Hi–I’m not yet homeschooling my two boys, who are just turning 4 and 2 this month. However, my husband and I are strongly leaning toward keeping our oldest home in 1.5 years when he is ready to start kindergarten. Our public schools aren’t too bad, but they are very liberal and we are not. The closest Christian school that I would be ok sending them to is about a 45-50 minute drive away, which isn’t feasible for us.
I’ve already started looking in the vast resources available online–it’s overwhelming!–because our situation is a bit different than most families and I feel I need to start researching now. I currently work 10-hour shifts, either 3 or 4 days per week which is 70 hours per 2-week pay period. When we start homeschooling I plan to drop my hours down to 3 days per week. Me staying home full-time is not an option as my salary is required for us to pay our mortgage and live where we live. I often work weekends (healthcare) which means I’ll be working only 2 weekdays on either side of the weekend. My husband’s schedule is fairly flexible and he’s off every Friday; he also works outside the house. My parents and husband’s parents both live an hour away and are very involved in our lives–our boys adore their grandparents.
My question to the community is: has anyone ever tag-team taught their children at home with their husbands and possibly grandparents? I plan on doing the bulk of the teaching (2-3 days per week), and husband would do 1-2 days, and grandparents would do 1 day per week. All six of us adults feel strongly that homeschooling is the best option for our boys…my mom in particular has stated that she wants to be involved and help any way she can. Our public school system has a part-time option that I am leaning towards where I could send my son to a nearby school one day a week with other homeschool kids where they would do drama, music, art, and Spanish–this would take some of the pressure off of us!
My concern is for lack of continuity in teaching. I think it might work best if we did things in a block schedule–my husband and I are both very good at math, I’m good at science, grammar, and reading, and neither of us prefer history! I would love any insights or experience anyone could provide on tag-teaming, especially in the younger years of homeschooling.
(Also–I’m particularly interested in curriculums that lean toward combining Bible/reading/grammar/literature/history and have little prep time required, so any input on that is also appreciated!)