Originally Posted by lucasjl
My husband and I will be able to call frequently, text, and email throughout the day.
Wait, are you talking about leaving them home alone together all day long, every day... expecting them to stay inside and just do academic work on their own most days? At 13 and 10? I would have some real misgivings about that part, honestly... it doesn't sound like a fulfilling or enjoyable way for them to spend their time.
At those ages I could see having them home alone together for a few hours, but not fulltime. Maybe you could arrange things for them? Like, if your parents could commit to one day a week with them, and maybe you could hire an older homeschooled teen to hang out with them or take them places two afternoons a week, and maybe they could be with your neighbors two afternoons a week? I'd do something like that... to give their days some structure, too.
Do you have any flexibility in your work schedules? Even if one of you could go in early and one later, that might help... or any sort of flex time arrangement, so that one or both of you could work from home one or two days a week?
I would think that you could leave them some assignments to work on by themselves but you would also need to be spending time with them in the evenings, going over what they've been doing and helping plan for the next day with them...