Homeschooling is a commitment and it takes time. Sometimes finding the time will require some sacrifices. Unfortunately, some people who want to homeschool their kids, believe they cannot find the time so give up on the possibility of homeschooling entirely. But, like all other homeschool challenges, the problem of finding time is not insurmountable. There are two main thoughts you need to have to find the time to homeschool: You do not need to model your homeschool after public school and homeschooling typically takes less time to cover the same material as in public school.
Moms or dads who have the ability to stay home and educate their children are lucky. But, there are many families who give up on the idea of homeschooling because they have to work full time and cannot envision a way to sufficiently educate their children at home. Honestly, working full time and fitting in homeschool is difficult, it can be tiring but it is not impossible. You have to commit to doing it and get creative in your schedule.
There is no need to model your homeschool after public school. It may be what you are familiar with or what you grew up with but there is no need for your homeschool to look like public school. You are under no obligation to keep the same schedule, school the same days, start and end the same hours or take off on the same days. Once new homeschoolers understand this, they can start seeing options to fit in homeschooling even if their own work schedule seems prohibitive.
Many homeschoolers choose to conduct class year round instead of taking off for a large block of time in the summer. In fact, some homeschoolers choose to do their most intensive work during the summer when public school kids are swarming libraries, parks, zoos, museums and cultural centers. It allows the homeschooler to avoid long lines, crowds and to stay cool inside. They take the time when public school kids are in school to go to those areas of interest for hands on activities and classes. Schooling year round gives you a lot more flexibility in which days you can take off, too.
There is no rule that says you cannot conduct school in the evenings, early mornings or on the weekends. You can choose to home educate your children during traditional public school breaks or holidays to maximize the time you have for homeschooling.
Generally, homeschooling takes less time than traditional school. It is not because homeschoolers are simply always smarter than public school kids, it is because the nature of the process in public school is inefficient. Consider all the time spent in public school doing other things than learning because the teacher has to deal with a large number of children. This is virtually eliminated in homeschool, making the learning process more streamlined, thus, faster.
Consider all the wasted time spent in a traditional school environment. There is waiting to go to class, time between classes, waiting to get called on to answer questions, waiting for the class to settle down or get situated before the teacher can start, waiting on the entire class to finish, waiting in line to eat, waiting in line to go to recess, waiting in line to go to the bathroom or use the water fountain. Simply the time waiting for all that is eliminated in homeschool.
More importantly, though, the teacher in a public school setting has to design their class to cater to the whole regardless of skill level or understanding. When a child in the class is ready to move on, they have to wait for the rest of the class. In a homeschool setting, if you have scheduled a week to cover a particular topic and your child masters it in a day, you can move on or be done. Homeschool time management is substantially more efficient so it takes fewer hours in the day to cover the same material.
When you think about how much time is wasted in public school and that you do not need to model your homeschool after it, you can start thinking outside the box for solutions to your time problems. You can get creative with how to change your homeschool schedule to maximize the efficiency of learning. Even though working full time and educating your children at home can be a challenge, it is not impossible with some creative thinking.