Topic | Homeschool while working

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  • beverly1014
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    My children have been in public school but the Corona virus mess has forced the teachers to switch to an online model. It has been a disaster. I don’t blame the teachers; they are classroom teachers trying to be virtual teachers.

    My children are probably going to fail the last quarter and I’ve already accepted it.

    Over the summer, I’m planning to experiment with a combination of an online program plus living books and nature learning, just to see how it goes.

    The catch is, I still have to work full-time. At the moment I’m working 100% remotely but in June it will be 50% remotely. By June, one will be 11 and the other will be 12. Is it even possible to do this?

    sarah2106
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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>I know families do homeschool while working, it has challenges, but it can work. I know there are groups for FT working parents and homeschooling, likely on FB. I would also reach out to HSLDA, they have such an amazing support system to help parents succeed despite challenges. I was told “they are like guidance counselors for parents, so the parents can guide the kids”</p>
    Will you be working all day, or have different shifts, such as morning or afternoon? That could effect learning time, saving thensubjects that need more help for when you are available and more independent subjects more when you have to work.

    There are online options, but sometimes those can come with unrealistic expectations, other times they are a perfect fit. Some school districts offer “options” programs. They are very popular in my area. They are usually taught by homeschool teachers (certified teachers who now homeschool) and the student goes once a week for the entire day. That gives some outside/in person accountability for your students.

    Accountability will be a big part, and likely take adjusting for you and your children. It would be a lot like doing homework with you after you get off work, catching up and staying current with their studies, checking their work, answering questions… I would start out slowly, which over the summer might be a great way to test it out. Just do a couple subjects to refresh and test the waters of working and teaching for you and your children.

    beverly1014
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    I work 8-5 at home. When we go back to the office, we’ll be doing two weeks there 8ish-5ish and two weeks at home.

    sarah2106
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    When you are working from home would you be able to check in with your children, possibly at set times for a set time that way you don’t get pulled away from work for too long but the kids would know that you are available at specific times. For example every 90 minutes, check in with them for 15 min to see if they are on track or need some encouragement then set aside any more I involved help/problems for at the end of the day or over lunch. That might help set them up for days when you have to work in the office. Maybe you could even check in at those similar times when in the office. I don’t know if that is an option, just more ideas.
    <p style=”text-align: left;”>I am home but with schooling three children it took the kids and myself, time to figure out how to multi task the different needs of each of each of us. For example, for a while my oldest would wait an hour with a question thinking she had to wait for me, when she could have moved onto something else and then circled back when I was available to help. It took us time to figure out what worked. Families with many children have different logistic challenges, some families have medical needs with many appointments, some working full time… There is often a way, but likely it will not look like any other families homeschool journey, but that is the beauty of homeschooling, it does not have to be like everyone else :)</p>

    beverly1014
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    That’s a good idea. I’ve been working on thinking through a schedule. I take breaks at basically the same times every day unless I’m up against a deadline. We usually take a walk during my afternoon break but I can change that to the evening after work and use that time for check in. It’s Florida so that afternoon walk is wicked hot anyway. 🤣

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