Single Parent HomeschoolingLaToya Edwards
Homeschooling as a single mom is something that many people don’t understand.
When I started homeschooling my children, everyone around me thought I was crazy. They couldn’t understand why I would walk away from a full-time legal career to be at home with my children. Surely I needed to put them in school so I could work and provide for them?
The truth is that I questioned my decision to homeschool as a single mom many times. There were moments when I thought that I would have quit. There were times when I felt unsure. But over the years I have found that what most people told me would be impossible has been possible.
Are you a single mom or dad considering homeschooling? Are you a single parent already in the homeschool trenches?
1. You are not alone!
Yes it’s true that there is a growing community of single parents homeschooling their children. For a long time I thought that I was the only one until I started looking. I found one single mom and then another and another. We need to encourage each other and support each other.
There are also many people in the homeschool community that are ready and willing to help out a single mom and her children. The key is to ask and to take the help when it’s offered.
2. You don’t have to break the bank to homeschool
The question that I’m asked the most is how can I afford to homeschool as a single mom? The truth is that you can spend as much or as little as you want to educate your children. I am a huge fan of multi-age curriculum because being able to buy one curriculum that will work for all of my children over many years saves money. Also using the library to help find great books will allow you to teach many subjects without spending a dime.
3. Always opt for simplicity in your homeschool
As a single parent you have a lot on your plate already. When you take on homeschooling, you probably need another plate, a bowl, and a baking dish to hold all you have to manage! I have found that keeping our schedule simple is key to staying sane. Our schedule allows me to get our lessons finished each day with time left over for fun, for work, and to keep the house (relatively) clean.
Those are just a few things to encourage you on your journey as a single homeschool parent. Remember to have fun with your children and enjoy being able to walk beside them as the learn and explore the world. You may not be able to do it all but you can find joy as a single mom and as a homeschool mom.