Just because there is one parent in the household doesn't mean that homeschooling is off the table as an option for your child's education. There are resources available that can assist the single mom or dad who wants to offer their child something different in the way of a learning environment.
The single parent homeschool does offer some challenges but none that can't be overcome. If you feel that traditional public school education is not for you and your child, then you have the option to bring them into the home and teach them there.
It is important to remember that while this type of education is termed "homeschooling" it is not by any means a school in the home only. Learning can take place in various arenas - while you are shopping, visiting a museum and even cooking in the kitchen. Homeschooling offers more options for kids when it comes to learning experiences because it is one teacher and one child (or more depending on your family size). The point is that it is not 30 children.
Because you are not in a two-parent household, loneliness can set in. there is not another adult to discuss the choices you are making as far as education or to vent if you have had a bad day. Since homeschooling is unique, this can be the case in two-parent households as well. What makes the difference is support outside the home to bolster your homeschooling endeavors.
Tips for Homeschooling as a Single Parent
- Involve the other parent - If the other parent is in your child's life, they can be of help to you. One, they can assist financially as you seek to better your child's education. Two, they can help with learning activities outside the classroom by finding ways to reinforce what you are teaching in the classroom.
- Choose a nontraditional approach - You have to work to support yourself and your child as well as run a homeschool. Who says that learning has to take place during the day only? Choose a weekend and/or evening option for teaching. During the day, kids can perform practice exercises at daycare or in the company of another relative. Check with your state educational regulations to see how many hours you need in a school year. These can be stretched out over 12 months if you have only a few hours a day to devote to teaching lessons.
- Get help - Connect with other homeschooling parents in the community, namely single parent ones if you can. If not, there are online communities that provide support, a chance to vent and options for making it through as a single parent.
- Budget materials - If you don't have thousands of dollars to spend on curricula, use the library, free online resources, and free curricula and try used bookstores and curriculum fairs. Many of the supplies you need for science experiments can be found in your own kitchen or garden shed.
Just because you are a single parent doesn't mean that a quality homeschool option is not in your future.
Carolann Henderson, homeschooling mom, website editor, researcher, student of graphic design, and musician in our family bluegrass gospel band, The Hendersons. You'll find some more homeschooling curriculum reviews, general homeschooling information, free resources, tips and encouragement on my website. I also have a free gift for you that you will find instrumental in getting and staying organized in homeschooling and all areas of your life along with a free ebook to help you homeschool holidays. You can claim your free gifts by visiting my website http://www.homeschooling-road-map.com and signing up for our free newsletter. We look forward to serving you.