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A Working Mom’s Homeschool Life: C – Choices

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C – CHOICES

As a full-time working mom, I am very grateful for the choices I have when it comes to homeschooling. I am thankful to live in a very relaxed homeschooling state, where there are not a lot of demands put on homeschoolers.

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Today I want to discuss some of the choices that I am very grateful for as I homeschool our son.

Curriculum – I am free to choose whatever curriculum I want to teach our son. We do not have to adhere to any state guidelines. What I teach, and how I teach it, is up to me. This is huge because our son learns best with visual aids, which means we get to choose lots of on line curriculum to help our son learn.

Schedule – I get to choose when we do school. Since I am out the door early in the morning, I allow my son to sleep in. Most days he’s up around 10:30, somedays later. We have a standing agreement that all schoolwork must be done by 4PM, unless he is struggling and needs to wait until I get home to help him. I also get to choose what classes he does and on what days and everything is subject to change.

Free Time – I can give my son as much free time as I choose. Some days he earns more than others. Some days we “take the day off” and make the entire day free, with the exception of educational videos. My son loves to play basketball and when the weather is nice, he will spend hours outside. Who am I to say no?

Location – I get to choose where my son does his schoolwork. Normally, he is set up at the kitchen table, in plain sight as a lot of his schoolwork is online so we like to keep our eye on him.  But he’s been known to pack up his workbooks and head off to a homework co-op at church, or to grandma’s house. We aren’t tied to a building or to a desk.

Grades – I get to choose what is graded and how it’s graded. Right now, we aren’t giving letter grades. Everything is pretty much pass or fail. We do quizzes in most subjects but no tests. Our son struggles with comprehension and we are taking things slow in this area so as not to overwhelm him. Next year we do plan to give grades, but I am thankful that what is graded, and how it’s graded, will be up to me.

Attire – I am thankful that we can choose to wear whatever we want to do school. While I encourage my son to put on clean clothes each day, he’s been known to wear his basketball jersey all week. I’ve been known to grade papers and do science projects in my pajamas. There is never any pressure to go “back to school shopping” because there really isn’t a need for a separate wardrobe.

These are just some of the choices I am truly grateful for as a full-time working, homeschooling mom. What choices are you most grateful for as a homeschooler?

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    SUSAN
    February 1, 2017 at 7:10 am

    How do you do this? I give you so much credit and respect for giving your child the best education and working. I’m the first to admit, I would never have been able to do it.

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      It’s only by God’s grace. I really have to think outside the box and reassure myself that it’s okay that our homeschooling looks different. Thanks for the encouragement!

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    Hannah Bollinger
    February 1, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I too am grateful for the choices and flexibility of homeschooling. I admire you, Barbie, for being both a working mom and homeschooler!

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much Hannah!

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    Cherie
    February 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Barbie, I am always so impressed at all that you get accomplished in a day!!! Great work Momma!!!

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      I think I accomplish a lot in my sleep! Thanks for stopping by Cherie!

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    Linda S
    February 1, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Love this list of choices! I, too, am grateful for the opportunities we have for flexibility in our homeschool. It’s an amazing lifestyle, isn’t? And as a working mom, I know you appreciate having choices in how you do things.

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      It truly is. I use to be so sad that I couldn’t be home with him, but we are learning to make the most of our situation and give him the best schooling we can. Thanks for stopping by Linda!

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    GGMandy
    February 1, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I chose to homeschool as well. I graduated the last one in 2015. It was a joy to do it. I have the most wonderful relationship with my children. I would choose to do it again!

    God bless you as you continue this journey!

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by GGMandy!

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    Gayl
    February 1, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I loved the same kinds of choices when my kids were home and we homeschooled. It worked for us and I loved the relaxed schedule.

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      It’s so freeing. I am thankful we made this choice, even though it is hard at times. Blessings!

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    Dana
    February 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I am so grateful for the choices and freedoms we have as well.

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Dana!

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    Amanda
    February 1, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    So many choices to make when you homeschool. I never thought about all the good things that can go along with making that choice.

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Nice to see you here Amanda!

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    Meredith D.
    February 2, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Gotta love all the choices when we homeschool. It’s such a gift from God!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Barbie
      February 2, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Meredith!

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    Nita
    February 2, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I love having the power to give my kids positive voices instead of the negative voices he has gotten when in school. It’s made a big difference in his life and mine.

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      Barbie
      February 3, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      So true. So glad to be homeschooling our boy.

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    Zekesmom10
    February 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I’m always amazed by the mamas who work, homeschool, and pump out blog content. Go you!

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      Barbie
      February 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you. I rely so much on God’s grace. Thanks for visiting!

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    Kirsten West
    February 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I love your list of choices. I agree with all of them absolutely. There are so many, many ways that homeschooling blesses us. Thank you!

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      Barbie
      February 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Kristen!

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    TaMara Sloan
    February 4, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I am so grateful for all of the choices that homeschool allows us. With 5 children who all have different learning styles and needs, I am thankful that I get to choose what curriculum to use for each of them and how to individualize it for them.

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    Jen|Practical By Default
    February 7, 2017 at 9:40 am

    You know I love this post 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #familyfriday we appreciate it! We hope you come back next week

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