Discover the Magic of Mapping out Your Week
Homeschooling is a growing movement. More and more parents are choosing to teach their kids at home for reasons that include individualized instruction, efficient use of time, the abundance of excellent curricula available, and the quality time they get to spend with their kids.
But for many families, to homeschool means to give up one parent’s income, which can become a financial hardship. What many families don’t realize, though, is that homeschooling does not preclude earning a second income.
Everyone is allocated the same 168 hours per week. The important idea to consider is how we use these hours. Let’s break it down.
Homeschooling takes less time than traditional schooling, because school time is more focused and intentional. You don’t need to use any of your time for assemblies, roll call, bathroom breaks, lining up, etc. Most families can be finished with their studies before noon, if they start around 8:30 or 9am. So, if it takes your children 3-4 hours per day to finish all their subjects, then you can allot 15-20 hours to homeschooling each week.
If you sleep for 56 hours (8 hours per night) and reserve 60 hours to “other” activities (such as errands, cleaning, meal prep and recreation), you still have 32+ hours left that you can devote to creating a second income. I spend about 20 hours per week running our two businesses from home (4.5 hours on 4 afternoons a week).
So, the time is there, if we use it wisely. But that is certainly not the only obstacle to working from home. As homeschooling moms, we are responsible for the care and supervision of our kids 24/7. All working parents need some type of child care, even those who work from home. However, public school parents utilize the school system, which provides built-in childcare. Homeschooling parents who wish to focus on work or building a business just need to get creative. That’s not a problem since creativity is our specialty!
Here are some ways that creative homeschooling moms have carved out some uninterrupted work time:
- Hire a homeschooled teen to come over to your house and watch your kids for a few hours during the day.
- Swap play dates with a neighbor or friend who will watch your kids for a while, if you will watch hers at another time.
- Nap time and bed time are built-in quiet times for all parents. Working during nap time, early morning or late evening hours may be a solution.
Another idea to consider is that homeschooling doesn’t mean that you, the mother, have to teach every subject. Homeschooling means that home is the hub of learning and you are the manager, but the possibilities for a quality homeschooled education are endless.
Here are some ideas for utilizing other teachers for your children’s education:
- Some curricula have built in teachers, usually on DVD, such as Switched on Schoolhouse, Teaching Textbooks and Math U See.
- Some subjects can be learned online through programs such as Landry Academy, K12, Liberty or Calvert.
- Private tutors may be hired for individual instruction.
- Get dad involved. He can help with school work during the evenings or on weekends.
- Swap subjects with a friend or neighbor.
- Utilize the local community college for your high school students, allowing them to earn dual credit.
Homeschooling parents are a creative bunch who think outside of the box. Interestingly, so are entrepreneurs. These two concepts – homeschooling and home-working – really do work well together.
We will find that we have all the hours that we need to build a business that complements our homeschooling lifestyle when we map out the hours of our week. Being mindful of our hours and how we spend them is what propels us forward. And that’s where the magic happens.
Question: What’s holding you back from claiming all 168 hours in your week?