Both my husband and I work full time and my kids age 6 and 9 are in public school. My son has really struggled in school this year. He had some stomach issues all year long and between missing lots of school, what I feel were unreasonable expectations for executive function skills for his age range, and him having weak executive function skills in general last year was a disaster. However, I cannot say that any of the last three years have been great.
This summer we've been doing a bit of school work just to have a platform to work on his week executive function skills.
I realized the other day that he's doing independent reading, writing (handwriting and grammar), math, a foreign language, and music. Between all of that and the natural learning we do by visiting parks, historic sites, museums and other interests he's practically homeschooling right now on his summer break. Though we are really only spending 30-60 minutes a day total on everything. He's doing it all with a fair bit of enthusiasm. Clearly more enthusiasm then he does his school work.
I really cannot see myself home school while working full time because that means that almost all our family time is school. It also restricts how many activities he's in and he likes to do a lot. So, with his current activities, he can't do any school work 3-4 days a week at all as we are off to Scouts, or baseball. Plus I'd have to arrange care during the day while I work. Nine is too young to be left home all day every day. And we wouldn't be able to do any of the home school activities our area has to offer because I would be at work, other than the occasional outing our neighbor would be able to take him on with her own homeschooling kids.
However the idea of homeschooling does have a certain appeal. I think that a couple of years of homeschooling would be a great chance for us to work on strengthening his weak executive function skills with some concentrated attention to his needs.
I know there are families out there with either two working parents who home school or single working parents who home school.
What does that look like?
How does that work?
Edited by JollyGG - 5/25/12 at 11:15am