One of the questions that I am asked most frequently is
how do I teach 3 different children, who are at 3 different grade levels,
at the same time?
While I cannot answer for every homeschooling parent out there, I can tell you how we structure our days
and what works best for us.
So here goes…….
Our day starts with personal devotion time.
Our boys each take their bibles, devotional, journal and find a quiet corner somewhere in the house.
This usually last anywhere from 20-30 minutes.
After devotions, we have our family bible time.
This we complete as a family.
The boys have comprehension questions that they answer after our lesson.
Again, completed orally as a family.
This helps me gather a better understanding of which child is grasping the material and which child needs review.
Many of our subjects are handled in the same way.
After bible, each child works independently on his own.
Independent subjects include :
Math, quiet reading time, spelling, vocabulary and grammar, and journal.
Each child works at his own level, on his own.
I, of course, am there to help in whatever area needed.
Science, history, geography, electives, and our novel studies are all done as a family.
This includes art projects, writing assignments, experiments, and comprehension questions.
By completing certain subjects together, I am able to tone down, or make more challenging certain assignments depending on the child.
Which brings me to our curriculum….
When choosing our curriculum for the next school year, I try to choose something engaging and hands on.
There a quite a few publishers that we adore, and we usually stick with those.
But more on that later…..
I always choose a curriculum that is geared toward my oldest child’s grade level.
In this way, I am assured that he is gaining the knowledge he needs.
It also keeps my younger two ahead of the game.
I am also free to add extra projects, or make easier the suggested projects from the book if needed.
(Pinterest is my friend!)
I try not to tone down lessons first. I like to see if my kids get the concept being taught first.
Then, if needed, add more engaging projects or watch videos, or complete some other activity.
More often than not, they surprise my socks off!
Currently, my kids are studying Physics and Chemistry, and are totally rocking it out. No need for simplifying here!
One last thing :
I try to encourage my kids to help each other.
If one grasps a concept easily, but another is struggling, I encourage them to work together.
Not only does this reinforce the new concept in the child who finds it easier,
hearing it explained from a peer helps the one who is struggling.
Its a win win!
There is no shortage of helpers in our home!
Plus, it makes me crazy proud to see my boys working together!
Thats our day in a nutshell.
Do you teach multiple children? If so, please share how you structure your days?
I would love to hear!!