Can You Homeschool Your Child and Still Work Full Time?

In today society the majority of families are dual income earners. Someone that wants to switch their children from public school or home school may shy away from the idea simply because they currently work at full-time job.

Although it may be a difficult task it is certainly one that can be accomplished with some creative planning. You would first want to consider the amount of time that most children are actually home school during the week. The typical home school schedule is much different from the traditional public school schedule which is generally around eight hours per day Monday through Friday. Most home school programs can be accomplished with just a few hours each day.

Next you will want to consider the individual student. Are they old enough to stay home by themselves while you’re working during the day? Can the student be given a lesson plan for the day and be expected to have this work completed for you to review when you return home? Does your child work well independently? If the answers are yes and then this will be an easy decision for you. If your child is not of an age where they can be left home alone then you will have to be a little more creative.

Since your average student does not follow the traditional 8 AM to 4 PM school schedule, you may find that home schooling early in the morning or late in the evening would work best for your family. You may also consider doubling up your work on your days off or over the weekend. It is not uncommon for students to be homeschooled on Saturdays and Sundays. Remember that you are in charge of the individual schedule and it can be made into anything that best suits your family.

There are many online curriculums that are available for you to choose from that allow you to work at your own pace not following a set schedule. This not only allows your child the educational freedom to work at their level but also provide you with the ability to educate your child at a time that works best for you. Another option would be a library-based curriculum. There are lots of free resources online that can be utilized for this type of curriculum. Although this choice would require a little more planning and effort from you it still would allow you to set your schedule to what works best for you and your student.

The decision to home school is often compared to a giant leap of faith. Trust yourself and your instincts to know what is best for your child’s education. Homeschooling while working a full-time job can be difficult at times but it can definitely be a rewarding accomplishment.

Why Short Lessons Work in a Charlotte Mason Education

How many times, during a home schooling day, have you found yourself still trying to plug along to get every subject done, that you feel “has” to be done before you can end your school day? Before you know it, it is 3:30…4:00…5:00… And suddenly you realize that not only is your spouse on the way home, and supper is not done, but you never even remembered to get it out of the freezer, let alone start it?!

Plus added to this, your house has become an upheaval in the meantime, the laundry you started before school this morning is still waiting to be thrown in the dryer, or hung on the clothesline. Your kids are grouchy and just want to go outside to play. You have a headache and can’t wait to just sit and do absolutely nothing but stare at the television. But, in drives your spouse, honking cheerfully as he sees his children playing outside. He has had a long, hard, hectic day at the office, and he is so looking forward to a nice home cooked meal. He walks in, looks around, sees the upheaval of things and then has the nerve to ask, “So what’s for dinner?” At this point, all you can do is sit down and cry. Your husband is at a loss as to what is wrong, let alone what he can do, or should do, to help in your situation. To top it off, he is afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, no matter how carefully he tries to word things. Did ‘school’ get done today? Yes, it did. Thank God for that! But was it done cheerfully, with anticipation, looking forward to what tomorrow will bring? Sadly, your answer would have to be an emphatic “NO!”

Well there are specific reasons why Charlotte Mason felt strongly that it was imperative that children be given “short lessons” in a variety of subjects throughout each day. Not only is it a ENORMOUS help to the parent in not becoming overwhelmed, but it also helps you, the parent, to be able to maintain a calm, peaceful learning environment, giving you ample time to get your daily household necessities accomplished. However, ultimately, it is for the sake of your children.

Miss Mason has three simple, basic reasons for short lessons where children are concerned. Firstly, the idea that there is only so much time to get the math lesson done, or his reading finished, keeps the child’s comprehension levels fixed and alert. Secondly, your child has only so much of an attention span for any one subject that he can absorb, without going in to overload. And thirdly, your child gets through his morning routine without getting bored, tired or exasperated.

Now, what better reasons are there than these to continue to learn and follow more of Charlotte Mason’s wonderful, yet simple lessons, that can be used in our personal, every day lives? Go to Charlotte Mason Made Easy website to see more about simple and short lessons.

Free Home school Science Curriculum Experiment – How Pulleys and Levers Work

I never fail to add simple machines as a home school curriculum topic, as simple machines are interesting as well as intriguing. Levers and pulleys are two types of simple machines that help to multiply force. They enable you to do more work with less force.

To understand what a lever is imagine a see-saw in the park. The plank that tilts from side to side is a lever, and the support in the center of the plank on which the plank pivots is the fulcrum. To understand what a pulley is imagine the wheel fixed over a well with a rope over it that helps to draw water from the well. A pulley is nothing but a wheel with a groove that rotates on an axle.

Levers and pulleys help lift or pull heavy objects. The trick with levers and pulleys is that the farther you are from the fulcrum or the axle as compared to the heavy objects, the lesser the force you will require to lift or pull the object. I have tons of exciting experiments based on simple machines that could make your home school curriculum fun and easy.

With a lever you can lift a person three times your weight; only you will have to move three times away from the fulcrum as compared to the person’s distance from the fulcrum. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you can lift a 300 pound person who is standing 1 meter away from the fulcrum. You just have to stand 3 meters away from the fulcrum. Similarly, you can single-handily lift 5 people who are standing 10 feet away from the pulley by standing 50 feet away. Aren’t you amazed at the power of levers and pulleys?

Before we move on to our exciting experiment you must understand what the term ‘mechanical advantage’ or ‘leverage’ means. Mechanical advantage is the maximum load you can lift with the same effort on your part. After the first experiment you will learn that the more the levers the more load you can lift with the same effort.

Now here’s my favorite home school curriculum experiment!

The Dowel Pulley Experiment: You will need two of your friends, two strong 18 inch dowels and a slippery nylon rope for this experiment. Have your friends stand facing each other with each friend grasping a dowel with both their hands at chest level. The dowels must be held horizontally, at the same height from the floor and parallel to each other. Let the two dowels be at least 2 feet apart.

Now tie one end of the nylon rope firmly to the dowel between the hands of one friend, seeing to it that you tie it as close to one hand as possible. Now pass the rope over the other dowel and pull it from under, bringing it over the first dowel. Wind the rope around both dowels in such a way that two complete loops are formed crisscrossing in the form of an ‘M.’ Now hold the free end of the nylon rope tightly and ask both your friends to pull the dowels apart while you prevent them from doing it. Can they do it?

Now tug at the rope and ask your friends to resist your pull. Are the two of them strong enough to resist your tug at the rope?

Next, Wind the rope around both dowels in such a way that four complete loops are formed. Now repeat the tug of war. You will see that more the loops the easier it becomes for you to defeat your friends. What does this tell you about pulleys?

Note that the dowels act as pulleys. The more loops mean more pulleys. The more pulleys mean less effort you have to put in.

If you enjoyed this experiment, there are many more that you could ask your teacher to add to your home school curriculum. Fore more great science experiments and activities visit the free “Home school Parent’s Guide to Teaching Science” at the link below.