Mom, are you feeling like it is time to learn something new? Not your children, you. Every time a new school year rolls around, so many of us get excited about what we are going to teach our children during that school year. With around 180 days of school ahead of us, that is just enough time for anyone to learn something new. How about you?
Each school year is not only an opportunity for children to learn something new, but it is also a chance for homeschool moms to learn a new skill or acquire more knowledge in an area of interest to them. If you ask a homeschool mom, she may tell you there is just not enough time to work one more thing into her schedule. Often, that may be true, but it is also possible to work in “just one more thing.”
And keep in mind that, if you have middle school or high school students, you can learn right along with them! If your children are at the table “doing school,” sit down with them and work on your own studies. It sets a great example for your children, and it may encourage you to be more diligent about your own learning as you encourage them to learn too.
Regardless of what others may think, it takes a lot of time and energy to homeschool. If you are completing the required amount of work, you know you are not just sitting around at home doing nothing. Right now during this homeschool season, going to school full-time (and even part-time) may not be an option for you in the midst of educating your own child. But there is one thing about learning, it can happen anywhere and over any period of time. There are many resources available to moms who feel like it is time to learn something new.
You may keep the learning close to home and right at your fingertips. There are a number of websites where you can start the process. If you have the time and are able to manage taking credit-based courses, you may earn credit towards a certificate or degree. If that is not the route you prefer, you may consider taking continuing education courses. Both options should be available through a local community or four-year college in your area with online and on-site opportunities.
Other online locations for continuing education may be found through websites like edX, MIT OpenCourseWare, and The Great Courses. Some of those locations have courses that will earn you credit toward a degree.
If you need to sharpen your skills in some of the academic areas you will be teaching your child in school, why not Khan Academy? So many parents use and rave about the resources found at that website. If they work well for your children, the courses may work just as well for you.
There is no pressure to learn at a certain pace. Set your own schedule. You may set a schedule for yourself to complete quarters or semesters like your child. Some other options are to study through the current school year or not set any time limit and just learn.
Take some time this school year and allow yourself to excel too. Learn something new. What you learn will not only be great for you, but it will benefit your children too. The more you know, the more you will be able to share with your children and enhance their education experience.
Do you currently participate in any kind of continuing education? If so, what do you enjoy? Or, if you don’t currently do this, what would you like to do in the future?