Best way to break it to my kids that i’m not capable of homeschooling them?
(14 kids from baby to 16 and a recently deceased wife.) Wow!
From what I understand, you are saying you don’t have the ability to homeschool them.. also, your oldest may not be too keen on the idea. (probably because she would be doing the bulk of the work if you said yes).
If you are on the fence and really want to homeschool, you could hire people to supervise just as i am sure you already hire people to watch your youngest kids.
If you are not in the right place emotionally to take on such a huge endeavor with so many kids, then you need to explain that you just can’t.
Another solution is to let the older kids (12 and up who want to homeschool) do it and send the younger ones to school until they are independent enough to use a self directed program.
Still another solution. Get in touch with local homeschoolers. There may be a single homeschooling mom who could use any income you could give her to take on homeschooling your kids along with hers.
Whatever you decide, they will still love you.
you are doing an amazing job!
homeschooling is very taxing especially if you are a single parent and have no space/time for yourself or support.
firstly what are their problems with the public system and can anything be done about it?
secondly are there any homeschooling co-ops in your area?
is it possible to do 3 day on 2 day off rotation with another homeschooling family?and even put the kids in an after school care programme 5 afternoons per week so u can still have a break and they can run around supervised?
can you afford a tutor 1 day a week for just a few hours? to relieve the pressure?
or can you talk to your school principal and sort out the current problems they are having with their public school?
another idea 😉 are there any private schools that have scholorships and or let parents work in canteen etc to help pay for fees?
1.You will have a much easier time balancing schedules without having to get all the kids out to school, field trips, lunches, etc. You would need a babysitter anyway, drop the babies off and let the school age ones stay home. Partner up a teen with a elementary age kid for school work and housework.
2.The older children sound like they are old enough to school themselves, as well as watch some of the younger ones, you would need a babysitter for the babies anyway, if you are going to work. I for one, am wondering how you afford care for them now while you are working fulltime.
3.You could work all day and manage their schedules and check their work when they get home. Make sure that they have a trusted adult to get ahold of.
You could instead of saying no, say “How can we make this possible?” You could ask the kids that, and see what they come up with. I have seven kids, and I know how big families work together to make things happen, so your children must be capable of preparing meals, doing housework, and doing most of their homework by themselves.
Do you want to homeschool them if you can? if not don’t bother reading the rest…If you could make it work then…
I guess the question you need to answer yourself first is Do you think that homeschooling is the best option for your children? The fact that they all got together to make their case sounds to me like you have an incredible family and might want to take that into consideration. There are so many ways to homeschool and no 2 families do it the same.
You mentioned that you don’t have the money to send them “all” to private school maybe you could hire a college student or co-op with some other homeschool families.
Their are lots of single parents homeschooling. Type into a search engine single parent homeschoolers and see how many groups articles websites etc come up.
Here is i a good resource to start with
Best wishes for your family
You need to sit them down, tell them the truth of why you can’t home school them.
If what you have written gives the correct impression of your children, then they are ALL very bright and should understand your reasoning.
This is one of those times when HONESTY is the best policy.
I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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