs because I'd love for them to learn our values over the things they learn while at a public school. I'm also nervous that my teaching them wouldn't be good enough or they wouldn't learn enough.
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Thank you for the responses! I am blessed to be able to have the option of being a Sahm but was just curious about when all of them are in school. Do I put them in public school and start a career or hs and maybe find a part time career. I keep tossing the idea around but I really would love to hs because I'd love for them to learn our values over the things they learn while at a public school. I'm also nervous that my teaching them wouldn't be good enough or they wouldn't learn enough.
I wanted our kid to learn our values too...I think that 5 days a week is a lot of time for kids to spend with their peers; not trying to say anything about kids who do go to school, this is just for our family. God led uhero the decision, we tried to do private school, but she didn't make the cutoff age wise for private school (5 by 9.1), but did for public school (5 by 12.1). We weren't ok with public 5 days a week for K.
So far HS has been a huge blessing. My dd is learning, and it's fun to see her progressing and finding what makes her tick. My dh has taken an active role as well on the weekends, it's great to see our family grow closer through our decision to HS.
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I am a nurse. Currently I stay home but I used to wrk 3-11 two to three days a week. We did school in he mornings. Dh was home with them when I worked so we did not have day care for them. It can be done. I have always been able o SAH but loved working as a nurse. I quit last July and have not been back. I do miss it though.

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Re: Homeschooling and working?

Hi there.

Sonds like you value homeschooling, and you also have an option of saying at home or working.

If you have a choice, and love homeschooling, I'd say homeschool.
As for work, if you want to homeschool and find a job, find a job that will work for you to both homeschool and work at the same time. I think there are some options available. I think the answer to weather or not you can work and homeschool is yes, but how easy it will be probablly depends on your students, your work, family schedule, your State law, your teaching style, etc. Good luck with your decision making.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:30 AM   #9
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Thanks for the encouragement!
A small part of me wants a career eventually but the bigger part of me can't imagine leaving my kids. I'm going to look more into homeschooling. My oldest is in 1st grade and I'm sure would be pretty reluctant to HS:/
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I am waiting for my husband to finish his master's program to pursue my degree part time. I am half way to becoming an IBCLC but had to take a break with a surprise pregnancy. I plan on running my business out of my home part time, so 100% doable with homeschooling. By then, DH will be able to provide the child care I will need to see clients.

Currently however, I do work (VERY) part time on my diaper sewing business. I don't bring in much income, but it does help feed my diaper hording without costing us money.
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