Home Business And Home School – Making It Work

How do you run a home business and home school? Finding a balance between work and school is the goal for any homeschool family, but especially for homeschool families that also run home businesses. It is wonderful to be able to have a flexible schedule, but also important to be able to set realistic boundaries (ones that honestly, not everyone will respect or even understand). Do you run a home business and home school? How do you make it work?

Home Business and Home School – Making It Work

Our family has been building Honeycomb Design Studio for the last few years and we have developed a significant client base (over a 100 clients that we love) but we have also had to adapt as we have grown. We are only two people (Jonah and Honey) and we can only do so much in one twenty-four hour period (and I have finally hired two Virtual Assistants).

While it is very important to be adaptable and flexible, it is also important to know where to place firm boundaries. We are working hard to establish some boundaries with our clients and prepare for another level of growth in our business. Most, if not all, of our clients have been extremely respectful of these boundaries simply because they are homeschool mamas themselves trying to set their own boundaries.

Sometimes there are circumstances that require a moving or bending of the rigidness of those boundaries due to time constraints or other unknown variables and we need to be able to adapt to. For our family, that has often meant starting school later, rearranging our school days, doing school on the weekend, or creating a lighter work day.

We don’t like this adaptation to be the norm for us and we are working even harder to keep Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday completely free from direct one-to-one client work. We often don’t even turn on email or Skype until school is completely finished.

So, why am I writing all of this? Well, today was one of those adaptation days. We had to schedule an urgent client meeting before school even started. We could have chosen to cancel school for the day (since my sister and her kids are coming to play this afternoon), but instead, we chose to continue on and just get as much done as possible.

It is a relief to know that the schedule is set. We just need to go through the Family Workboxes (aka our buckets) and do a little bit in each subject and we will get through the day and when the timer goes off signalling the end of our day, it is what it is.

Bible

During our Bible time today we read and discussed John 3:16.
Download a pdf of the memory verse poster here – – > [Download not found]

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Math

We went to Khan Academy again today to watch our math video.

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We watched Subtraction 2 in the Khan Academy Arithmetic Playlist in case you are following along.

I printed some more subtraction worksheets from The Math Worksheet Site as a review.

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English

We reviewed the information on syllables from Natural Speller by Kathryn Stout

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and then we played Angry Syllables with our foam dice.

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Angry Syllables

The rules are simple:

  1. Roll the dice.
  2. Roll a pig – say a word with 3 syllables or more.
  3. Roll a bird – say a word with 2 syllables or less.

This was the longest word that Elisha came up with today:

Antidisestablishmentarianism.

Science

We reviewed yesterday’s reading from our new science book : Machines & Motion.

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and then we ventured on to YouTube to have a look at some videos related to topics that came up during our discussion:

The Major Laws Of Physics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsmn8fj-D3o

Mechanical Energy

Potential Energy

Energy & Energy Transformations

Energy Is Conserved

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p3msL1P8bw

And people (who are these “people”) said that cartoons are not educational…

A Few Questions For You

  1. Do you have a home business or work from home?
  2. Do you have to adapt your homeschool or work around circumstances like therapies?
  3. What is one thing that would make your life run more smoothly? (besides more time)
3 replies
  1. Joy
    Joy says:

    You are truly an inspiration. Even after reading what all you have done in a day, it still seems amazing that you can get some much done even with a home business!

    Reply
    • Honey
      Honey says:

      Hi Joy,

      We are working really hard to build “margin” into our day so that we have time for everything we need without things feeling rushed or everyone feeling stressed. It is really working and we are being more productive. It’s kind of weird, scheduling less is actually allowing us to get more done.

      Thanks for your comment. Some days I feel like I don’t check enough boxes off my list, but every step that I take forward is a step in the right direction.

      Blessings
      Honey

      Reply
  2. Dawn @ The Momma Knows
    Dawn @ The Momma Knows says:

    We do adjust things sometimes, but thankfully at this point at least, my blog business hasn’t overshadowed our school time… although there are times when I need to make an online appointment or face to face meeting that happens during a portion of our school day. That’s pretty rare though. (I belong to a group of NE Washington writers and we get together for coffee every other month, which is pretty fun!) And Elisha WOULD find that word. LOL. I had a very precocious 4th grade girl in my Missionettes class that found that in a dictionary once during class time. :) Right now I’m working on keeping my nights earlier, as in 11 or 12 instead of 12 or 1, as I prepare to take on another site and bigger responsibilities. Love the videos you find!!

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