I'd love to hear some opinions on this, too. We've never found a great solution, schedule-wise. We've tried everyone doing math at the kitchen table, and there is always frustration while I teach one and it is distracting someone else. When everyone alternates it works better, but drags out our day.my3sons wrote:I am wondering if anyone follows the idea of the suggested schedule that are listed in the Teacher's Manuals? Not the exact times or even the order, but doing one subject with everyone at one time? And if you do that with multiple ages, how does that work?
We have adapted the workbox system and the kids do math, grammar, handwriting, and their homework for Community Bible study on their own. My 9 year old does his reading independently as well, my 7 yr old reads to me. Of course they ask if they need help, but most of the time they are able to complete those subjects on their own. Together we do Bible, geography, science, music/art and read alouds.
This has worked well for us except that I wonder if the kids would benefit from more instruction time. I know that in the MFW's lesson plans for Singapore Math, said that I should be doing the TB regularly with the kids, but I have not been. Right now we only do that if it is a new concept that they are struggling with. They seem to be doing well, but I am sure that me walking through that as well some of the other subjects would be of benefit.
So... if you do, for example, math with different levels at one time, how do you do it? I see that hard to do logistically... how do you teach two (or three) different math concepts in that time? Also, there tends to be a lot of extra, off the subject talking when we do things together!
Also, where do you fit in the littles that have not yet joined the 5 year cycle and are doing K or 1st?
With the addition of a new baby, our system needs to be tweaked and I am looking for good ideas!
Right now I have my girls (8 and 10) do some independent subjects (reading, handwriting, sometimes science) while I teach phonics to youngest. The only problem is that my 8 y.o. really needs more practice reading aloud to me, and she is doing most of her reading silently.
In my ideal house we would have a huge schoolroom with 3 desks in different corners so that we could have everyone do a subject like math simultaneously, and I could rotate around to check or answer questions. In my real house (where we do school in the living room, kitchen, and small den with a kid sized table) I think I need to brainstorm this summer to figure out a creative solution.
I also see that my kids need to grow in patience. And I do too