As a single parent, I homeschool my child. And in this article, I will tell you the solutions I have found to common issues with homeschooling while single.
Problem: How do I work and homeschool my child if I am not married?
There are many ways to homeschool your child and work if you are a single parent. One of the more common ways is to work from home. Many single parents can teach their child while working from home. You can write for magazines, write a book, or work for a company that allows you to work from home, instead of coming into the office.
Also, a single parent could work part-time while the child is at extra-curricular activities like sports .
Problem: How does a single parent “take a break” from a child who is homeschooled?
This is a common question when a family homeschools, and much more so when it is a single parent who is teaching the child. Most homeschooling families do not need or want to take breaks from their children. Some do. A single parent with a child with autism, for example, like myself, does need some respite time to regroup, refocus, and destress.
This can be accomplished when the child is at sports, sleepovers, play dates, at birthday parties with friends, with family members like grandmothers, or even that long, hot, soothing bath at the end of the day after the children are asleep.
Problem: How can a single mom afford to homeschool their child?
As a broke single mom who homeschools, I have found resources to help with this. One is The Book Samaritan. This organization helps families to keep home schooling by providing home school books and materials.
I find free activities all of the time for my daughter, including free museum passes from the library, free library events such as musicals, free plays through the home schooling organization, free outdoor movies in our community, free educational movies, books, music, and documentaries from the library, and on and on. Freecycle is another resource for educational materials. I was able to get a skull model from there for free!
Do not forget to save all receipts so you can turn them in at the end of the year for taxes. You get a tax credit and sometimes a refund for items you purchase for your home schooled child or lessons for music. The school system reimburses for some items such as online schooling and classes for homeschoolers.
A single mom homeschooling can find very cheap materials to home school by shopping sales, going to thrift shops, and exchanging home school materials with other home schooling families.