Hi, there! My heart is with you! This is how I am "currently" handling my 3 at different levels:TommyGirl wrote:I went back and read through the Hazells article again entitled "Help! How Do I Fit Everything In?" I would love to move through things as quickly as they do, but I don't see how that happens in reality.
For instance, math is scheduled for 40 mins. in the morning. But, if you have three children and they are all on different levels in math and you have to teach them each a lesson and then they have to do the lesson, how do you do all that in 40 minutes? How do you do the same thing with English in 20-30 minutes?
I would love to hear back how some of you teach to your multiple ages and how long it takes and how you order your days so that it all flows in a manageable way. Our days are not going badly right now, but I would like to improve if I can and still feel like they are all getting the individual attention and teaching that they need.
First, for spelling, writing, english,etc., I have given them the go ahead to work independently while I rotate spelling. So, while I am giving a spelling test to my oldest, the other two are working independently on english, or writing, or foreign language. And then we switch. If questions come up, especially for the youngest, an older sister can help.
Second, for math we all do math at the same time for 45 minutes. I started the younger one, teaching the lesson and get her going on her exercises, then the next and then the next. While they wait for me, they can practice fact cards and other drill sheets until I am ready. Once we got going, the older girls liked being independently working and reading the lesson to themselves. I go over their exercises when they are done.
Lastly, I can not seem to get my family going at 8am. Even though my dh and I are up at 5am, my girls can't move fast in the am. So I have them get their chores done and practice the piano in the morning and we take a walk together by 9:30am and at 10am they are ready to start school. To them they feel they have had a chance to see God's creation and have some creative time (piano) before school even starts!
Well , I have gone on, but I understand what you feel and I have changed our "schedule" more times than I can count. Hope this helps