Homeschooling can be a great way to educate your child. It can also be a hardship on the family finances. Mom and dad both work. Mom and dad NEED to work. Maybe you want to homeschool because the classrooms are so big and your student needs some more one on one? Maybe, you child has had a rough time with the new Common Core math or reading and needs some catchup? Or maybe, you have concerns on the mandatory vaccinations and wonder if that is something you want your child to receive? For whatever reason, homeschooling can be accomplished and not damage the family finances.
So how do we manage all this? Well, there are many choices. Do you have friends or neighbors that plan on homeschooling this summer or next year? Ask around, maybe inquire on a local town site to see who is planning on doing what this next year? My suggestion is to get a small group of students, similar age, but they don't have to be the same age, and get together and pick a homeschool program. I have many BLOGS on the choice of programs. If you are looking for very minimal rules and regulations, but a great program, Waldorf is one of those. There is a lot of open choices for the parents and the program can be set up to lean toward your child's interests.
Time4Learning seems to be a good program also. There are city programs too which are free to all in the city, but they do have more restrictions and a more standard curriculum. Anyway, get some people together and go over the choices. Try to agree on one program, so that delivery is made easy. If everyone is on the same page, then begin addressing the schedule.
This may seem to be a horrendous task, but it doesn't have to be. Let's set it up on a five day schedule, maybe like a typical or close to typical normal school day. My suggestion is to chat amongst yourselves, and decide who has what strong points in what subjects? Who loves and is good at math? Who is a great reader and loves history? Get the idea. Divide up the kinds of lessons needed and each parent or parents picks a day that they can be the teacher or maybe half day be the teacher.
I'm sure many of you are thinking, but I can't get a day off to do my part? That won't work! Well, another option is to have a stand in for your day! Hire a tutor for YOUR DAY ONLY! Maybe one of the other mothers would like to do a second day, and make a little money? Maybe a college student interning to be a teacher could help out? There can be many solutions.
There are many ways to organize the homeschooling schedule. Put your heads together. Who can do what? It may cost you a bit to do this, but do remember WHY you started this in the first place. We all love our children to pieces, and want the very best for them, so chat amongst yourselves!
I am happy to answer any questions. I would love to hear back on your responses and concerns.