We are schooling a bunch here too -- 12 yo ds, 10 yo ds, 8 yo ds, and my kindy girl. Plus my preschool girl, and a 1 yo boy who crawls everywhere at lightning speed.6patrix wrote:Wow, I got my box about 2 weeks ago, and I just can't stop reading all the books and attempting to plan our HS days. The Lord is giving more and more clarity as I pray and as I go, but I am wondering how all this is going to go.
I will be teaching a 7th gr, 5th gr, 2nd gr, and Kindergarten. Plus a very sweet toddler who will be 2 in Sept. I am thankful for the Lord leading us to MFW.
I could use any and all suggestions as to scheduling so many different levels. I would like the older 2 to be more independent (math, science & English for 7th). Plus I just don't want to be so focused on crossing off all the boxes that I forget about my littles or forget about enjoying my kids.
I would like to do a hs enrichment day once a wk, too. Will I be able to fit everything in 4 days? Any advice from others teaching 4 or w/ larger families would be appreciated.
P.S. Guess I should change my user name. We have 7 in fam now. (5 kids)
Wife to awesome husband (14 yrs) and 5 incredible kids: dd-12(almost), ds-10, ds-8, ds-5, dd-2(almost)
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about how to make all this happen is David Hazel's workshop on cd called "Help! My homeschool is chaos!" I just recommended it to someone on here the other day so you may have already heard this if you are following that other thread. But if not then I will hit the highlights -- that workshop really helped me with figuring out a system to help my older kids be a little more independent. It saved our school year this last year and revolutionized the way I assign schoolwork.
If you do get a chance to listen to the cd (or mp3 -- you can download it if you want) and you decide to give the whiteboard method that David describes a try, then I can tell you a few tweaks that I have been using for the last 6 months or so that made the method even more effective for my family of several kids.
I love your heart to not neglect the littles in the process of educating the olders. I'm right with you on that! I am sure you will get lots of other good ideas.