While your child is with the nanny or sitter when you are working, be sure to provide activities and assignments for your child to have completed upon your return. This could be educational games, math facts practice, reading, essay writing and penmanship. They should also be spending time outdoors as the weather permits. Sitting home playing video games or watching television for hours should not be allowed.
Older children are much more independent and should be expected to complete most of their assignments on their own. Homeschooling teens hold jobs, start their own businesses, help teach and supervise younger siblings, do community service and take classes at the local community college, so their lives and schedules are completely different from the younger homeschooled child. Older homeschooled children should have lots to do on a daily basis.
About the Author: Aunice Yvonne Reed is a writer and homeschooling consultant. She is an experienced single-parent home educator of 18+ years.
Further recommended reading:
Co-oping: The Single-Parent Homeschooler's Guide
Single Parent Homeschooling: Not Impossible! 6 Tips to Help You Do It