Large Family Homeschool Tip: Let Your Child Teach

Although I #homeschool a bunch of kids, I know that I don’t often share things specifically geared towards #largefamily #homeschooling. That’s because since our routine has stayed largely the same for several years, I felt like I already shared all the tips I’ve used.

Until now.

As I was going through my book of video topics, I came across a note I made several years ago when my now-18-year-old daughter was teaching her siblings once a week. If you’re looking for a way to breathe life into your day, this might be just what you’re looking for.

2020/2021 Relaxed Homeschool Routine and Curriculum for 7 Kids!

Since our first day #backtohomeschool is now three days away, today I posted our planned routine and curriculum for the 7 school age kids I have left. It feels like only yesterday I was still homeschooling 10. Time really does fly.

Simple Homeschooling for Multiple Children

Homeschooling multiple children can feel like a juggling act, and the more children you have, the more tricks you need to have up your sleeve.

Today on YouTube, I shared some ideas for homeschooling when you’ve got more than one or two kids.

Our Homeschool Morning Basket for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade

As a relaxed homeschooling family, our family’s combined learning time is crucial to our everyday routine. When you’ve got multiple children learning- all at separate levels- consolidating your homeschool regimen as much as possible is an absolute must.

For us, this happens during our daily morning time.

As with all homeschooling techniques, morning time can and will look different for everyone. One thing that most families who incorporate this routine into their day will have in common is a morning basket.  Continue reading “Our Homeschool Morning Basket for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade”

A Relaxed Homeschool Approach to KONOS Character Curriculum

I cannot even begin to count the number of times I have mentioned KONOS Character Curriculum on my blog. This unit study resource is not only just about my favorite tool in our homeschool, but it’s also a symbol.

You see, after I burned out, sent my kids back to school, and then withdrew them again, KONOS was the first curriculum I used after I finally decided to never replicate school again.

Ever.  Continue reading “A Relaxed Homeschool Approach to KONOS Character Curriculum”

Large Family Homeschool Hack #1: Grouping and Alternating

Today I’m back for Day 2 of my series, How to Homeschool Multiple Children Without Going CrazyYesterday I gave an overview of what I’ll be sharing this week, but today I’m going to get down to the nitty gritty.

Of all the homeschool hacks I’ve learned in my eight years of living this lifestyle, grouping and alternating has been the glue that holds our homeschool together, which is why I’ve chosen to share this one first. It is the foundation our homeschool structure is built upon. (Watch my video on grouping your kids here.) Continue reading “Large Family Homeschool Hack #1: Grouping and Alternating”

How to Homeschool Multiple Children Without Going Crazy

When it comes to homeschooling, the absolute hardest part for me has been coming up with a suitable game plan for teaching multiple children. And I mean multiple children. 

Ten to be exact.

After homeschooling for eight years, I still don’t have it all together. I continue to tweak things here and there every now and then in the hopes of getting it right, but I’ve come to the realization that it will never be perfect. It just won’t.   Continue reading “How to Homeschool Multiple Children Without Going Crazy”

An Inside Look at Our Relaxed Homeschool- Spotlight on the Middles

The other day I wrote about a specific day in our homeschool with the littles. Today I’m going to focus on a recent day of learning with my 9, 10, and 12 year olds. 

As with my younger children, I do not consider only our structured homeschool time as our learning time because each day brings so many opportunities for natural learning experiences that I’d be remiss to not mention them.

As you may notice, our middle children’s homeschool day is very similar in structure to their younger siblings’. It is this familiarity that helps me remember everything that has to be done from day to day- and it also helps me keep my sanity!  Continue reading “An Inside Look at Our Relaxed Homeschool- Spotlight on the Middles”

5 Practical Tips for Homeschooling Multiple Children

Of all the topics I write about, the one that generates the most interest is how to homeschool multiple children. I totally get it. If you apply the methods used by traditional schools to a home learning atmosphere, this could undoubtedly prove to be a stressful and hectic situation.

Fortunately, we homeschoolers are not bound by the routines held by compulsory schools. We have the freedom to tailor what we do to fit the indiviual needs of our own families.

Isn’t that awesome?

Today I would love for you to join me over at Busy Boys Brigade for the 20 Days of Homeschooling Encouragement Blog Party, where I’ll be tackling this very issue. While you’re there, take some time to read some of the other amazing posts in htis series. You’ll be sure to feel refreshed and energized to start your new homeschool year!

Hope to see you there!

3 Easy Steps to Homeschooling Multiple Ages

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Does the prospect of homeschooling several children have you feeling a little nervous for the coming year? After seven years of homeschooling my extra-large family, I’ve finally found a plan that works for our family that keeps the kids happy and learning, and Mom calm and confident.

Today I’ll be over at my friend Jen’s blog, Practical by Default, where I’ll be discussing the 3 most important ways we’ve kept sanity in our homeschool. Additionally, I’ve given examples of what our daily homeschool routine actually looks like.

If you’re looking for advice on homeschooling your growing family, this is where to find it.

Hope to see you there!