I’m a part of several Facebook groups for small biz owners. I’m noticing more and more are homeschooling! This is great, because I’m homeschooling my kids too. It’s good to be in contact with others who are doing homeschooling and home business.
It’s a lot to have on your plate, for sure – homeschooling and home business. So some planning and forethought is definitely required!
If you’re on the fence about whether to send your kids to school or homeschool them, here are three words to bear in mind.
Simplicity. My husband and I have decided that for the most part, we’ll focus on the three R’s, and let everyday life and the kids’ interests take care of the rest. Because when a child can read, they can learn about whatever they want through reading about it. If they can read and do basic arithmetic, they can get by quite well in society.
The workbooks we’ve decided on for our boys are things that they can do on their own. Sometimes they’ll ask for help, and that’s okay! We don’t expect them to know everything, because they’re learning. But when you have multiple children, a home business to run, and the regular home upkeep, it’s good that they can work on their own for the most part.
Flexibility. This is important, because no two days are the same. Some days you’ll have a sick kid, or an excursion (field trip). Sometimes you’ll decide to go on holiday (vacation) during the normal school term – because you can! And those days when you have meet-ups with other homeschooling families, and take care of that thing that non-homeschoolers always worry about – socialisation!
And then some days, you just need a mental health day, and tell the kids to watch TV.
Rhythm. Sort of like a schedule, but not as strict! Our rhythm most days means schoolwork & chores in the morning, then lunch, then kids on their computers while I work in my office. My husband’s work start times are different each day, so sometimes we’ll have lunch at 12, and other days not till 1:30 or 2. But regardless of the actual time that everything happens, it happens in a certain order most days. This way, we all know what to expect, and everything gets done.
Often, I’ll do some work in my office after the kids are in bed. Or if I’m still getting the baby to sleep, I’m on the couch watching Buffy. 😉
And we try to keep to this rhythm during the school holidays, too – although without so much book work!
So this is how we do homeschooling and home business.
Are you homeschooling? How do you do it?