For parents who work full-time outside the home and yet desire to homeschool, it can be challenging to see where and how to begin.
Here are the first three steps that the parents with whom I work move through in order to get where they want to be.
1. Solve the daycare issue. There are various ways to do this, depending upon your unique situation: work part-time from home/part-time at your workplace, hire a nanny, share a nanny, hire a relative (always try to pay if you can although if someone volunteers, that's lovely), downgrade and/or downsize a lifestyle/budget/household, etc.
If one parent can be at home at least part-time then this first hurdle is easier to clear. (See also my post on daycare solutions from earlier this year.)
2. Give up traditional ideas about "when" school occurs. K-12 education takes only a FRACTION of the time allotted to it in a traditional school day. This is in part because 1) large classrooms demand teacher energy and focus and 2) schools function as daycare for much of our society.
If you're going to be out of the house during the 8-to-5 hours, then remember that nights, weekends, early mornings--these are all "fair game" when it comes to scheduling time to educate your own kids at home.
3. Finally, develop a schedule that works for your family--and stick to it. The parental discipline is essential, especially if the adult(s) are gone 40 hours a week or more. (There are several useful sample schedules in the back of my How to Work and Homeschool* book.)
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• How to Homeschool When Both Parents Must Work Full-Time
• Basics of Keeping a Weekly Work and Homeschool Schedule
• Lessons from Single Homeschool Parents
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