View Full Version : Help! Does anyone homeschool and attend college at the same time?

06-21-2011, 02:02 PM
Hi. I am new here, but I have homeschooled my four kiddos from the beginning--the oldest is 14. Now I need to go back to college and finish my degree and we are trying to figure out what to do about homeschooling. My husband and I are torn over the decision. I would love to continue to homeschool, but my class schedule is only so flexible, not to mention when could I do my class work uninterupted, etc, etc...Can anyone offer any advice? I am terrified of making a decision that could have a tremendously negative impact on them. Help!

p.s. my 14yr old says she "wants" to go to high school, but she really has no idea what it's like...we are relaxed homeschoolers who have always had the free time to read, write, create, etc. as the mood struck. How could she thrive in high school?

Stella M
06-22-2011, 07:21 PM
I don't but I have a single parent homeschooling friend who is finishing off her degree. She has 6 kids but is only homeschooling the 4 youngest 14 - 6yrs.

However...she studies via distance education. Most of her work is online with a few residential a year. I have no idea about the American higher education system! Is this at all possible ?

She doesn't find 'finding the time' to do assignments difficult. She mostly does them at night.

Can you finish your degree part time so the study load is halved ?

I don't know about high school. Maybe your daughter could thrive...I would want to stagger the changes in the family if I could...

Sorry if this is no help to you b/c the system is so different to what I know over here...good luck! I'm sure it can be done...

06-22-2011, 08:43 PM
I'm not in school right now, but was in a Nursing program for the first two years of my DS's schooling (so, close to 20 hours a week out of the home for class, not counting study time). DH worked from home and was able to do childcare when I wasn't available, but I did most of the schooling. It worked out for us. That was just one kid being taught, but at an age where he needed direct supervision and instruction every step of the way.

There are so many factors involved. How old are the rest of your kids? If they're old enough to work relatively independently, it could work better than if they're not reading yet and need parental involvement for every little thing. How supportive and willing to cooperate are the kids and DH? Can the older kids help out with the younger ones? What sort of student are you - do you need the full suggested 3 hours per credit unit or whatever it is study time, or can you do well with less?

It's really hard to say which kids will thrive in high school and which won't - and that goes for anyone, not just homeschooled kids. You also have to define what "thrive" means - I have friends who had a really good, positive time at my high school, though they didn't tend to get wonderful grades. I graduated with honors, but was horribly depressed most of the time. Which of us "thrived"? If she's willing and able to work with the structure and the social issues, she probably has as much chance of thriving as anyone else.

If you're worried that she won't be able to handle the academic expectations, could you use a more structured curriculum or online charter school for a year as a transition? Alternatively, there are in-person high schools that offer less structured programs, and you could see if there is one near you.

06-23-2011, 12:01 PM
I just finished up my BA this past March but the majority of it was online and we were not really officially schooling yet. I am starting my Masters end of August and we will be officially schooling then but my entire Masters will be online and I intend to do as I have done before with mostly doing my homework at night.

In your case it does depend on what the ages of the kids are and what you schedule is for school? Maybe if you post that we can give more solid advice or ideas on how to make it work.

06-24-2011, 10:17 AM
I was homeschooling my first (pre-k) and pregnant/my second was an infant while I was going to school. I went online and it was a struggle sometimes, but I finished and with a really great GPA. I only got an associates though, not sure when or if I will ever get my BA. Dh (who homeschools at least 50% of the time) works full time and went back to college last year. He didn't seem to have much trouble as far as homeschooling went.

06-25-2011, 04:12 PM
I finished my degree in the past couple years, but all my courses were online. In the past, I put the kids in school for practical reasons and really regretted it. I also found that dealing with public school stuff took up pretty much as much of my time as homeschooling! (Just in different ways.)