Homeschooling for the Single Mom by LaToya Edwards

I never thought that I would be parenting alone. I never thought that I would be homeschooling alone. But I find myself doing both of those things. In the beginning everyone tried to convince me that I made a mistake. I needed to work. I needed to put son in the care of professionals that could handle his special needs. They didn’t think I could do it.

They were wrong. If you are a single homeschool parent know that you can do it too. It won’t look like a traditional homeschool family (but really what is that anyway). It will take some hard work and some creativity but it can be done.

People always ask how I manage to homeschool as a single mom. There really isn’t a secret formula for success. You just have to figure out what works and don’t be afraid to change if/when it stops working.

You have to be able to support yourself and your children. Figure out what that means. Will you work during the day and school at night? Work at night and school during the day? School on the weekends?

Be creative and think way outside of the box.  If you must work away from home look for another homeschool family that can help you out with childcare. If you have older children maybe they can help out with their younger siblings.

When looking for curriculum do not spend a ton of money. Look for used curriculum sales. See if you can borrow from another homeschool family. Get to know your library. Many subjects can be taught with some really good books and a library card.

Find a support system. It’s important to have a community to help lift you up and support you on your homeschool journey. If you can join a local homeschool group or co-op. Look for online groups. And do your best to get to a homeschool conference.

It may not have been in your plan, but you can homeschool as a single parent.

Latoya-EdwardsLaToya is a single, homeschooling mom of two bouncing boys. She lives for the quiet moments of the day which are few and far between with two rambunctious young men running around the house. She strives each day to life fully for God and although she often falls short she is determined to stay the course. She wants to encourage women to follow God’s direction for their lives no matter the circumstances. You can read more about her life on her blog:

2016-10-17T16:12:34+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|Latoya Edwards|11 Comments


  1. Darice February 4, 2014 at 7:38 am - Reply

    I just heard you on TJMS, and that was truly inspiring. Ive homeschoolef for 7 years. My daughter trains as an international ballerina and as a minority she often is competing as a sole African American. My sixteen year old just won as a Disney Dreamers Academy and I believe that homeschooling roots had much to do with thier success (and God definitely!!!!). Although I’m not single, i understand your journey…, day by day. Keep up the good work and God Bless you!!

    • LaToya Edwards February 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words Darice. I think it is awesome that your children are doing so well. Good work mama!

      • Theresa Pisoni April 3, 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

        I would like to find out more about homeschooling my 9th grade daughter, and mostly getting accountability her education being “accepted” by the school board.

  2. Danielle February 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I love your website and what your doing with your boys. As a single mom of a five year old boy. I am looking to start a christian based evening and night care center for single parents looking to work, go to school, run errands, attend conferences and more during non-traditional hours. I am a licensed provider located in Bronx, New York. I will leave a contact info for anyone needing help in this area. Be blessed. 347-373-1269

    • LaToya Edwards February 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Danielle what a blessing you will be for single parents 😀

  3. Ann-Gela February 13, 2014 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Wonderful article!and to Danielle, evening and night care is so needed for single parents. I’m in CT, not quite Brooklyn, but if you know of any located in CT, I would certainly be interested.

  4. Rosa February 13, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Wow! Just this morning I was questioning my ability to do this anymore. I have been trying to home-school my child for 2 years, she is 13 and in “middle school”. I first had to “unschool” myself, I think a bit of that traditional model is still ingrained in me because I am finding it frustrating to keep up. I am a single mom and I work 9-5; but don’t get home before 7; I bring her with me to work and she goes to the public library nearby to work; we then go home together but most nights mom’s too pooped to review. It can be done with some adjustments. I keep feeling that I’m failing miserably and it’s too late to get her back into the system, even though I don’t want her there.. Ironically, she has a job one day a week providing child care for a home school group that meets at the church, this group is awesome but we can’t afford it right now, I’m working on it, we currently use a free online curriculum which is great and complete, but meanwhile she is getting to meet other people and gaining some responsibility and experience, this also counts toward her community service. I was ready to throw in the towel, but I think I’ll stick with it for now and see where God directs us next. Thank you for a much needed kick in the pants!

  5. Rachel February 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! This has been on my heart the past few days wondering if I can pull off homeschooling my daughter while working full time. She would start Kindergarten next year. I was homeschooled my whole life until highschool. I am so thankful for the difference it made in me, I want the same for her. Thank you again for your inspiration:)

  6. Marci Wright February 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Really enjoyed reading your blog & I am glad to know I;m not the only single mom who homeschools! Life is full of things we never expected, & like you, I never expected to be a single homeschooling mom. We tried traditional school when my son was very young, but it was a terrible experience for him (he’s a special needs kid & was bullied at public school) & so I had to find a way to make this work. 🙂 I am lucky enough to be able to work from home, but it is still hard – especially since my dad was diagnosed with cancer about 3 months ago & I am the one who drives him to chemo & dr. appointments (sometimes 3 or 4 a week!) This has definitely been our most difficult year & the only year where I’ve had second thoughts.. but we’re hanging in there. And I will keep coming back to your blog for encouragement so please keep it up. You’re doing a great job & your sons are lucky to have you as a mom! 🙂

  7. Sherry March 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Ladies, all of your hard, never ending work is so worth it! I have homeschooled my four boys for the past seven years. This year they are all in school, grades 4,8,10,11. They are all solid and strong being home together for so long. I think the greatest gift you can give your children is time homeschooling. I encourage you to create your own school and don’t try to mimic public schools.
    Praise the Lord for His guidance and the opportunity to be an amazing mom.

  8. Belita Lynum May 29, 2014 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Hi I stumbled across your post and I’m so glad I did. This was such a blessing to read and I’m encouraged to know that I’m not crazy or alone in wanting to homeschool my children even thought I’m a single mom. Thank you for sharing!!

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