At the last homeschool convention I went to, Heidi St. John was one of the speakers. She's kind of awesome.
One of the tips she threw out there really stuck with me. We have recently begun employing it as we rise to the challenge of homeschooling multiple ages.
It goes something like this:
- It's school time! Everyone get on the bus! Every day we're going to start by reviewing our memory verse, reciting catechism, and doing a Bible lesson and/or unit studies. Crafts and/or coloring may occur.
- Oh look! Time for the toddler to get off the bus and go play with grandma - ours lives with us :)
- Now the older kids can do some table work - workbooks, color by number, math, critical thinking exercises, etc. Let's squeeze in piano lesson review too, mkay?
- Oh look! Time for the preschooler to get off the bus and go play with grandma and the toddler.
- Now the oldest can work on his math book and reading lesson for the day.
- Everybody off the bus! Mom passes out.
Thus goes our "formal" school time, although we're learning things all day.
- Sing "wheels on the bus." It's fun.
- If you don't have a grandma to entertain the kids, try busy bags or other quiet activities. It may take some practice, but soon they'll know to play quietly with those activities while you finish up school. (Check out my "busy bag" Pinterest board.)
- Be prepared for those times when the toddler demands to get back on the bus. I employ snacks, coloring sheets, stickers, etc.
- Have a kid that doesn't want on the bus? Consider bribing with a sticker or treat reward chart.
How do you manage homeshooling multiple ages?
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