More and more families have shown interest to homeschool their children, so I decided to share with you this beginner’s guide to homeschooling, especially, for the busy and working moms.
Often, the moms take on the teacher role, while dads are there to support. As a working mom who teaches my daughter, I know how difficult it is to juggle work, family, and homeschooling all at the same time.
I can imagine how daunting this is going to be especially those who are homeschooling for the first time.
But this is no reason to panic. Yes, it can be a challenge, but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
But before we get started, I curated a Homeschooling for Busy Moms Starter Kit that you can download for FREE.
This starter kit is composed of templates:
- Daily lesson plan
- Weekly homeschool planner
- Attendance record
- Homeschool supplies checklist
- Progress report/report card
Click the image below to get your free copy.
Alright, so let’s get started.
Can a working mom homeschool?
Definitely. While homeschooling for working moms may get a little bit overwhelming at times, there are a few things busy working moms might need to remember when they finally embark on their homeschooling journey. Below are tips for homeschooling busy moms.
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Beginner’s guide to homeschooling for busy moms
1. Familiarize yourself with the homeschooling laws in your country
Homeschooling is legal in many parts of the world; that being said, you must also be aware that the legal requirements vary from one country to another.
Before you get too excited with homeschooling, be 100% sure that you familiarize yourself with homeschooling laws.
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2. Find the best homeschooling curriculum that will work for you and your child
Not all homeschooling is the same. You need to be able to keep yourself abreast with the different approaches already existing in the homeschooling world so that you may have a guide on how to start your own homeschooling journey.
You might have heard about the different homeschooling approaches like:
- Classical Method
- Charlotte Mason
- Unit Studies
- Eclectic Education
Find out more about their principles and methods, so that you will be able to weigh down your options to what is the most suitable curriculum for your family.
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3. Find homeschooling support groups or homeschooling co-ops within your area
If you’re homeschooling for the first time, and a busy working mom, seeking a support group for homeschooling for busy moms can set your mind at ease. Homeschooling parents who may have been in this homeschooling journey will definitely be able to help a homeschooling neophyte like you.
Homeschooling co-ops are perfect for those who are interested in homeschooling but clueless on how to get started. Having a community or support group allows you to get a deeper perspective about homeschooling for working moms. Who knows, you may get an accountability partner, too.
4. Look for homeschool room ideas
If you’re just starting out, you might find yourself excited about every single homeschool room idea you’d find on the internet.
Oh, hello, Pinterest.
When I stated homeschooling my daughter, I have this idea of creating a homeschool room that’s fairy-tale-like but find it soooo hard to get decors.
Good thing I settled with a minimalist homeschool setup. In fact, I have another blog post about it.
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5. Shop for essential homeschool materials
This is pretty much similar to an actual “back-to-school” shopping we usually do. But this time, you’re buying supplies for homeschooling.
To avoid going over your budget, create a list of your must-haves. A free template is included in my Homeschooling for Busy Moms Starter Kit. Download your free copy here.
6. Take a break
From working to deciding to homeschool to planning your curriculum and lessons, and then budgeting for your homeschooling and family – this whole homeschooling for the busy moms is definitely going to drain you out.
Pause if you need to.
Working full time while homeschooling will stress you out. It won’t hurt if you step back, re-evaluate your schedule, and do a little bit of self-care.
7. Learn and have fun together
One of the main reasons I considered homeschooling my daughter is because I want to be “in-charge” of my child’s journey towards education. As a mother, I want to be accountable for providing the best education for my daughter.
This may sound ambitious to others, but I’m glad I did it.
It’s a tough decision to take over my child’s education, rather than get professional help from licensed teachers. But for me, homeschooling is one of the best decisions I made for my daughter.
I get to spend more time with her, plus, I enjoyed learning with her, too.
What is a good schedule for homeschooling for working moms?
This might be a trick question to some but this is one of the main reasons why I created this beginner’s guide to homeschooling.
How about you ask yourself…
“Do I need a homeschooling schedule?”
While there are some families who tend to be more free and loose with their schedules, others prefer a more structured and organized homeschool schedule.
When I started homeschooling, I prepare a monthly and weekly homeschool schedule which compliments with my work schedule. But there are instances when my working schedule change. If that happens, I need to adjust my homeschool schedule as well.
But planning ahead helped tremendously especially with last-minute changes.
If you can’t create a schedule, try routines. Sure, everybody would still call it a “schedule”. Figure out what works for you, your work schedule, and your child.
That’s about it for my beginner’s guide to homeschooling. I know that homeschooling for busy moms is going to be a challenge at first.
But if you’re heart is in the right place, I’m sure everything will turn out well.