5 Days Of Homeschooling Blog Hop~Single Parent Homeschooling

by adustyframe ~ May 14th, 2012

Homeschooling James was always our plan. Lee and I talked about homeschooling our children before we ever had children.

He left the actual planning up to me, but he was always supportive and helpful.

Then he went to prison.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do and seriously wondered if I was crazy to even consider homeschooling my son as a single mom. Did people even DO something like this?

I wrote a little bit about my thoughts in this post. YOU?! Are Homeschooling? 

 If you haven’t started yet and you’re also wondering if you’re crazy to even consider it here are some thoughts:

1. Pray~God knows the plan for you and your children. He can make impossible paths straight.

 Ask other Christians to pray with you.

2. Realize that your homeschool doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s.

It simply will not and cannot and THAT IS OK!  Don’t allow yourself to worry that you’re not using the curriculum everyone else loves. Don’t compare the things “they” get done with the things you get done. You pray about what God wants for your family and go with it.

Another hurdle to overcome is the expectations other homeschooling moms may place on you. You have to watch your own thoughts but you may also have to stand up to other homeschool families who pressure you to do what they do.

3. Know that school can be done in the early morning, late afternoon, evening, or weekends.  If you are working outside of the home (which I did for awhile when I first started), your homeschool may not happen from 8-2–it may be from 12-4 or 4-7 or whatever works for you. This is OK!

4. Find local support~either other homeschool families or friends who are supportive of you.

5. Find online support~You can find Yahoo groups, forums, and facebook pages to help you as you homeschool. You can find general groups or groups very specific to your type of homeschooling. It’s great to have other moms to run questions by or ask for help to choose a curriculum for your child’s interests or needs.

6. Remember YOU are the mother given to these children. God gave your children you as their mother. He gave you the desire to homeschool and He will equip you.

You don’t have to homeschool like anyone else because you are homeschooling like you.

If this is what God is calling you to do–YOU CAN DO THIS and you can do it well.

Find out what other TOS Crewbies are posting about on their blog hop by checking out this post.

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Lizzie

4 Thoughts Shared to 5 Days Of Homeschooling Blog Hop~Single Parent Homeschooling

  1. Jody at Because I'm Me

    I too home school as a single parent. And I agree wholeheartedly that it can be done. It’s not easy, certainly, and financially we struggle, but it works so well for us that it’s worth the challenges.

  2. Janet

    Thank you for posting this series. I would like to add to my site and/or blog eventually, if that’s ok!

    Yes that’s fine!

  3. Jacque Dixon

    Great tips Lizzie. I found this article on Pinterest, and I knew you;d have some great tips, so I wanted to check it out.
    I hope you and James are well.
    Have a great week!
    ~J

  4. Glenda Cornelius

    I like this post. I’ve been thinking about homeschooling for years now and I’ve always chickened out—I am not happy with my children’s education in the public schools. I am a teacher but I’ve never taught my children. I am also a single mom–am the primary provider–so quitting my job to homeschool sounds DAUNTING. Any helps on how you make it financially?

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