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Homeschooling the Single Child

Homeschoolers report that it is sometimes more difficult to homeschool one child versus two or more children.

Many parents report that it is easy to place too much pressure on a single child, as the child is the sole focus of the parent’s day. Clashes may also arise between a parent and a single homeschooler as they are together for a large part of the day. Both parents and single homeschooled children report that they sometimes feel smothered by each other. Some children also feel lonely.

Parents who homeschool one child report that it is better for both of them if they allow the child some time to work alone. It is easy for the parent of a single homeschooler to hover over their child’s shoulder. This may handicap the child into becoming dependent upon their parent for approval, continually asking for help, and/or getting into the habit of not relying upon himself or herself to find answers.

While children do not need to feel that they are alone, saying things like “I’ll be back in ten minutes to check your work,” or “I’m going to start lunch while you do your math,” seems to work well.

When homeschooling a single child you may find that enrolling them in a support group or enrichment classes can greatly benefit him or her. This will give the child the opportunity to be around peers, work in a group, and learn to take instruction from someone other than a parent.

Being in a homeschool group will give the child the chance to make friends. You can encourage friendships with other homeschoolers by allowing your child to invite his or her new friends on outings or for play dates at your home or the park.

The Most Important Thing to Remember About Homeschooling a Single Child

You should keep in mind that burnout is a possibility if you and your child do not have time apart. You need as much time away from your child as he or she needs from you. When time is spent apart (even if that means just being alone in your own rooms) homeschooling becomes more enjoyable and less of a chore.

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