I hope all is going well for everyone this morning and that SPHEA.Org has been helpful in your quest to homeschool your child(ren)...even as a single parent. It is after all the reason I created SPHEA in the first place. Today I just wanted to take some time to check-in and connect with you all and offer a bit of encouragement to those of you who may be considering homeschooling as a single mom or dad, or who desire to homeschool but don't think it's possible. Oh, and if this is your first visit to the blog, welcome!
The first thing I want to make clear is that, homeschooling is totally possible as a single mother or father. YOU CAN DO IT. No doubt about it. I've homeschooled all 3 of my children and graduated 2 of them from high school. Of the two who are adults now, 1 is in college and the other is legally blind and attends Braille Institute. One of them, my youngest daughter is still home and after attending preK, 1st and 2nd grade at a local charter school I am now homeschooling her as well. She is in 3rd grade and having a great time.
It is so important to understand that homeschooling is not like them "being at school." You'll need to change your idea of schooling as it is traditionally structured, with grades, report cards and desks lined all in a row, and this is especially true in regards to scheduling. The typical homeschool schedule does not, nor does it have to, mimic the average child's day at a brick and mortar school. You can do some schooling in the morning, afternoon, or evening. You can just have school 3 days each week, or some in the morning and then the rest in the evening. Your options are really endless. So for the single parent that homeschools and works, this means that you can schedule school to occur on your days off, or when you have finished working, or before you go in to work. It is possible to work full-time outside the home even; you'll just need to schedule school accordingly and have someone available to look after your student when you are away.
The last thing I want to stress is that learning is not only done inside of a classroom 6-7 hours each day. Learning is happening in the world, everywhere all of the time. Learning is in the reading of books. Good quality books. Learning is at the park or taking a nature walk looking at the various plants, insects and trees, and learning their names. Learning is watching grandma sew, cook or knit or learning chess from an uncle or older brother. And most of all, socializing is not only done on the school playground. Its done at church, summer camp, family dinners, homeschool clubs and at the park, local rec center or the Boys & Girls Club. Healthy socialization occurs with all types of people, of varying ages, ethnicities and cultures.
I hope this short little note of encouragement helps you take the homeschooling plunge. If you have any questions or single parent homeschooling concerns, feel free to contact me. I'd be more than happy to help you get on your way.
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