Anyone work full-time and homeschool?

Gwen - posted on 06/27/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a hard time finding other women who do this. Most of the women in our local homeschooling group are SAHM's. They are very accepting of me. I just find that I have some very different issues from them, and am a lot more tired than they are, in different ways than they are. I homeschooled my 18 y/o daughter her last 2 years of high school (traditionally at first, then leaning towards unschooling later), and I helped her get accepted into 3 colleges. But she was a self-starter, above average, and very independent. I haven't started from the beginning. My second husband and I have a 4 y/o together. He wants us to homeschool her also. This is a whole different ball game! He's willing to help, but wants me to put together lesson plans for him to follow easily. I'm quite able to do that. We looked at Rod & Staff, and like it real well, and have talked about supplementing it. Really, we're already using it. He is a full-time farmer. I believe he can do this. But part of me just wants to enroll her in Kindergarten in another year. She wants badly to play with other children. She would love school at least for a few years. I know our local group has activities every day of the week, but you know, a school bus doesn't pick her up and take her there. It makes me tired just thinking about it. I'd love to hear some input from mom's who have done this for any length of time and work full-time. I think that if we do home school, I'm going to need some serious moral support from more than a local Christian homeschooling group.

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Barbie - posted on 09/23/2012

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Hello. I don't know if you are still here, but found your question through a search on google about working homeschoolers. I work full time, out side the home, and just began schooling my 7th grader. You can read some of my blog posts at http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com. Blessings!

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I'm a SAHM, but I just thought I'd pass along this info. It might be of some help. My kids are enrolled in Connections Academy. It's a tuition-free virtual school. Which means, my kids are at home for school, but I don't have to come up with a cirriculum. You do need to follow the state standards for public school, but you can rearrange classes to fit your children's needs and your family's schedule. I don't know what state you are in, you can check out their web site to find out if it's offered in your state, they also have a tuition-free national program. www.connectionsacademy.com. We love Connections Academy, we're getting ready to start our 3rd year (2nd grade) for my twins. Good luck!

Misty - posted on 05/06/2014

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Hi , I'm a full time working mom and homeschool a 4th grader, 3rd grader and soon to be kindergartner! my husband works full time as well. He works in the dairy industry m-f 4am to 12:30-1:30pm and i work from 3pm to 11-11:30pm. It is a lot of hard work but working different shifts(if possible) really helps. when we get days off together we try to make the most of it , to make up for only seeing each other for an hour or two on workdays. I use mixed curriculum and online sites to add some fun variety. everyday we work on the basics,math ,reading and writing. and then on certain days we spend extra time on other subjects like science, history and art. we do a lot of interest based learning during the week to. after work I spend some time prepping for the next day and making sure I know what we will be doing. I look over and grade things befor going to work and sometimes take things to work with me to finish during my breaks. If they dont finish before i leave my husband is home to help them if needed or we finish the next day.

Alisha - posted on 01/15/2013

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I work 35 hours a week and I homeschool. Yes it's a lot of work, but life is a lot of work! I love it though and it's going great. You really have to stick to your consistent schedule when you have the time to do it, but the amazing thing is that it's also flexible too. I did Rod & Staff too with my daughter! She really liked it for preschool, but now I use BJU Press. This is really something that you and your husband need to work out for your family, but if he wants to help and he wants to homeschool, I say go for it! You never get these years back and you should think about the influences of public school.. You can always arrange play dates with families you know. Are there any in church? Kids don't need a bunch of other kids to play with, they need constructive learning play time. It is scary the things kids learn in public school now... younger and younger they know about bedroom things and swears. To me, it's not much of a benefit to have my child around children with only one teacher supervising but it is your child and your decision as a family. She will love the time with you and daddy if you do get to homeschool. It is amazing you have a supportive husband! Don't be hard on yourself!

Gwen - posted on 08/17/2010

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I'd like to add that I'm not a particularly religiously Christian person. But we're going ahead with R&S for several reasons: cheap, easy to follow, my sister-in-law and her daughter have both been employed by them, and used their curriculum very successfully, and I like the way it is broken down. Online public school would be even cheaper, but I don't want to have to answer to others and follow their plan. I don't want to limit my child. And I would like to be able to be creative and free with the learning process.

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Mona - posted on 08/07/2014

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How does your day look like when teaching your 2 children. I work at home FT and thinking about homeschool but not sure how to slice my day. I have flexibility in my job

Gwen - posted on 08/17/2010

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Thanks to both of you. Tiffany, we do have 2 online public schools here in Ohio. We've chosen to not do that, based on what many have experienced with it. I recently bought the first grade curriculum from Rod&Staff. They combine K and 1st, and DD is finishing up their preschool stuff.

Tammy, I've found that many new homeschoolers have a lot of good information because they have fresh eyes. It is really hard to find homeschooling moms who work full-time too, so it would be good to keep in touch!

Tammy - posted on 08/17/2010

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I am just beginning homeschooling two of my children. I also work full time as well as do online schooling for myself. It has been an adventure so far but we love it. If you ever need anyone to talk to, I may not be very experienced in homeschooling but I am here :)

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