Homeschooling and working outside the home

by Dana
(Kentucky, USA)

I am homeschooling my two teenagers--16 and 14. My question is that I am working outside of the home part time now and we homeschool when we can, mostly at night. They get some of it done during the day but is there a SET RULE that I HAVE to school them when the public school or our Christian school here is in session from 8 am until 3 pm or is it ok that I am getting in my days and hours? We are all 3 night owls and their dad works third shift at the moment and I guess we're still not used to that and we can't seem to get to sleep as early as we used to. Am I a bad parent/teacher for teaching when I can like this and for working outside of the home?

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Homeschooling at night
by: Anonymous

Hi Dana,
Everyone's situation is different and I don't know all your reasons for working outside the home or teaching when you can. You and your husband need to make those decisions according to your convictions, your children's needs and your situation.
I'm not sure of the requirements in Kentucky as far as school hours are concerned. True education certainly doesn't fit into neatly organized time slots. You can learn and teach at all times and at any time - especially if you are night owls! (...walk along the road...when you lie down... when you get up Deuteronomy 6)

You need to judge what is best for your teenagers at this time. Are they okay to be left during the day? The beauty of homeschooling of course, is that you are embarking on a journey together - so I would encourage you to spend as much time as you can as a family - learning and growing. There are seasons in life; enjoy the time you can spend with them now.

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