Studying History…

We love studying history at our house!  One thing by daughter has enjoyed this year, that I mentioned earlier this week, was reading Story of the World.  She has read Volume 1 (available on Amazon at  http://amzn.to/2kNmVyf) and is almost finished with Volume 2 (available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2kowDcF).  There are four volumes total to the book series and workbooks are available as well.  (We have yet to try the workbooks.)

If your child loves history, this may be something you would enjoy as a read aloud or they may enjoy reading alone.  As a mom who works outside the home, I sometimes find it works best for us if she has something she enjoys reading on her own.  (If you purchase from the links above, a small portion of the proceeds will go to support this site.  Thank you.)

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World Wars I and II Resource

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Currently we are studying WWII- and just finished WWI.  (Our history schedule does go along with Classical Conversations.)  One resource I have found helpful, and you may too, is The World Wars, An Introduction to the First & Second World Wars by Usborne Books.

This book is packed full of information and engaging photos.  My daughter has really enjoyed reading it.

We often use the library as a resource for books on subjects we are studying, but given this is a topic we study for several weeks (and will in future years as well), I decided to purchase the book.

If Usborne still publishes this book, I am unaware.  I found my copy on Ebay.

 

 

The Employed Mom’s Schedule

A question I’m often asked by friends and family is how I manage to work outside the home and homeschool our daughter.  Truly, in many ways, it takes a village.

Our day tends to be more in blocks of time than specifics, but for those who really want to know, I start school at 6:30 am most days.  But, that’s what works best for this morning person.  I encourage you to do what works for your family.

Before I go to work we do language arts and math.  Depending on how the morning is running, we may also work on spelling and my student may practice piano.

When I go to work, I have some options.  On a rare (and I do mean rare) occasion, she may go with me.  She may go with my husband.  She may go elsewhere for care.  While there I send the things she needs to work on, but does not necessarily need me to stand over the top of her.  She does handwriting, reading (and we always talk about it later), her Classical Conversations memory work and sometimes some extra math practice.  Sometimes I assign a journal or creative writing.  She also is reading through the Story of the World series.  She is currently on Volume 2, which you can find here: http://amzn.to/2jrRyMB   (If you purchase though my link, a small portion of the proceeds go to this site.  Thank you for your support.)

In the afternoon/ evenings, we often work on additional science and history and geography using Classical Conversations as our guide.  She also has some type of physical education activity at some point each day.

The key to working outside the home is finding the balance that works for you.  Most days I work 5 hours a day out of the home at 4 days per week.  My day off is our community day for Classical Conversations.  We often also have school on Saturdays, especially if she is working on a special project.

So can you work outside the home and homeschool?  Absolutely.  It took me a long time to find a schedule that works.  You will find something that works for you…keep plugging away at it!

 

 

Let’s talk about planners…

Planners.  Everyone has their own personal style.  Personally, I like to be able to see the entire month at once.  I keep our appointments, my work meetings and family activities on a planner very similar to this one:  http://amzn.to/2kgYE5B

(If you purchase the planner through the link above, I do receive a small portion of the proceeds.  Thank you for supporting this site.)

The planner I have is actually a little different (I ordered it last summer and could not find it available for purchase anymore) but by the same company.  I keep our lesson plans, menu plans and anything else I need to do in a separate notebook, which is a topic for another post.

For me, being employed and homeschooling means keeping track of all appointments and activities.  My mind needs to see the entire week and month at once in order to make sure I am not overloading our schedule.  I even write our weekly activities such as church and piano lessons on my planner.  I much prefer a paper planner to one on my phone.  You do not have to plan like me- but you do have to find what works for your family.

Let me encourage you to use some type of planner- a planner that works for you.

What is the Employed Homeschool Mom?

Welcome to the Employed Homeschool Mom!  I’m a mom in my fifth year of homeschooling.  Each year I have homeschooled, I have worked outside the home.

I work outside the home 20-30 hours per week.  I volunteer regularly in our church and with two other organizations that requires my time- and that I be away from home. My husband is self employed and I often title myself his administrative assistant, taking care of quite a bit of the paperwork side of his business.  However, I still homeschool our child.  It is possible to work outside the home and homeschool…and I want to show you how to that on this blog!

Here is where I would love to tell you have I have maid and a chef that take care of the household chores for me…but that’s not the case.  I also do a majority of the cleaning (minus our child’s chores), laundry and cooking around our home (although cooking does occasionally mean takeout).  I often do the yard work around here too (during summer break).

It’s also my hope that if you are a seasoned homeschool mom (and I would love to learn from you too) or if you are a full time stay at home mom or a work at home mom that I would have something to offer you as well.

(I do encourage you to check out the homeschool laws and requirements in your state.  They may be different that what is required of my family.)

As I build this blog, please check back regularly for new content.