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Single parents are in a whole other boat. While some have the generous support of family and friends, others feel like they are floating alone in the middle of the open sea. And then, what if these parents also feel the need to homeschool a child? What help is there for single parents who want to educate their child from home?
There are many creative ways that single parents can make homeschooling feasible. One way is to find another homeschooling family who also has unique needs, and switch-off homeschool instruction with them. Or you might be able to find a family member or friend who would be willing to oversee some or all of your child's homeschool work. But if none of these options work for you, there are still options.
Thanks to today's technologies, there is now the option for "online homeschooling", and it is gaining popularity daily among homeschooling families with unique situations. Online homeschool, by definition, is any self-paced education that is accessed on the internet. This can include the state-supported virtual schools, distance education programs, online homeschool curriculum programs, or even parent-designed lesson plans utilizing the internet. By using an online program, homeschoolers have access to pre-designed lesson plans, self-directed learning, online tests, and automatic grading. For single parents who want to be able to educate their children at home, but don't have the time or ability to devote to lesson planning and teaching, this can be a viable option.
Computer-based homeschool curricula provide a lot of options for single parents. With a flexible enough environment, they can bring a child to work with them, and allow them to do their schoolwork on a separate computer. If they work from home, children can work somewhat independently on their studies. Or if they spend part time with a caregiver while their parent is at work, children can still access their school work from any computer.
If you are a single parent who has been wondering if homeschooling is possible, it might be time to investigate it further. With some sacrifices, compromises, and adjustments, single parents CAN homeschool their children.
To find out how other moms and dads are managing homeschooling as a single parent, drop by our Parents Forum and read some of the threads where single parents have shared their stories.