Ever since I could remember, I’ve always wanted to home-school. I love the idea that I can tailor my kid’s education to focus on their strengths. But most of all I love that my children can learn however they learn best. In the past few years, I’ve learned how to homeschool as a full-time working mom.
My goal is to one day be home with my kid’s full time. Until then, I work hard to manage my time so that I can still homeschool while working a full-time job. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. And if you’re as serious as I am about homeschooling at all costs, you can keep reading to see if my method could also work for you.
My child is still young, so he doesn’t require much yet. But this method can work for any age group.
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Decide on Your Homeschool Method
Deciding on how you are going to approach homeschooling is what will help you organize your time efficiently. Whether you choose to take a relaxed approach, primarily focus on E-Learning or use a traditional homeschooling method, the method you use will determine how your time will be taken up.
In our house, we do a mix of classic homeschooling and Waldorf. We have 4 dedicated learning days. Those days are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. On those days we learn a lot through play, but we also go through a planned curriculum. Since my child is very high energy and has a hard time focusing, we go through curriculum at his pace and try to incorporate as many activities and games into his curriculum learning as possible. See our Activity focused 26 Week Alphabet Curriculum for Preschoolers here.
The beauty of homeschooling is that your child doesn’t have to sit in a classroom for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in order to learn what they need to learn. You can teach them what’s needed in 3-5 hours. Depending on your child’s age, the time they need can vary. And you can tailor your child’s educations to suit their needs and nurture their strengths.
Because my son is doing preschool, we don’t need as much time as an older student would. Our focused learning is usually done anywhere between 1-3 hours in a day.
You can find all the different method of homeschooling here
Create a Routine and Stick to It
Most homeschooling moms have an entire day they can plan out, but if you’re like me, you only have a few hours a day to schedule out due to working full time. I make the most of my time by making sure to think of activities and lessons at least a week in advance so that when I get home from work, I don’t waste any time.
A routine will not only keep you sane but will help your child learn better.
My sons school week usually looks like this:
|(9-10:30am) E Learning W/ Mommy (Here he will watch something educational)||(12-1:30) E Learning W/ Grandma (Here he will watch something educational)||(12-1:30) E Learning W/ Grandma (Here he will watch something educational)||(10-11:30) E Learning W/ Mommy (Here he will watch something educational)|
|(11-12pm) Focused Learning (Bible School )||(5-6:30) Focused Learning & Art (ABC’s, Reading, Pre K Math, Etc… )||(5-6:30) Focused Learning & Art (ABC’s, Reading, Pre K Math, Etc…||(11-1pm) Focused Learning (ABC’s, Reading, Pre K Math, Etc…|
|(1-2pm) Art or Outdoor Play Learning||(1-2pm) Art or Outdoor Play Learning|
As you can see, my son gets 3 ½ hours every day for four days of focused learning. The rest of the time is spent learning through life. In the morning when I am working, he spends some time watching educational videos. He learns the best with visuals and he really grasps the information being shown to him. See The Best Educational Videos for Preschoolers
If you have an older child that requires more learning time, you can make use of the time you’re at work by:
- Signing up for e-learning courses they can do on their own
- Hiring a tutor for specific subjects
My Weekly Schedule looks like this:
|Sunday||Monday (Work from Home)||Tuesday||Wednesday (Work from Home)||Thursday (Work from Home)||Friday||Saturday|
|(5-7am) Work on Blog||(5-7am) Work on Blog||(6:30am) Leave for work||(5-7am) Work on Blog||(5-7am) Work on Blog||(6:30am) Leave for work||(5-7am) Work on Blog|
|(7-8am) Make Breakfast for everyone||(7-8am) Make Breakfast for everyone||(7:30am-3pm) Work at Office||(7-8am) Make Breakfast for everyone||(7-8am) Make Breakfast for everyone||(7:30am-3pm) Work at Office||(7-8am) Make Breakfast for everyone|
|(8-11pm) Chores/Family Time||(8-4pm) Work||(4-5pm) Dinner||(8-4pm) Work||(8-4pm) Work||(4-5pm) Dinner||(8-11pm) Chores/Family Time|
|(11pm-12) E Learning||(4-5pm) Dinner||(5-8pm) Family Time/Chores/Kids Bedtime||(4-5pm) Dinner||(4-5pm) Dinner||(5-8pm) Family Time/Chores/Kids Bedtime||(11pm-12) E Learning|
|(12pm) Lunch||(5-8pm) Family Time-Bedtime||(8-10pm) Devotional/Quiet/Me Time||(5-6:30) Homeschool||(5-6:30) Homeschool||(8-10pm) Devotional/Quiet/Me Time||(12pm) Lunch|
|(1-2pm) Go Outside or do an activity||(8-10pm) Devotional/Quiet/Me Time||(6:30-8pm) Family time – Kids Bedtime||(6:30-8pm) Family time – Kids Bedtime||(1-2pm) Go Outside or do an activity|
|(8-10pm) Devotional/Quiet/Me Time||(8-10pm) Devotional/Quiet/Me Time||(8-10pm) Devotional/Quiet/Me Time||(8-10pm) Devotional/Quiet/Me Time|
This is the bare bones of my schedule and I fill it out weekly according to what we are learning.
Child Care and Support
Lastly, you’ll need to figure out who will be staying with your child while you’re at work.
In my case, we have my mother who lives with us. I am very blessed to have her help us the way she does. Many, however, don’t have that option. Other options could be:
- A Nanny/Babysitter
- Another relative/friend
- Your spouse (if you are on opposite working schedules)
- Another homeschooling mom
Support is the greatest resource you will have on this homeschooling journey.
Homeschooling as a fulltime working mom can be challenging and tiring but it is not impossible. If you have a partner, try splitting the responsibility between yourselves. Be creative and be flexible but most of all believe that you can do it and that no one knows your child better than you.
If you work full time, what are ways that you homeschool?