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Homeschooling moms everywhere will tell you that homeschooling multiple age groups is possible. In fact, most of the time they tell you to combine as many subjects as you can together and you will do alright. What they don’t tell you and what caused me the greatest confusion was how in the world was I suppose to combine all my children together when one was a middle schooler and the other three were on the younger elementary level?!?!? It took two years of tear-filled days to learn that it is truly possible to homeschool children with a large gap in their age and maintain my sanity.
Here are a few things that I have found to be most helpful in our journey.
- Don’t be afraid to help the older children to become independent learners. The older your children are the more they need to be willing to take their own education seriously and without you holding their hand. In our home we use folders for the younger children and our older child has his own planner that is filled with his assignments. While your older one is doing independent work that is the perfect time to work with the younger children on their reading, writing, and math.
- Dare to use lots of unit studies. Unit studies can be tailored to literally any age group. Many times you can even find unit study resources free through Pinterest or even some of your favorite homeschooling sites. The important thing I have found about unit studies is that they are even more fun when I allow my children to pick what we are actually going to learn about. The older student can even help do some of the research!
- Encourage your children to help teach each other. My oldest loves helping the younger ones with their reading exercises . My second oldest loves to review phonics sounds with the younger ones. No matter what the level of learner you are working with the older ones can help with reviewing their material with them and the younger ones will love it.
- Have a review day for each child. Each one of our children has a review day with mom. On each child’s review day we will play a game together just the two of us and go over things that they seem to be having trouble with.
- Utilize some of the amazing online curriculums that are available. One of our major ones is Teaching Textbooks which we use for math. We also use an online program for Spanish and another one for spelling. These resources help keep track of your child’s progress and it helps you breathe just a little bit easier.
- Believe in yourself. Greet each school day knowing that you can handle this and you can do it. Your attitude can make or break a school day.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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