I asked some of my gal pals, “How do you juggle multiple children while homeschooling? Do you combine subjects? How do you deal with little ones? Does it change when you have teens?” I was curious, as I’m homeschooling multiple kids, and I was hoping for some good advice.
In case you’re looking for stellar advice on this subject, I’ve included their answers below –
Linda – I usually have my youngest on my lap while my kindergarten-aged child is next to me. I read a lot and incorporate play into many of the lessons. This way, both kids benefit. Also, both kids feel like they’re getting my attention, which is always a plus.
Sue – I have 6 kids. I work with my younger kids in the morning while my older children are doing independent work. After lunch, my younger kids play while I work with my older children.
Mary – I have younger and older kids. My older kids get their studies done first. Then, they take turns watching the youngest ones, so I can work with my middle-aged kids. Homeschooling is truly a family affair at our house. I try to get all the in-house subjects taken care of before lunch. After lunch, we have free time – which includes play time, outside classes, doctor appointments, etc.
Janet – My teens are mostly responsible for their own work, and they do a lot online. I do combine my younger kids, when possible.
Ann – I have a 10, 8, 6 and 5 year old. There are some subjects we do together, but I give different assignments, since they’re at different levels. For instance, if we read a book together, I might have my oldest write a book report, and ask my youngest to tell me a little bit about the story.
Sara – I have a 10th grader and a 6th grader. We read together as a family, we do field trips together and we do some electives together. But my oldest child works a lot independently and takes some outside classes.
Lana – I have two teens and a 3rd grader. My two oldest do a lot of things on their own, and they work a lot together. I work closely with my 3rd grader, and her big sisters help her as well. It’s great to see everyone pitching in.
Maggie – I have three boys, ages 8, 9, and 11, and I have a baby girl. Because the boys are close in age, I can combine subjects easily, differentiating them just a bit. We do a lot while the baby is still sleeping, and when she’s up, she has toys to keep her busy – so far she hasn’t been too disruptive. As she gets older, I’ll make busy boxes for her.
There you have it! How other homeschoolers are making it work!
Do you have any tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.