I would like to thank Nicole for letting me guest blog on her beautiful blog. I am very honored to have this opportunity. When Nicole and I were trying to choose a topic on what I would blog about the subject that seemed to come up was...
How do you homeschool AND work?
That is a common question asked of me. We have been homeschooling since 2003. I have always had a part time job. But have been working outside the home part time since 2005. I have been very blessed to have an opportunity to bring my child (when I started only had one child) or children to work with me.
In 2003 we started homeschooling with Pre-K. For the next 2 years I did home daycare. In 2005 I stopped doing home daycare and went to work outside the home. I started to work for a small family business that had the "office" inside the families home.
When I started I worked 4 days a week from noon to 5pm. On Wednesdays I would teach co-op and make dinner at our church for about 60 people. But the key word there is HOME. I was able to bring Biggun to work with me and he had toys and books to play, the ability to go outside, watch tv or nap.
I would school in the morning before we went to work using time4learning.com and other hands on activities. At work there was an additional computer (boss's son) and if Biggun did not get his school done he could do it at work.
When I first started I only had the one child. That changed in 2007 and again in 2008. I grew closer with this family that I called my boss and they became the God Parents to all three of my children. Their house became more child proofed then my own home. I could not ask for a better job.
After typed that last sentence I am reminded that I am VERY Blessed. I do have a second part time job. I am an independent contractor for the curriculum that we loved so much, time4Learning.com. Not only am I able to bring my children to work with me but I am able to choose my own hours (I am a night owl) doing something I love, writing blogs and more.
My kids have only ever known homeschooling and me working. As my children age I am loving that I can school my oldest in the morning, one on one and then my littles (6yr and 4yr) I can school in the evening after dinner. Everyone loves the ability to do things on "OUR" time. For our family homeschooling and working are two words that go together.