Homeschoolers often wonder if they have the freedom to homeschool at any hour of the day. Every family has a schedule (or lack-of) that works for them. Often new homeschoolers will try to recreate school at home. Starting school at 8am and ending by 3pm. If this works for you and your family, it’s perfect! Some families choose to start later in the day, allowing their children to sleep in later. Other families have a spouse that works odd hours, so they will homeschool around those hours to maximize the time spent together. Homeschooling at night is a perfectly acceptable option. One of the greatest assets of homeschooling is that you have the flexibility to do what works for the members of your family.
Reasons to Homeschool at Night
Child that functions better at night – This is especially common with teens. As a young teen I felt more alert in the evening hours. I was more productive and creative at night. Even now, my best work is completed very late at night when the rest of the world is sleeping.
One parent works at night – If a parent works at night and sleeps during the day they miss time with their kids. The other parent is also saddled with the responsibility of trying to keep everyone quiet so mom or dad can sleep. This is no fun for anyone! Starting work in the evening or night hours means that children have more time with their other parent.
Homeschooling parent works days – A homeschooling parent that works days can choose to teach at night. I did this for a year. Working until 4pm and homeschooling after dinner.
The beauty of it all is that you can try it, and if you find that it doesn’t work for your family, you can always switch to the old schedule.
Do you homeschool at night? What’s your reason? Let us know in the comments.
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