One of the most common dilemmas in homeschooling is how to create the perfect homeschool schedule for working moms.
It is incredible how a mother juggles working a regular 9-5 and tending to her home, let alone homeschooling her child. That is why it is helpful to create a homeschooling schedule for working moms.
Creating homeschool schedules may be as daunting as homeschooling itself, but it sure can be done.
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How to create a simple homeschool schedule ideal for working moms
Homeschool schedules can be overwhelming at first, especially if you’re family is doing it for the first time. But this isn’t the time to panic. A simple homeschool schedule requires discipline to keep everything in order.
Here are some of my tips on how to create a homeschool schedule for working moms.
1. Consider your family in creating a simple homeschool schedule
The plans you will make depend largely on the type of homeschooler you feel that you are.
Are you the very organized type who needs a daily schedule that is based on a weekly or monthly plan, or are you a loosely organized homeschooler who just goes by the day hoping to accomplish something?
Either way, you still need to sit down and plan your daily activities so you can ensure that you will still have time to do your own work while homeschooling.
Moreover, you also need to determine the size of your family.
- Are you going to facilitate your homeschool schedules alone?
- Does your child have siblings who might distract your homeschooler during “school time”?
- Do you have extended family members who can help out while you work?
- Can the eldest in the family be a “substitute teacher” in case you get stuck at work?
- Do you need to hire a nanny to help out with chores so you can balance your time between homeschooling and working?
Homeschooling can sometimes be a team effort. More often, it’s success depends on the support you get from your loved ones.
2. Consider your work schedule in creating a simple homeschool schedule
It is possible to work while homeschooling your child. The first step to coming up with your homeschooling schedule is to assess your own work schedule.
- Are you working full-time or part-time?
- What is your week like at work?
- What is your husband’s schedule like?
- How can you fit your homeschooling schedule in your daily working schedule?
Aside from having supportive family members to help out with homeschooling your children, another factor to consider in creating a simple homeschool schedule is how much time you CAN and WANT to spend with your kids while keeping the balance between life and work.
3. Try to switch up your homeschool schedules
How did your first week as a homeschooling mom go?
Was it chaotic?
Or if you haven’t started already, are you worried that the homeschool schedules you prepared aren’t going to work?
If something is not working for you, then change accordingly.
It is understandable that you would want to keep to your schedules, but the beauty in homeschooling is that you can be flexible as much as you want to, as long as you are able to ensure that your child learns at his or her own pace.
For some families, a simple homeschool schedule just might not work.
I didn’t get it the first time either. It wasn’t long before I realized that my daughter hates Math.
She loves reading and music.
So, instead of having Math first thing in the morning, we do a little morning exercise first, with a mix of singing and dancing to help her get “in the zone”. And when her energy is up, that’s the time we proceed to Reading or Writing, and THEN Math.
So don’t stress it!
4. Be flexible in your homeschool schedules
Very much related to switching things up is being flexible when it comes to homeschooling your child. Hopefully, parents are homeschooling their children because they want them to be able to take responsibility for their own learning; and what better way to take full accountability of one’s own education than being allowed to lead one’s own learning. When we allow for child-led activities, schedules may not always go on as planned.
5. Determine what type of homeschooler you are
In order to make an effective homeschooling schedule, you need to determine what type of homeschooler you are. Your homeschooling curriculum will depend on your family’s day-to-day life.
Every family is unique so find a curriculum that will suit your family’s situation, in this way, scheduling activities will be a breeze.
Below is a sample of a very simple homeschool schedule I did during my first year of homeschooling.
Since I work from home, it has been easy for me to shift gears from homeschooling mode to work mode.
But if this isn’t you, you can adjust your homeschool schedules by
- reducing the number of hours or days you homeschool per week
- reducing the number of subjects you teach per day
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There is no perfect homeschooling schedule for working moms.
It doesn’t exist.
Or should I say…
The perfect homeschool schedule for working moms depends on whatever fits your lifestyle.
You can always encourage your child to be independent with the scheduled tasks, and while your child is at it, then you may be able to do your own work.
Keep in mind that whatever homeschool schedules you make, it is supposed to work for you and not against you.
So consider the tips mentioned above when you make your own simple homeschool schedule.
What is your homeschool schedule like?
Were you able to find the right “groove” in homeschooling your kids while working?
What makes it easy? Difficult?
Let us know in the comments.