DH and I believe that homeschooling is the best way to educate our children. Unfortunately, we don't see a future where one of us is at home full time. At the preschool age there are still many options for places our kids could go for a couple hours a day, maybe 2 or 3 days a week, where they can be creative but not "schooled". But as the kids get past the age of four or five, those options disappear. Ideally, I'd love to have my kids involved in activities that continue to foster creativity and self-motivated learning, and we really want a mixed-age "one room schoolhouse" sort of group for that, and then do HS between us two parents the rest of the time.
Does anybody do this? Do HS organizations provide for giving parents "day's off" or even half days off during the week?
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
When Rain was early school-age, it was more like lots of playdates with other homeschoolers. By 6 or 7, she was happy to spend long periods of time at a friend's house, and then another day a friend or two would come over here, and they would literally spend hours doing things together without needing any adult intervention. Some moms liked to do more project-type things, so they'd invite Rain and a few other kids over to make cheese or go tidepooling or whatever... I never got that fancy, so I would take groups to the park and push them on swings.
As she got older, she developed stronger interests, so she'd spend a couple of hours a time at rehearsal, or soccer practice... there were various class-type things aimed at homeschoolers, some of which were too schooly for us, but some of which she really enjoyed, like at a science center or nature center. She also started volunteering at a historic farm at age 8, without me... I think most of the options for bigger kids are aimed only at homeschoolers, because it's assumed that other kids that age will be in school most of the day. So until you're active in that community, you may not know they even exist...
Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
Also, our parks and rec department has a lot of homeschooler activities during the day.
Also, you could take advantage of reciprocal playdates with like-minded families.
You might find a high-school aged homeschooler willing to babysit your DD in your home or hers (where presumably she would also have a parent to fall back on for advice).
You could find someone who does in-home childcare. I can certainly see, if DD hits "school" age while I'm still in school myself (and therefore in need of childcare), feeling out if R, her current childcare provider, is willing to continue watching her. With the in-home setting I have no expectation that she's "teaching" DD or the other preschooler/babies. She goes there and plays, gets fed, etc. In other words, it's childcare, not "preschool", which is what I prefer. After a while she might get bored with all younger kids around, but I'm sure it could be managed.
breastfeeding, babywearing, homeschooling Heathen parent to my little Wanderer, 7 1/2 , and baby Elf-stone, 3/11!
I am a home daycare provider and would jump at the chance to have another homeschooled child in my care during the day. Home daycare seems to be a booming business for homeschoolers in my area, as I personally know of 5 families who do this! It might be something to look into.
Another option would be to take advantage of afterschool activities at childcare centers, YMCA, and other community organizations. You might be able to find a program that fits your needs and provides the type of environment you want, if you can make these hours work.
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
Next year I will be in school full time and don't know what I'll do with her. She refuses to go back to school. I thinking/hoping she can homeschool with our neighbor family. I really wouldn't see her during the day, but at least she wouldn't be in a school type environment all day -they are more or less "unschoolers" like us.
I was homeschooled for middle-> high school and my mom certainly had a life and did lots of part time and volunteer work, me and my brother and sister were perfectly capable to take care of ourselves. My bro and sister we homeschooled from elementary school on.
For me, I have a lot of family support (my mom watches my girls when I am in class) but the older my oldest dd has gotten we also utilize classes at the science museam, etc...homeschooling should all fall on one person, one person can't do it all, there are many people in this world for our children to learn from so utilize those resources (classes around town, hiring an older homeschooler to help watch the kids when you need to get work or school work done, etc).
Homeschooling is a way of life, it's not seperate from any other aspect of my life so we just kinda don't stress about it but find ways to make it work no matter what is going on. Hope that makes sense. I think if you have good support from family or friends it can be done. I know a lot of homeschooling moms who work part time, go to school, it is not set in stone that anyone person has to be at home full for it to work.
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