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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While … [Read More...]

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    3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences

    Hi teachers! Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for some more of my sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word sentence printables with you.   Each worksheet has the … [Read More...]

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    Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

    I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 6th Grade

    Hi everyone! Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d put up a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post so you can see what we’re doing this year! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Strawberry Shortcake’s … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

    Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as … [Read More...]

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22
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.

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Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family.

While homeschooling doesn’t take the same amount of time as classroom teaching does, you will still need to follow your state requirements for attendance and annual hours. And regardless of your student’s ages, it will also require a certain amount of daily commitment on your part.

That said, “Yes! You can homeschool and work”. But make no mistake…it isn’t going to be easy.

There are a couple reasons why someone may need to homeschool and work. The most common occurrence is the single parent. Others may be concerned that they won’t be able to make it on one salary. Whatever your reason, there are several families who have found ways to both homeschool and work.

If you are in the camp of having two working parents, I encourage you to consider your budget priorities and see if there is a way to get by on one salary. As I said before homeschooling is a full time career choice, and you may find that you can get by on one salary by making some adjustments to your family’s budget, or even pairing down to part-time work as opposed to full-time.

Here are a few helpful tips to make homeschooling and working easier.

Pray

Most importantly pray for God to reveal His will for your family. If He is calling you to homeschool, He will also provide you with the means to do that. It will most likely mean making some changes, but with Christ all things are possible. He will make a way for your homeschooling journey if you allow Him to.

 

Look for a job that is flexible

As most of you know, I am author of the homeschooling blog www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com. While I didn’t originally intend this to become a career path, thanks to my readers, it has on some level become a “job”. Thankfully being “self-employed” as such, I can set my own hours. That means I am free to homeschool during the day, and then work in the evenings.

If you already have a job, talk to your boss and see if there is a way you can work from home part time, or if they will allow you to adjust your hours so it better fits your homeschooling needs. If possible, arrange your schedule and your spouse’s schedule, so parents can co-teach. That way they will both be involved in the homeschooling process.

If you are passionate about homeschooling, but find it isn’t feasible in your current job, consider finding a new job that will better fit your goals.

Create a realistic schedule

Keep in mind your unique situation and help create a schedule that fits both the needs of your work and your homeschool. The time of day which you do school is typically not mandated by most state regulations, so getting out of the traditional school schedule may go a long way in helping you successfully homeschool.

If your career requires you work during the day, consider doing school in the afternoons, evenings, or on weekends. When you’re a homeschooling and working parent flexibility is your best friend!

Use curriculum that matches your needs

If you need to work full time consider using an online homeschooling curriculum, or DVD curriculum. While this certainly works better for older students, it can greatly help the working and homeschooling parent. Another option is to choose curriculum that does not require a large amount of pre-planning on your part to make your schooling easier.

Plan ahead

It is essential for the working parent to plan ahead. Having your homeschooling day well planned and setup for your student will go a long way to getting school completed each day. This will require preparation on your part, but the more work you do ahead of time, the less chaos will ensue during school time.

Consider getting help

If your job requires you work during the day, you might want to consider hiring a helper to look after your children while you work. If you cannot work from home, you will need to arrange somewhere for your children to go during the day while you are away.

You’ll also want to consider basic house duties. Can you split them up between the members of your family, or will you need to get help with housework, laundry, and meals? One good way to help with meal time is to consider once-a-month cooking, and freezer meals. Having dinners prepared ahead of time is a great way to alleviate some of the stress of a working parent!

If possible enlist a friend or family member to help take your children to extracurricular activities.

 

Homeschool co-ops

Homeschool co-ops are a great way to give you some time off while also giving your children the opportunity to partake in classes you might not be able to do at home. Some co-ops require parent participation, while others allow you to drop off students.

Most co-ops offer social activities for students such as field trips, spelling bees, geography and science fairs, as well as homeschooling parent nights where you can develop friendships and support for your homeschooling journey.

 

For more information on homeschooling check out my Homeschooling 101: A guide to getting started!

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21
2014

3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences

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Hi teachers! Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for some more of my sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word sentence printables with you.   Each worksheet has the sight word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word, reading the word several times, then writing it on their own. They will also fill in a sentence using the word as well as practice reading the sentence. Students will also cut out the letters then glue them on the sheet to spell the word correctly to complete a sentence. I have also added individual letter tracing to this activity to help with cursive handwriting practice.     Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition along with the variety of activities really helps students remember their sight words. This download includes 41 3rd … [Read more...]

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17
2014

Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

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I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be inspired and encouraged by her amazing blog Time Warp Wife and all of her sweet facebook posts. I always look forward to hearing from Darlene, and when I heard she was releasing another incredible book I couldn’t wait to see it! Psst…keep reading for a chance to win a FREE copy!!   So what is her new book all about? Love gets messy. Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up. Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging … [Read more...]

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16
2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 6th Grade

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Hi everyone! Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d put up a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post so you can see what we’re doing this year! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Strawberry Shortcake’s workboxes today, for those of you who don’t know, she’s in 6th grade this year. Sniff…sniff…   Drawer #1: 1) As you’ve probably already seen, our top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, lip gloss, etc. that a 6th grade girl needs on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students.  We do this as a group with my kindergartener, 3rd grader, 5th, and 6th … [Read more...]

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15
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

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Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as “homeschool burnout”. The responsibilities of the homeschooling parent can be overwhelming at times, and the thought of another day or even another hour of homeschooling can seem like more than we can handle. I once had someone tell me that moms who get burnt out just weren’t serious enough about homeschooling. You can imagine how that affected me when I hit burnout that first year! The first thing I want to say is that “friend” was wrong. “Homeschool burnout happens to all of us at one point or another. The key is to learn how to overcome it.” Homeschool Burnout is Normal The second thing I want to say is that feeling burnt out is totally normal. Unfortunately life isn’t always a … [Read more...]

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14
2014

All About Spelling Giveaway!

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We’re moving on to a new level of All About Learning Press spelling, and frankly I’m even excited! I’d also like to mention that the cover of this new level is Strawberry Shortcake’s absolute favorite color, so she’s thrilled! It’s the little things, no?   This year Strawberry shortcake is starting All About Spelling Level 7, and yes, we’re still loving this program!   What is included in Level 7? Level 7 is teachers students in a practical, hands-on way just like the other amazing spelling levels offered from All About Learning Press. Your student will master important spelling concepts in this upper level: Clues for knowing when to use ANCE or ENCE for the sound of /ĕnts/ as in significance and conference Strategies for spelling words with Latin and Greek elements as in deductible and hydroscope Loan words from French, Spanish, and Italian such as camouflage and scenario A writing station and story prompts to help aid in the writing process … [Read more...]

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10
2014

Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

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I have had some specific requests to update the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook .  Hopefully this will help all of you out there. And if you don’t want the updates, you’re welcome to continue using the copy you already have! Updates include: Upper/lowercase weekdays. i.e. MONDAY –> Monday Added traceable number word cards for each day of the month – i.e. one, two, three, four, etc.     **The updates include the daily notebook pages where students trace what day it is, as well as the number word cards, so if you already have the learning notebook, you might want to just print these pages to save on ink!   The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word (I don’t always require her to write the number word, but usually add it for days 1-10)   I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on … [Read more...]

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09
2014

Homeschooling 101: Time Management

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and Time Management!   Good time management for homeschoolers is a necessity. You’ve already seen a sample of our daily schedule. But there are a few more tips I’d like to share with you on the topic of time management and keeping your sanity. First of all, no one can “do it all” so to speak. Something usually has to give when you’re juggling homeschooling, running a household, parenting children, being a spouse, serving in ministry, and working. Remember, the only pressure we’re under is pressure we’ve put on ourselves. If your schedule is too hectic, take a minute (I know, I know, you don’t have a minute, but trust me this will help.) and write down all your commitments. Next see what you can get rid of, and what is necessary, and then make any necessary changes to your schedule. Having some sort of routine that you follow will go a long way to helping you stay … [Read more...]

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08
2014

September Holidays and Special Dates

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I know this post is a little late being that we’re already a week into September, but I’ve been meaning to do some fun posts on monthly activities to help make your homeschooling a little more fun and engaging! We like to find a couple of things each month that we do to make it special. It’s not always an educational thing, but I at least like to make note of major holidays and celebrate a few out of the box days as well!   So here’s what’s going on for the month of September 2014… Holidays: September 1 - Labor Day September 2 - VJ Day, WWII September 7 - Grandparents Day September 11 - 911 Remembrance September 17 - Constitution Day September 21 - International Peace Day (UN) September 23 - Autumnal Equinox September 24 - Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown) September 26 - Native American Day Fun Days: September 5 - Cheese Pizza Day Make you own homemade pizzas Go out for a pizza night! September 6 - Read a Book Day Head to the … [Read more...]

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07
2014

Classic Literature Volume 3!

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Looking for some fun, hands-on, literature activities for your young readers? Look no further! I’ve been releasing literature units each week, and I finally have the Classic Literature Mega Pack Volume 3 ready to go!  What is a literature unit? Literature units are a great way to introduce your students to classic literature at a younger age. These units all use the “Classic Starts” version of the books. These versions are great for younger students to read and comprehend, while still delving into the classics! The literature units come with daily chapter assignments and mini-books that students will use to create a lapbook. They also include comprehension questions and vocabulary to make sure your student understands each chapter, and to help them remember what they’ve read! These units make reading more fun, engaging, and hands-on! Units included in this combo pack: Anne of Green Gables Heidi Little Women Moby Dick … [Read more...]