How to homeschool as a single parent successfully!
Choosing to homeschool can be a difficult decision for any family. You have homeschool laws, curriculum choices, schedules, and more to consider going into it. So if you are a single parent, it may feel like choosing to homeschool is impossible. I get it. I am a single homeschool parent, and while it isn’t impossible, there are many aspects that you will need to address that most two-parent homeschoolers don’t have to consider. Let’s delve into the challenges of single-parent homeschooling and how you can make it work for you and your children.
Can You Homeschool As A Single Parent
Yes! You can; however, you need to make sure you can legally. Depending on your situation, you will need to make sure you are the parent allowed to make the educational decision for your children. You can check in your custodial agreement or contact your lawyer to make sure. If you share responsibilities with another parent, it is best to get the other parent’s written agreement as proof before stating. Please contact your lawyer for advice on the best way to legally document the agreement.
What You Need To Consider As A Single Mom or Dad Homeschooling
The biggest concern of all single-parent homeschoolers is time. How will you have time to do everything you need to do as the only parent and also homeschool. This is the stumbling block for many single moms and dad homeschooling. Short of cloning yourself, how can you manage?
Homeschoolers are pros of making their own schedules to start with, but single parent homeschoolers can be even more so! The key is to throw out your preconceived notions on when schooling should take place. Make your homeschool schedule when it is best for you and your homeschooler. This might be early morning or afternoon. You might need to school on different days than “typical” school. Flexibility is the key. Make sure you consult your homeschool regulations before you start your planning, so you are aware of any total day or hour requirements you have to meet.
Unless your children are older, you will need to consider how you are going to get your breaks. Yes, you will need your breaks. Wearing the hat of single mom/dad homeschooling isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be exhausting. Many single-parent homeschool families take advantage of outside programs for their children to give you some time alone. Some also buddy up with local homeschoolers to provide childcare for each other as needed.
Working is something that can really make the decision to take on single parent homeschooling difficult. It can be challenging for two-parent families to work and homeschool, so how can you possibly do it alone? If you are lucky enough to find a way to work from home, it can be doable and comfortable with the right schedule. However, if you work outside the house, you will need to find ways to work the schooling while also adding in childcare. Many single parents homeschooling can and do make this work, but you do not need to force yourself into this situation if it is too much. You have options! You can look into having someone else homeschool your child full or part-time, or hire a tutor!
Get Ideas On How To Homeschool As Parent From Other Single Parents Homeschooling
One of the best ways to start homeschooling is to reach out to others. This is true for single parents homeschooling too! Below are some single parent homeschool support groups to help you get started.
“Single parents and parents which both work full time face a unique set of struggles when it comes to homeschooling. This group is designed to connect with each other, share experiences, organize events, playdates,meet-ups, field trips, etc.” For Dallas Fort Worth, Texas residents.
“A place for single homeschooling moms to share ideas and encourage each other.”
“A group to support and encourage single homeschooling parents in Virginia. Managed by the Home Educators Association of Virginia (http://www.heav.org/).”
“We welcome any kind of homeschooler: full time, part-time, virtual schoolers (K12, etc). If you are a single parent and homeschool your children, please join us for support! We are a SECULAR group and are very diverse in our beliefs.!”
If you are a single parent and you want to homeschool, it is possible and enjoyable! I love the time i get to spend with my children and the bond we have together. Take some time to assess the considerations above and make a play. You can do this!
Do you have any questions or comments about single parent homeschooling? Do you know of any additional single parent homeschool support groups? Let me know in the comments below or contact me by email.