Yes, I'm sure it IS tiring going back and forth, but at least your oldest guy can concentrate. So, maybe that's what you need to do.momof3boys wrote:I need some tips from you who have more than one homeschooling. This is my first year of having 2 and I am having difficulties balancing them.
I have a 7yo ds doing MFW1 and a 5yo ds doing MFWK. It seems that my oldest is getting all the attention and the younger is not getting much. I am not getting to do anything with him beyond the creation book. The other steps of the day get lost.
My oldest needs absolute quiet and one on one attention for school. We have 3 boys, so it's never quiet in our house. He ends up going in my bedroom for schoolwork where the other one does it at the table. Going back and forth is tiring.
Should I just do one in the morning and the other in the afternoon?
Thanks for the help! -wendy
I've got four school-aged kids. I did my best to come up with a schedule so that each kid gets a little bit of me. I won't waste space here detailing my schedule (unless you want it???). However, here are a few things that work for us...
1. Get the oldest two going on their independent stuff first. Use this time for lessons and such for the younger two.
2. Allow the little ones to do a craft or something like that (I have a love-hate relationship with Play-Doh) while I work with the big kids.
3. Allow the little wigglers to doodle during Bible time or other story time (but not during prayer time). I find that my son, especially, listens and retains things much better if he can sit still with some markers and paper. So, I just get out those things first thing in the morning.
4. All my kids appreciate a "recess" after about two hours of schooling (remember, it's solid school work for the older ones and not so solid for the younger ones). Depending on the weather, they all go to the basement or the backyard. For 15-20 minutes, they all run around and play. Even my 11 yo benefits from this. I use the time to put up any books I'm done with and collect things (such as art or science supplies or reading books) for the next hour or so.
5. At the end of the day, I record what we did in a small planner (which is acting like a diary and not a planner). It's easy to see if I ignored someone too much.
6. Remember that your oldest guy is still quite young and it will be a while before you can juggle all of them with ease. That's fine. God wasn't surprised by the fact you're here homeschooling a bunch of very young active boys! He's fine with it!
7. When doing two programs, don't feel like you have to do it all! Do just some of it. Pick what will benefit your boys most. That's what we did with combining K and ECC. We did the science and art from ECC and rarely added science and art activities from K. That's fine.
I'm looking forward to reading the other posts. Hang in there.