Homeschooling As A Single Mom
The idea of homeschooling as a single mom might seem impossible to some people but it is actually something that can be done. In fact, I am homeschooling as a single mom and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made as well as traveling full-time.
The freedom that you will have homeschooling your kids is pretty damn amazing. When you are no longer tied to a school schedule, you are free to create life on your own terms. I am fortunate enough to work from home but I know that is not the case for everyone. Luckily, you can still homeschool your kids if you do work away from your home.
If your kids are old enough to be left alone while you are at work, then they can stay home while you work and then when you get off work, you can work on things together. If your kiddo is pretty good at self-directed learning, they can get things done while you are at work leaving just family time when you return home.
There are many online homeschooling curriculums to choose from like Khan Academy, Easy Peasy, and Time 4 Learning. Personally, we found that unschooling works best for us so we do not follow any curriculum currently but when we did follow one we tried both Khan Academy and Easy Peasy. Both had pros and cons.
There’s No Way
Before I started my homeschooling as a single mom journey, I couldn’t imagine myself homeschooling. How in the world was I going to take care of my infant daughter at the time while homeschooling my two older girls? Wouldn’t I lose my mind? Was I good enough to teach them? Some of these thoughts might be running through your mind right now.
Here is the thing. Kids have a natural ability to want to learn. Not all learning looks the same. I think we tend to think of learning as this structured thing that includes book work and teaching certain subjects. Honestly, that is what society wants you to think. However, your kids are learning all the time in everything they do. It is pretty amazing what can happen when you take the pressure off them and yourself and just go with the flow a bit.
I really saw my girls blossom when I backed off! Backing off also helped with my stress levels. Here are 5 suggestions to help you get started on your homeschooling as a single mom journey.
1. Don’t Break The Law
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Find out the homeschooling legalities for your state. Every state has different requirements. Luckily, our home state is Texas which is a very relaxed homeschooling state. Some states are more restrictive than others.
2. It’s All About Style
Find out what homeschooling style works best for you. I suggest spending some months deschooling if your kids were in school prior to your homeschooling as a single mom journey. It took us over a year to deschool myself included. Ultimately, we chose to unschool. It’s done wonders for our family.
Connect with other homeschooling families. It’s nice to have a community you can relate to. I suggest looking on Facebook for local homeschooling groups. This will help you hear about events and other things going on for homeschoolers in the community. Plus, it will give you a support group.
Be flexible. It’s nice to plan things out and a planner might help with that but I highly suggest being flexible. One of the great things about homeschooling is the fact that you can relax a bit more and go with the flow. Don’t get too caught up in schedules.
5. Have Fun
This is key. Just have fun! Homeschooling as a single mom is a ton of fun. I remember on the first day of my homeschooling as a single mom journey, I took my girls to the movies to see Hidden Figures. It was the best movie ever and we had an amazing time just having fun, eating popcorn, and enjoying a good movie.
There you go! You are more than ready for your homeschooling as a single mom journey. I am so excited for you! Let me know how it is going in the comments.