Homeschooling and Working Full Time
These days, a lot of families can’t afford to live off one income, leading both parents to be working in some capacity — full time, part time, however they can support their family. When your little one is ready to begin early childhood education, it’s important that parents are a part of it. Working full time and homeschooling your little one is possible; however, it can present some challenges.
Working from Home
Working remotely would be ideal for homeschool preschool. Some parents have to work in the evenings, weekends, or early mornings to make themselves available during their little one’s school hours. This route has the potential to exhaust, so be sure to consider your options for you and your family’s mental health. Homeschooling your little one can be a full time job in and of itself; adding your full time job on top of it can cause a lot of stress for everyone. If you have a job that is flexible about location or hours, work with them to set up a successful balance between your work and your little one’s homeschool preschool.
Homeschooling may be necessary because that is where your child is most successful. Not every child thrives in a classroom environment due to a myriad of reasons (academic, social, medical, etc) — they may feel more comfortable at home and therefore more engaged in learning through homeschool preschool. Unless you have someone coming to your home to teach your little one, you are their teacher. Now imagine being in the classroom and you walk up to your teacher with a question but they are on an important Zoom call. There is naturally going to be a lack of social interaction if you work full time while your little one is homeschooled, but there are ways to work through this:
- Daily Routine: Having a consistent schedule will help you set check-in times with your child.
- Parallel Work Time: You can include parallel work time in the schedule, so you can be together but working independently.
Homeschooling has evolved as online curricula and other education resources have become available. There are also tutors and virtual classes that provide extra help educationally, as well as with socializing. Many online programs track progress, which gives you the chance to see how your child is doing and inform you of any areas that they may need more support in. Online early childhood education is a helpful tool — however, your little one may need help through a challenging subject and helping in those moments can be difficult when you are also working, even from home.
Especially with early childhood education, little ones learn through play, and they need you for that interaction. With helpful tools on platforms like Playgarden Prep Online, homeschool preschool is possible!
Does WFH and Homeschooling Work?
It all depends on what is going to work for your family. Take your time laying out the options and make the best decision for your family at this point. If your family grows, things could change — you and your family’s health and well-being should always come first!
Reference Article: https://mamateaches.com/homeschooling-while-working-full-time/
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Hi, I'm Miss Julia!
Miss Julia has been an early childhood educator for 5 years, with over 10 years of experience working in childcare. She has been teaching at Playgarden Prep since 2017, and is happy to share ideas on some of her favorite early education topics with you! Miss Julia has a BA from UC Irvine, and uses her experience in performing arts to inspire little ones every day in her enrichment classes at Playgarden. In her free time, Miss Julia loves enjoying nature, cooking, and creating with friends.