Whether you’ve been a single mom for a while or are just starting out on this adventure of parenthood, you may not be aware that there are many options of where to send your children to school to give them the best education possible and help them be successful once they grow up and move out. Even if you don’t feel like you can afford anything more than public school, there may be some options available to you if your child would do better in a different school setting. Take a look at this list to see if one of these options would work best for you and your family.
Montessori education has an emphasis on freedom within boundaries, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development, and independence. Many children who are active, engaged, and bright thrive in Montessori schools, because they are not bound to an educational system that expects children to all learn in the same way. While Montessori education can be great for many children, it can be quite expensive, since all Montessori schools are private institutions. The good thing is that if you’re serious about sending your child to a Montessori school and meet certain qualifications, grants may be available to you to help your child thrive in his or her education. This page features grant options that may help.
Homeschool or Co-op School
A classic style of homeschooling your child every day may not work for you if you are a single parent who works outside the home, but there’s no need to give up on your homeschool dreams just yet. Many children thrive in the home environment and excel in studies and activities, because they are given the time and freedom to work at their own pace. Many families have grown together in community to help support one another in the homeschool journey. Sometimes a group of families will gather, with a different parent teaching a group of students each day. This way, homeschool can work in the midst of busy schedules. See if your community has a homeschool group similar to this.
Private or Religious Schools
Many private schools offer grants and scholarships to children of single parents. Before writing off a fancy private school, inquire about whether or not they have financing options that will work within your situation.