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Just found this- YEAH! hey to homeschool moms working outside home too.

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Initial post: Oct 7, 2009 8:26:21 AM PDT
If you are also a homeschool mom working outside the home- am I really alone? In our mom gatherings- which, due to scheduling I seldom get to attend, I find that I am soooo the odd man out as I work full time outside the home and am trying to schedule the days to include crazy amounts of must dos... is there anyone else out there? We have a 5th and 4th grader, work opposite schedules so we can teach and work and try to see each other( my husband and me) as often as possible. UGH!!

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 1:51:40 PM PDT
Tabitha says:
Hi Jean,
I homeschool one fifth grade child and work 3 part-time jobs, 2 professionally outside of my home. You are not alone. Another mom I know works as a Radiology Nurse ( she doubles up her shifts). Another mother of 8 who homeschools, won EMT of the year from the local squad. Glad you connected. I also post on's message board.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 8:28:33 AM PST
SHOP!! says:
Oh WOW! I home school 4 and teach remedial reading for 5 to 10 year olds out of my home. Would love to hear how you moms and dads manage when you work outside the house and home- school.

I use several charts and if everyone pitches in and does the work everything goes pretty well for the most part, our house is in OK order but could be better. I also use the same math, grammar, geography and history for 2 students. so the is a big help.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 7:04:34 PM PDT
I am about to start home schooling my son for K and I work full time (demanding hours, including travel). My husband will work part time, and watch our son. We are trying to find a balance, so would love to hear any tips!

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 4:14:09 PM PDT
C. Stevens says:
I'm a single mom of three kids (ages almost 8, 12, and 14) who had to give up homeschooling when my husband took off five years ago. I worked for a couple of years to get back on my feet before starting my own daycare center at home. Now that I feel able to resume homeschooling, I'm having to fight for that right in court against my ex. I think home daycare is a great way to enable homeschooling! It will be another couple of months before I know for sure if I can do it, but I'm making plans anyway.

My plan is to do history and science all together. I'm starting with two chapters of ancient history per week, and the kids will add their own reading at their level, plus relevant map/geography and timeline work. Not sure if I'll do a specific science program, or just do science experiments along with history as they come up (I have Joyce Hakim's History of Science series). Two older kids will do language and math on their own. With my youngest I'll continue with Miquon math (my two older kids did well with that before they went to school) and Spell to Write and Read/Primary Language Lessons. I'd like to add a Bravewriter-style literature/art/music tea once a week. Kids help with housework a great deal.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 12:34:45 AM PDT
Hi, My husband works nights as a nurse and I am a neurological surgeon. We homeschool our two and knew we would before they were born. We were blessed in that practice economics shifted quite a bit in our town and I am now more of an on call physician. With much less demands in time; 80 to 90 hour weeks then and now only 20 to 40 hour weeks. We used the How to teach your baby to read and How to teach your baby to be physically Superb and How to Teach Your Baby Encyclopedic knowledge. This developed a natural joy in learning for them and advanced them. Homeschooling has been easier though not a breeze. Our sitter is educated and motivated and helps quite a bit and my husband does as well. It has been very much worth the sacrifice and often quite fun for all. I would not do it any other way for them and I know neither would my husband. I still cook quite a bit and clean quite a bit and shop and do laundry and do all of the chauffering to an from two co-ops and piano and 4 gymnastics classes and swimming. We've been blessed with much opportunity and despite my work rarely any cancellations.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2010 9:09:32 AM PDT
Luvislam says:
I work PT outside of the home. My mom helps with our homeschooling. You are not alone and although I sometimes envy the extra time others have for tons of activities and field trips, I really love having a semi life of my own:)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2010 11:10:55 PM PDT
R. Matteson says:
I consider myself a "hybrid" stay-at-home mom. I am a registered nurse and worked full-time weekends while my oldest was in K-1, and have worked part-time these past three years on weekend and night shifts. I'm sure that within the next year or two I will have to cut back more as my younger three reach school age and I have more demands. Remember, there really is no such thing as a "typical" homeschooler. We can work around what is best for us and our families.

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 5:29:42 PM PDT
We have found a one day a week public school option here in CO for homeschool kids. The kids take things there that are more fun in a group- orchestra, drama, science lab, spanish...etc. This is on one of my dayshifts and is PERFECT!! The schools here also let you opt into some classes. We are thinking of letting the kids take one or two classes there next year that are really great- electronics lab. CO is VERY supportive of homeschoolers. So far we ahve done it all ourselves, but I am willing to let home ec and some other things be away from us. We'll see.

Posted on May 4, 2010 6:58:16 PM PDT
I currently run a full time child care business out of my home and I am about to venture into homeschooling in the fall for my son who will be in K and my other son who is in preschool. I am very nervous how this is going to work while I am also providing child care for 4 other children all day. But after long consideration we have decided this would be the best choice for our children and family. We are hoping that we will be stable enough financially with in the next couple years to quit babysitting and be fully devoted to education our two sons. I am very nervous, but also very excited! Haven't told the families I care for yet and I am curious how they are gong to react.

Posted on May 12, 2010 2:45:55 PM PDT
Some encouragement for Brittany Worley: I homeschool my 4 and have had an in-home day care for the last 3 years. When I started the day care my oldest was just in kindergarten. The parents I babysat for thought it was wonderful that I was homeschooling, especially since it meant lots of crafts and books for their babies. It took time to work out a schedule but it's absolutely possible to do both! Even better, as time went on I ended up keeping some of the day care kids and now I teach them as well; next year I'll have 4 1st graders but no babies. The extra money every month has been a great help.

Posted on May 13, 2010 9:36:34 PM PDT
J. Lamping says:
I also work 40 hours a week outside the home (2pm-midnight thursday-sunday), have unwittingly begun daycare and I crazy?? We have three boys ages 5, 7 & 17. My oldest has been homeschooled most of his life with brief forays into public and private schools. My 7 year old will begin homeschooling this summer after public school gets out...i was truly hoping that a school with a great record and montessori program would persuade me to keep him in school - ain't happening. My 5 year old goes to my friend's montessori preschool/kindergarten - i watch her baby daughter and she takes my boy and everyone is happy. I ended up caring for friend's children and the extra money is definitely worth it and my kids have other children to play with...though it is extra work. I think that no matter how we struggle to make this happen and work for our families - ultimately it is worth it. There are times FOR SURE that I wonder if my life wouldn't be easier if i could just work 9-5 like everyone else and have weekends and holidays off - and my kids could go to school and i wouldn't have so much on my plate. But then my mom will call and tell me that when she took my 17-year-old to lunch, the waitress actually came back to the table and looked at my son and said, "You're homeschooled, aren't you? Because nobody your age speaks so politely and has such nice manners." Just keep looking for those moments of silver lining. It's not always the easiest or the most fun way to live - but i believe that it will be rewarding - even just to have that relationship with your kids is worth every moment of angst.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2010 2:52:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2010 2:58:13 AM PDT
L. Bubash says:
So glad I found this! Thought I was crazy to try working and homeschooling, but I work nights 7 on and 14 off-so more of a hybrid. I love doing it, but not sure how things will evolve as the kids get older. I have been looking for a local group of young homeschoolers with working (part or full time) parent(s). Appreciate advice from those really doing it all, we have 6, 4 and 2 year olds and only 1 year of homeschooling under our belt. So glad to see so many examples of it being possible!

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 10:57:06 PM PDT
I am thinking of homeschooling our children because after trying to an urban public school preK I do not like how my oldest child is speaking. I think that I know my child pretty well, and might be able to focus better on strengths/ weaknesses than a teacher with a classroom full of 25 disruptive kids. I work full time as a nurse, as many of you here have mentioned. I am a little daunted by the fact that NY state has some strict rules about record keeping. I am also worried because we don't really get a chance to "do over" their education if I mess it up! Any advice would be great! I was thinking of getting hold of a kindergarten curriculum and trying to "fill the holes" public school is sure to leave.
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