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 home school parent know that you can do it too. It won’t look like a traditional home school 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 home school 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 home school 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 home school 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 home school journey. If you can join a local home school group or co-op. Look for online groups. And do your best to get to a home school conference.
It may not have been in your plan, but you can home school as a single parent.
LaToya 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: http://latoyaedwards.net/
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