Any homeschooling moms out there?

  1. Hello Ladies and Gents,

    I know this might sound kinda crazy, I'm not sure of my sanity level myself, but I'm a homeschooling mom who cannot deny any longer my other calling in life which is to be a nurse.

    At this point it is not a matter of if but when I will be going to go to nursing school so I wanted to ask those of you out there that have been there and done that about what you think is the best way to go about this...

    Ideally, I know, I should wait until my youngest (now 3) graduates HS to go to school myself, but there is no way I can wait 15 years!!! So... I was thinking of taking two years of pre-reqs first, starting with all the online and distance education classes... Then going for the two full-time years (mon-thu 7am-2pm) it would take to get my AA at my local community college (10mins away from my house by car), but my question is when??? Is it better to go ASAP while my other kids (3rd grade and K) are still in the easier elementary grades, or wait until even my youngest is in junior high (which is still another 9-10 years...) when they do more independent work?

    I am really going crazy over this decision, please help! I really want to be there for my kids, but I can't deny myself this visceral need any longer.

    Thank you in advance!

    Waterlily.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   ShayRN
    I don't homeschool, but GO!!!! If you feel that strongly that you want to be a nurse, you will find a way to make it happen. Good Luck!
  4. by   markm739
    Greetings, waterlily!

    I have 7 children, have homeschooled for almost 20 years, and just finished my BSN this year. I had a previous degree, so all I had to do was take the science courses and then go full time for 2 years.

    As much as I would like to say follow your heart right now, when you should do it needs to be considered in the light of how much support you have and what your arrangements are. In my case, I had a husband with a flexible job, a mother in law on the property, and very helpful older children, so everything fit together for me (although my spouse was tired!) I graduated summa cum laude, but to do that I had to spend some late hours studying. I don't know how ADN programs compare; maybe the difficulty of the tests will be less, but even so, you have to count on a lot of fatigue and pressure, and if you try to do this without enough support, you may find yourself with many a tearful day.

    Something else which helped was that I began using a satellite program a few years ago, which does the lesson planning for me - all we have to do is assemble materials, grade work and provide feedback. My youngest was 5 when I began the full time part; she is now 7 and is reading like a champ and learning like a sponge - I could go on and on about the others, but the readers would start falling out

    On the positive side, one of my instructors made this statement one day which made a deep impression on me - she said, "Find something which is your passion in life, and do it!" I feel that I have.....the other thing to be considered is that your kids won't always be there; I looked ahead from where I am, and wanted a productive, rewarding way to spend my last years.

    ICU Newbie

    BSN May 2005
    NCLEX survivor July 2005
  5. by   prettymama
    All I can say is that....go girl !!!!! do what you want.
    You can do it mama!

    Jessica
  6. by   ChristineN
    Hi Waterlilly, I'm not a homeschooling mama (although when I do have children I do dream of homeschooling them), but as a homeschool graduate I wanted to say "hey." My mother was also nurse, although she never went back to the workforce once she got married and started having babies. If you have a supportive spouse, it would going back to school alot easier, since you would have someone to watch the kids, etc.
  7. by   Nurse Ratched
    Moving this to the break room.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am a homeschooling mom of 2. I have a lot of experiences, mostly learned the hard way, in this regard.

    I have to say do your schooling, NOW. Homeschooling young elementary-aged kids is much easier than later on, at the middle-school and high school level. I homeschool a boy, 13, and girl, 6. The girl gets all her work done in about 1.5 hours. It's just so easy to do hers, cause she is still at that wonderment stage, where learning is nothing but fun. She is reading at the 3rd grade level (she just learned to read last year) and doing very well in all her subjects. We use Alpha Omega as a our curriculum and it works great. She also is learning Spanish as her elective. Yep, we manage to do all her schooling, plus 1/2 hour reading daily, in just about 1.5-2 hours.

    Don't allow yourself to think for a minute, as they get older, they are that much more independent. Teenagers, if you ask me, need us MUCH more, in some ways, than toddlers do. There are so many areas where they can stumble and end up in trouble. Remember, as you approach the middle to high school years, your parenting/homeschooling energies will be directed at preparing kids for college or adult life. This is not easy! You have to physically BE there to do this---not struggling all day at school or a job. It's not easy, when you are homeschooling teens, but it is very satisfying.

    I have learned this the hard way too: The work gets more challenging and teenagers are very adept at cutting corners and getting out of work if you do not watch very carefully what they are doing. This alone, is very time-consuming, trust me. They need your presence more than ever during these critical years. They are like toddlers in huge, hormonal bodies, if you get my drift.


    My son is 13, like I said. His work takes so more time and energy on both our parts, to complete. He really does need a lot more guidance and oversight on my part. I would HATE to be struggling w/nursing school and homeschooling a kid at this point (8th grade and beyond) . Just to illustrate: His work usually takes about 5-6 hours a day to accomplish, versus the 2 hours for my 1st grader.

    So, you see where I am going. If you want to go to nursing school/university--- NOW is the time, while they are young. From what I see, high school for my son, will be very intense around here. Esp w/our plans of using an online academy for his education base. I will take a lot more of my time and energy to help along and prepare for college. It's all I can do to keep up now, being a part time nurse and homeschooling mom (my husband is wonderful and supportive, but is military, so the education is mainly MY job right now)

    Hope this helps. No time like the present, is my bottom line for you.

    Please feel free to PM me or ask anything here, Would love to help.

    deb
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Oct 10, '05
  9. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    I am glad to see such support for home schooling!! I considered it, but I didn't feel as if it would work out for us.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It is not for everyone. If you don't have alot of time or patience, it won't work out.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    some homeschooling resources for anyone, esp the OP:

    www.hslda.org

    http://www.apexlearning.com/
    http://www.coolmath.com/
    http://www.edupuppy.com/
    http://www.kinderart.com
    http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/newt...ling/index.php
    http://www.home-school.com/
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/index.htm
    http://www.everydayscience.org/shows/show_title.php3#N
    http://www.starfall.com/ (learning to read!)
    http://www.m-w.com/home.htm (online dictionary/thesaurus)
    http://www.homeschool.com/ (your virtual homeschool support site)

    I have others, this is just a start. Good luck to anyone homeschooling or considering it!

    I am sorry the OP can't post replies to the thread as it's in the breakroom....but anyone having input or questions is welcomed to PM me and I will do whatever I can to help out.

    deb
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Deb gave some great advice which I completely agree with - homeschooling younger children is a breeze and really doesn't take much time each day.

    I homeschooled my older kids - it was awesome to teach them to read.

    I now have a 4 year old and am of the belief that everyone homeschools their own kids . .. . you sit your child on your lap and read to them, you point out colors, you count with them, etc.

    If you want to do this, younger is better.

    steph

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