As a beginning homeschooling mom, it was also my question. Can I be a working and homeschooling mom? Can I really do it?
In this blog, I will answer these questions and share with you tips on how to be successful in being a working and homeschooling mom.
Additionally, I will share working mom homeschool routine, and homeschool schedule that you can use if you are having a 7.00 am-3.00 pm full-time job.
Working and homeschooling mom
Can you be working and homeschooling mom? Certainly, yes. But, would it be easy? Not! Definitely.
I am a full-time nurse educator working from 7 am-3 pm from Sunday to Thursday. Thank goodness I have 2 days off on a Friday and a Saturday. However, I am thingking, is it a day off? LOL!
When we decided to homeschool, we needed to rearrange our schedule. Consequently, there was a considerable change in our everyday homeschool routines and homeschool schedule.
Despite the challenges, to tell you honestly, there was a positive impact on my relationship with my children, and I enjoy it.
I recommend reflecting on how you balance work and family. If you do not have a grasp on these two areas of your life yet, homeschooling may not be a good idea for you to start.
Most importantly, you have to be honest about the amount of work you already have. Homeschooling is a serious business here. As a result, it will take a big amount of time in your daily actvities.
Reasons for deciding to be a working and homeschooling mom
I think that identifying your top reasons for homeschooling is an essential step before diving into the sea of homeschooling.
Yes, it is not going to be easy. Above all, you can get lost easily if you do not have enough foundation to support your decision to be a working and homeschooling mom.
So, it is important to list out these reasons and weigh things out.
Tips to be a successful working and homeschooling mom
1. Choose an excellent homeschool provider
As a homeschooling parent, you have an option for “independent homeschooling” or “Homeschooling provider”.
However, being an independent homeschooling parent requires you to do more work. You will be “independently” looking after the materials, syllabus, curriculum, activities, and record keeping. Which I believe is already so much to be on your plate.
I am not saying you can’t. Momma you can. However, expect more work and more stress.
For instance, if you have a homeschool provider, they will guide you in your journey. Moreover, there will be a ready curriculum and activities. The homeschool provider will also keep your children’s school records.
I am with homeschool global right not, and I feel delighted with the materials that they provide. The learning videos and the teacher’s guide are fantastic.
I also get to talk to some homeschooling moms who enjoy Seton, a US-based Homeschool provider, and Peniel Integrated Christian academy, a Philippine DepEd Accredited Homeschool provide.
Find the list here for Philippine DepEd Accredited Homeschool providers with online platform:
2. Create a working mom homeschool routine
You can easily get track of what you need to accomplish since you already have the curriculum and the expected dates of completion.
Indeed, having a homeschooling routine and a homeschooling schedule is very important to be successful in being a working and homeschooling mom because you can tailor it to your working schedule.
We try to homeschool at-least 15 to 18 hours a week.
Weekly working and homeschooling schedule for my Kindergarten and Grade 2 Son
Kindergarten Daily working and homeschooling schedule
Grade 2 Daily working and homeschool schedule
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Identify the suitable days for homeschooling and rest
I know, you are pressured by your goal of providing good education to your children. And, you can give that. Believe in yourself. However, you need to rest too.
Don’t forget to put breaks and offs for you.
This is the beauty of homeschooling. You can be flexible as you can so you will be successful in becoming a working and homeschooling mom.
Remember, you need to avoid psychological stress and motherhood burn out.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Moms only want the best for their children. I get it. But you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself and your health should also be a top priority.
If you get sick, who will take care of them?
3. Create a homeschooling space for your children
It depends on what methodology you decided to use. Moreover, I am with you that learning can be anywhere. But, practically, I would also recommend having a particular place where they can make a mess. LOL!
Let us be real here; cleaning takes a lot of time. Having a particular place for them to mess up will, at least, lessen your work.
At the same time, you can be in another room to have a nap or rest if you feel tired or exhausted.
4. Mix and group activities that can be done by your homeschooling children.
Bible study, arts, music and reading. I use this as group activity. But again, it all depends on the age or school lever of your children. I am sure you can figure out.
5. Get all your supplies ready
Homeschool organization strategy will keep you sane. Additionally, having the items you need and whenever you need them saves time too.
Here are my homeschool supplies checklist.
Why not look at homeschool room set-up where you can get some ideas.
6. Get help with other families
Yes, I get it. You can be a supermom, but again, even superheroes need help.
I can say that, it is not possible to be a working mom and a homeschooling mom without the help of others. Maybe yes some can, but they can reach to burn out at some point. And it’s not healthy.
Get as much help as you can.
In my view, I believe that being a working mom and homeschooling mom will not be possible without the help of others. I shared responsibilities with my husband. And I also asked him to teach math.
I know, right? Who wants to teach math? My husband can. So, I let him teach it. I give him the topics to cover and the materials needed. While he is teaching, I can do some other tasks.
My mother in-law is also scheduled to teach language.
At some point, I also ask my grade 2 son to help his brother in writing.
Why not? Get all the help that you can because this will let you keep your balance and sanity. LOL
7. Use YouTube resources
There are times that you feel exhausted, cannot find the power to teach. It is okay. Have a list of you tube resources and let them watch as you reenergize yourself.
Check the exciting lists in this site:
8. Be ready for incentives
Giving rewards is always a good idea, but don’t overuse because the children may end up doing things for reward or incentive.
However, I find it helpful at times when I need them to do things while I need to work on something important.
I also think that my children get motivated if I give some challenging tasks and rewards at the end. They are very competitive. Consequently, it works for me.
It is beneficial when I ask them to finish the artwork. At the same time, they need to help each other. And after completing it, I will cook for my sons their favorite pancake or sandwich. It doesn’t have to be an expensive reward. LOL.
Can a working mom do homeschool? Yes, you can. But would it be easy? Not! But there are ways that you can be successful in becoming and working and homeschooling mom.
- Choose an excellent homeschool provider
- Create a working mom homeschool routine. Identify the suitable days for homeschooling and rest
- Create a homeschooling space for your children
- Mix and group activities that can be done by your homeschooling children.
- Get all your supplies ready
- Get help with other families. Get as much help as you can.
- Use YouTube resources
- Be ready for incentives
What are your challenges as a working and homeschooling mom? Share with us your strategies.
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